Federal programs provide funding and resources to states, and many of these programs are designed to help at-risk children. Federal programs on this page include Title I and other Title programs, school/community nutrition and others.
Federal program funding includes a wide range of direct assistance programs to local schools and districts which provide funding for programs that boost student achievement, and provide additional resources to engender a supportive environment for students.
Links to the Title Programs can be found on our Links section of this page.
Good nutrition makes a vital contribution to physical development and cognitive performance. KDE administers several programs that deliver quality nutrition and nutrition education to Kentucky students and other citizens. In addition to the important mission of providing fuel for growth and learning, these programs bring into Kentucky more than $150 million annually in federal reimbursement funds, employ several thousands of our fellow citizens and utilize thousands of dollars worth of commodities produced by American farmers. For far too many of our children, the meals that they receive through these programs are the only meals they receive that are planned with their nutritional needs in mind.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that provides meal reimbursement to child care centers, head starts, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, afterschool programs, and family daycare homes for serving nutritious meals and encouraging healthy eating habits.
School Meals Programs
The School Meals Programs includes the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Seamless Summer, and Special Milk Program. Each of these federally funded programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing public schools, private non-profit schools, after-school programs and residential child care institutions for providing healthy meals and snacks to children.
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition.
For a variety of academic and non-academic factors, some parents believe in the benefits of homeschooling their child. While professional educators urge extreme caution to those proceeding with this often overwhelming challenge, it is imperative that parents and guardians opting for a homeschool environment equip themselves with the knowledge, information, contacts and legal obligations pertaining to the establishment and daily operation needed for compliance.
Rights of the parent
The Kentucky constitution establishes the prerogatives of the parents to choose the formal education for the child. Therefore, parents may choose to homeschool their child.
If a parent chooses this option, they take complete responsibility for educating their child. The parent/guardian selects the curriculum and educational materials. There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option.
For details on Kentucky laws regarding homeschools please refer to the Kentucky Homeschool Information Packet .
There are several opportunities for teachers to receive loan forgiveness or cancellation. Kentucky Department of Education’s role in teacher lo an repayment is to answer questions and provide information regarding the programs. For more information about any of the programs listed on this page, please consult the Loan Repayment Frequently Asked Questions. The corresponding regulatory provisions for each program can be found on the right-hand side of the page, under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
It is important to note that a student loan borrower's forgiveness program may not be binding in some circumstances and could be rescinded.