Program Improvement and Family Support Branch

​The Program Improvement and Family Support Branch helps support Local Education Agencies and schools with high concentrations of children from low-income families.  This support includes planning, operating, and evaluating, programs for educationally disadvantaged students.  The Branch is responsible for the federal Title I program.  The purpose of Title I is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps.  Specialists oversee programs that provide additional support for the lowest performing Title I Schools and Title I schools with significant achievement gaps.  The specialists provide training to school teams on the research, requirements, and best practices for family engagement.  They also provide support to families through the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and the Family Reading Plan-Take 15 for the Family.  In addition, migrant students are provided learning opportunities during the regular school year and summer.  Neglected, delinquent, and at-risk students are being served in State institutions and local facilities.   Children experiencing homelessness receive support through the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.

 


    PIFS Org Chart (new link)

    Maryland's 2016-2017 Priority and Focus Schools

    Programs

    Title I, Part A (includes School Improvement Grants, Committee of Practitioners, Equitable Services, Parent and Family Engagement)

   Title I, Part C: Migrant Education

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

    Education for Homeless Children and Youth

    Foster Care Students (Educational Stability)

➢    Research and Evaluation



Contact:

Dr. Marcia Sprankle, Director
Title I and School Improvement
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Marcia.Sprankle@Maryland.gov
410-767-0321