The Title I program in Wilkes County provides supplementary instructional support in the areas of early intervention and reading. Title I funding is provided under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and is the largest single federal funding source for education. In 2015 the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the ESEA and will take effect the 2017-2018 school year. Schools qualify for Title I service by demonstrating economic needs. Once a school has qualified for the Title I program, services may be provided to any child in grades Pre-K - 8 who meets the school’s criteria for eligibility. Title I teachers reinforce curriculum delivered by the classroom teacher; instruction must be coordinated through careful collaborative planning. A pre-kindergarten program has been designed to serve eligible four-year-old children. The focus is on developmentally appropriate activities for children who qualify. Developmental activities emphasize social skills and learning through exploration and discovery. The ultimate goal of the Title I Program is to aid students in acquiring habits, attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to function as successful members of the school community.