DIRECTOR ::Dr. Chris Vecchione, 919.807-3911

MISSION :: To ensure that federal and state education funds contribute to the goal of all students meeting or exceeding rigorous state standards.

What is the focus of our work?
The Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division supports approximately $514,000,000 in federal funds provided to districts and schools each year. The primary role of the Division is to provide grants administration, program monitoring, data collection and reporting, and to facilitate the necessary technical assistance to ensure not only compliance, but quality programs for students. Compliance is the first step toward program quality; monitoring is the springboard to providing technical assistance.

Why do we monitor?

How can we help?

Every Student Succeeds Act.

The US Congress approved the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act in December 2015 - the Every Student Succeeds Act. This is the law that provides most of the federal programs in support of K-12 education. The December 2015 action replaces the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, and begins the rule-making process at the federal level and the planning process in North Carolina and all other states.

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Below are links pertaining to the State of North Carolina's implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (reauthorized as Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015).

Early Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act in North Carolina
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015, bolsters federal support for early learning and provides opportunity to strengthen the birth-through-third grade continuum - a critical strategy to improve third grade reading proficiency. In September 2017, North Carolina submitted its state plan (pdf, 6.5mb) to comply with the federal law. Now, North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are preparing their district ESSA plans for the 2018-19 academic year.

As LEAs build their district ESSA plans, they will be required to engage early learning stakeholders. Stakeholders may include, but are not limited to, Head Start, Title 1, Smart Start, elementary school principals and teachers, child care administrators and teachers, Child Care Resource and Referral, Exceptional Children, McKinney Vento, NC Pre-K Committee, family engagement professionals, community college system, community organizations supporting dual language learners, health care providers, existing early childhood collaboratives (e.g., Campaign for Grade-Level Reading), higher education and others.

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) is partnering with the Office of Early Learning and the NC Head Start Collaborative Office at the Department of Public Instruction to support LEAs and early childhood community leaders in collaborating to develop the early learning components of the LEA's ESSA district plans.

Please visit here for additional information and/or contact:

  • Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant, Office of Early Learning, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Karen McKnight, M.Ed., Director, NC Head Start State Collaboration Office

NEW Title I Resource
The Title I, Part A Handbook Revised 2017
Tools and Tips for Title I Directors is intended to assist Title I Directors in managing their Title I programs throughout the school year. The technical assistance documents in the Title I, Part A Handbook are intended to provide an overview of the authorizing statute and should be used in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education (USED) policy guidance.
(pdf, 648kb | docx, 198kb)    LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

  • NEW!! Educational Stability of Children in Foster Care under Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), contains key protections for children in foster care that require state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to collaborate with child welfare agencies (CWAs) to ensure the educational stability of children in foster care. These provisions, which took effect on December 10, 2016, require SEAs and LEAs to work with CWAs to ensure that children in foster care experience minimal educational disruption as the result of their foster care placement and receive the same educational opportunities as their peers.

    At the state level, staff from the Division of Social Services (DSS) at the North Carolina Department of Human and Health Services (DHHS), the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and the SERVE Center at UNCG have identified state-level POCs for both education and child welfare and collaborated to develop clear procedures to serve foster children.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to the SEA Foster Care Point of Contact at 1.800.352.6001 or by email at ncfoster@serve.org.


  • MOA - Title I and Child Nutrition
    (pdf, 257kb)   LAST UPDATED: MARCH 4, 2019