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Consolidated Federal Programs

The Consolidated Federal Programs (CFP) team oversees the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the reauthorization of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The team assists local education agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entitles to: apply for competitive and formula-based grants, comply with grant terms and conditions, and achieve maximum benefit from grant investments.

Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

The purpose of this program is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.

Title I, Part D Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk

The purpose of the Title I, Part D program is to:

  • improve educational services for children and youth in local and State institutions for neglected or delinquent children and youth so that such children and youth have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children in the State are expected to meet

  • provide such children and youth with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutionalization to further schooling or employment; and

  • prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of school, and to provide dropouts, and children and youth returning from institutions, with a support system to ensure their continued education and the involvement of their families and communities. 

Title II, Part A – Supporting Effective Instruction

The purpose of this program is to provide grants to state educational agencies, local educational agencies (LEA), state agencies for higher education and eligible partnerships to:

  • Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders
  •  Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement
  •  Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals and other school leaders

Title III, Part A - English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement

The purposes of this program are to help ensure that English Learners (ELs), including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English.

Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The purpose of this program is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to:

  • provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
  • improve school conditions for student learning; and
  • improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth

Vermont's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program ensures that students experiencing homelessness have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education provided to other Vermont children, with the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards.

Stronger Connections Grant

To provide students with safer and healthier learning environments.

Equitable Services to Independent Schools

To help ensure that independent school children, teachers and other educational personnel receive services equitable to those in public schools, state educational agencies (SEAs) must now designate an Ombudsman to monitor and enforce ESSA equitable services requirements. In addition, the Ombudsman should serve as the primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from independent school officials and Local Education Agencies (LEAs)(ESSA 1117 (a)(3)(B) & 8501(a)(3)(B)).

Consolidated Federal Programs Training and Technical Assistance

Apply for the CFP Grant

For help using the Vermont AOE Grants Management System, email or call the help desk at 802-828-1017

Consolidated Federal Programs Committee of Practitioners

The Committee of Practitioners (COP) is made up of education professionals, school board members, union representatives, state program administrators, and parents. The purpose of the committee is for the Agency of Education to get feedback on draft procedures for the Every Student Succeeds Act funded programs.

Resources for the Consolidated Federal Programs

Consolidated Federal Programs Guidelines

Consolidated Federal Programs Procedures

Consolidated Federal Programs Memos

Grant Monitoring Activities

The CFP team regularly monitors grant funded investments in order to maximize use of resources to benefit student learning and to ensure accountability to the law. See the Annual Program Review Process document for an outline of all of our monitoring activities.

The following documents are used for the CFP comprehensive on-site monitoring reviews:

Elementary Secondary Education Act Hearing and Complaint Process

This procedure is to be used for resolving a complaint by any individual or organization that believes that a school, school district, supervisory union, the Vermont Agency of Education,  and/or other agency violated the administration of education programs required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Email Karen Abbott or call (802) 828-4370.