The Title I program in Wilkes County provides supplementary instructional support in the areas of early intervention, reading and math. The Title I program is a federally supported program that offers assistance to educationally and economically disadvantaged children to help ensure they receive an equitable, high quality, well-rounded education and meet the Wilkes County Schools challenging academic standards. The Title I program provides instructional activities and supportive services to eligible student over and above those provided by the regular school program. 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 that took effect in the 2017-2018 school year. Schools qualify for Title I service by demonstrating economic needs. Title I supplemental services 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.