Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk – Title I, Part D

School Support and Accountability


Formula Grants

Neglected and Delinquent State Agency and Local Educational Agency Program

Program Description

The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk, as authorized by Title I, Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), consists of two subparts. The Subpart 1 State agency program was first authorized with Public Law 89-750, the Elementary and Secondary Amendments of 1966. The Subpart 2 local educational agency program was created in its present form with the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994. The Title I, Part D program statute was most recently amended in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Program Goals:

  • Improve educational services for children and youth in local, tribal, and State institutions who are neglected, or delinquent children and youth, so that they have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children in the State are expected to meet.
  • Provide these children and youth with services to successfully transition to further schooling or employment.
  • Prevent youth who are at risk from dropping out of school and provide youth who drop out and children and youth returning from correctional facilities with a support system to ensure their continued education and the involvement of their families and communities.

Program Authorization

Subpart 1: State Agency Programs

The Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 State Agency program allocates funds to State educational agencies (SEAs) for supplementary education services. These services help provide education continuity for children and youth in State-run neglected and delinquent institutions for juveniles, community day programs, and adult correctional institutions, so that these children and youth can make successful transitions to school or employment after they are released.

Subpart 2: Local Education Agency Programs

The Subpart 2 Local Educational Agency program requires each SEA to retain from its Title I, Part A (CFDA 84.010A) allocation, funds generated by the number of children and youth ages 5-17 living in local facilities for delinquent children, including adult correctional facilities. Funds may be used for LEAs with high proportions of youth in local correctional facilities and drop-out prevention programs for at-risk youth.


  • Felicia Goss, Jeffery Buehler, Heather Denny, & Elizabeth Witt, Program Staff
    Deborah Spitz, Group Leader
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of School Support and Accountability
    400 Maryland Ave. S.W., LBJ
    Washington, DC 20202-6450