Federal Programs

We support Title I-A schools Pre-K-12, SKPS Native Education Program, and the McKinney-Vento Program for students experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. We provide an opportunity for feedback and collaboration at Parent Advisory Committee meetings. We also support local private school Title I-A programs.

Federal Programs Manual


Federal and State Grant Programs Handbook for Schools

What We Do at Title I-A – Federal Programs

Our Federal Programs Department manages federal grant funding to PreKindergarten-12 public and private schools. These grants include Title I-A, I-D, IV-A, VI, and McKinney-Vento (Homelessness). We are committed to supporting academic success for all through the innovative, effective and compliant use of federal, state and community resources. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the primary federal law affecting K-12 education. The main goal of ESEA is to help all students in the state to reach proficiency in meeting state academic standards.

This is the largest source of federal education funding in Salem-Keizer School District. The purpose of this grant is to provide additional support to schools that serve children who have risk factors like poverty or high mobility. Research has demonstrated that these factors make it more difficult for children to be successful in school. Eligible schools receive an amount of money based on the number of students in the school who qualify for Free or Reduced price meals. Administration, teachers and parents work together to develop a plan for how they can use this money so that all students can achieve to their highest potential. Schools use data to create School Improvement Plans that prioritize their work around instruction, professional development, and parent and family involvement needs.

There are currently openings in both the English and Spanish sections. For more information, go to the Preschool page or call 503-399-5510.

The district Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of parents and district Title I-A administration working together to provide opportunities for parents to be involved and informed about programs and policies in our schools and district. Each Title I-A school is to provide parent representation on the committee and these members provide two-way communication to the PAC regarding parent concerns, questions, and suggestions for improvement. In turn, PAC members report information about the PAC work back to their home school. The meetings are an opportunity for parents to discuss policies and procedures in SKPS as well as collaborate and help develop new programs to help increase parental involvement at the school and district level.

In conjunction with our PAC parents Salem-Keizer School District provides multiple and ongoing opportunities to build capacity in our families.  Centrally offered classes for families may include English Acquisition for parents, preparing for GED, antibullying, social media, Love and Logic, career and college  readiness, and strengthening families. We are always looking for suggestions and new community partners in this work.

In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed and ended Oregon’s flexibility waiver effective August of 2016. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to develop accountability models that meaningfully differentiate schools for supports. As part of Oregon’s commitment to strengthening school district systems, ODE will partner with school districts to better support schools in need of targeted (TSI) or comprehensive (CSI) supports.

Understanding School Identification under Oregon’s ESSA Accountability Model
Identification of CSI and TSI schools takes a holistic approach by looking at multiple data points called indicators. Those indicators include:

  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • English Language Arts (ELA)/Math Achievement
  • ELA/Math Growth
  • English Learner (EL) Progress towards Proficiency
  • 9th Grade-on-Track
  • 4-Year Graduation
  • 5-Year Completion

Under the new model, each indicator will be ranked by levels (1-5). Level 3 represents the state average. Schools identified for Comprehensive (CSI) and Targeted (TSI) Supports for Improvement are defined as:

  • CSI – Any Title I school with a Level 1 in at least half of the rated indicators and any high school with a four-year graduation rate below 67%.
  • TSI – Any school with a specific group of students with a Level 1 in at least half of the rated indicators, which include the four-year graduation rate and five-year completer rate.

This grant provides funds for youth in state-operated institutions or community day programs. It also provides assistance to school districts who work with local correctional facilities.

This department works with local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other groups toward the goal of ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also recognize the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Native children.

Learn more about the Indian Education program here. 

This grant guarantees all children and youth the right to an equal education, regardless of their living situation. Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Those covered by the law have the right to: expedited enrollment in the appropriate school, receive free/reduced lunch, attend their school of origin including the necessary transportation, and to receive support from their district’s McKinney-Vento Liaison.

Learn about the McKinney-Vento Program here.

Superintendent Christy Perry

Wendy Roberts, Coordinator of Federal Programs

Stephanie Nguyen, Title I-A Program Associate

Donna Robins, Title I-A Administrative Assistant

Send a message to the Title I Office



Paulus Administration Center

1309 Ferry St SE
Salem, OR 97301