What definitions does the federal government use to distinguish institutions serving neglected and delinquent juveniles and adults?
The federal government distinguishes such institutions using the following definitions:
- neglected - a public or private residential facility, other than a foster home, operated primarily for the care of children who have been committed or placed in the institution due to abandonment, neglect, or death of their parents.
- delinquent - a public or private institution operated for the care of children who have been adjudicated as delinquent or in need of supervision.
- juvenile and adult corrections institution - state-operated facilities in which persons are confined as a result of a conviction for a criminal offense, including persons under 21 years of age.
What criteria determine which local neglected or delinquent institutions are eligible to receive funding?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) conducts an annual child count of 5-17 year-old children/youth who reside in a local neglected or delinquent institution for at least one day during the month of October for 30 consecutive days. The count includes students enrolled in a regular program of instruction for not less than 20 hours per week only.
What criteria determine which juvenile and adult correctional institutions are eligible to receive funding?
DPI conducts an annual child count survey in juvenile and adult corrections institutions to determine the number of children and youth ages 5-17 enrolled in a non-federally funded regular education program for at least 15 hours a week. To be eligible, students must have been incarcerated in the institution for 30 consecutive days on the day the DPI conducts the survey. Based on the annual child count, the U.S. Department of Education makes Title I, Part A grant funds available.
What requirements must be met when developing the application for a Title I, Part D program?
The application process is basically the same for the Title I, Part D Subpart 1 and Subpart 2 programs.
Service Delivery Plan
A service delivery plan is written after the completion of a comprehensive needs assessment. Key components include providing an abstract describing
- the type of institution and its major purpose,
- the ages of the population,
- measurable goals and objectives,
- priority academic and supportive needs,
- professional development activities to support staff,
- parental involvement connection,
- linkages to the community and businesses, and
- an evaluation and accountability plan.
The plan must demonstrate that the proposed service delivery plan will coordinate well with the regular education program as well as supplement it.
Subpart 1 (juvenile and adult corrections facilities) plans must demonstrate that funding has been designated for support of transition services. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections share the responsibility of ensuring that not less than 15% or more than 30% of the annual allocation is budgeted for and expended for transition services. The facility must develop strong transition programs that emphasize the importance of thinking "exit-upon-entry" and working toward that goal.
Subpart 2 (residential childcare institutions) projects also must focus on planning and providing for effective transition support in their programs and services; however, the legislation does not require a specific set-aside amount.
Use of Funds
The Title I, Part D funds are to provide supplementary programs and services. The funds may be used to cover staffing and activities that are reasonable and necessary to accomplish program objectives. This includes costs incurred for staffing, materials, and resources; professional development; parental involvement, and transition services.
Applications are due August 31. The program's fiscal year is July 1-June 30. July 1 is the earliest date new fiscal year funds may be expended; June 30 is the last day for submitting a budget revision for the current fiscal year. The End of Project Report is due within 30 days of the closing of the Title I, Part D project.
What evaluation and accountability requirements must be met for a Title I, Part D program?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will arrange for state monitoring visits with institutions administering Title I, Part D Subpart 1 and Subpart 2 programs, as required under the No Child Left Behind Act. The on-site reviews are designed to ensure the federally funded programs are operating in accordance with the approved application and are supplementing the regular program of education.
Each Title I, Part D program completes an End of Project Evaluation Report, which provides federally required data for the Consolidated State Performance Report and eventually becomes a part of a national data base.