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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
July 6, 2015

Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:


In the 2015 Appropriations Act, Congress included $14 million to provide additional support to local educational agencies (LEAs) that, in calendar year 2014, experienced a “significant increase” in the number of immigrant children and youth enrolled in their schools. The U.S. Department of Education allocated funds to each eligible State educational agency based on its State’s share of unaccompanied children.

Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Refugee Resettlement 2014 data, California was eligible and received $1,819,875 in supplemental funding.

Per the guidance from the 2015 Appropriations Act, and on behalf of the State of California, the California Department of Education (CDE) will distribute those supplemental funds ($1,819,875) on behalf of unaccompanied minors to LEAs that met the eligibility for and received Title III Immigrant subgrants in 2014–15. The students for which this supplemental fund applies must also meet the definition of immigrant children and youth.

Title III Section 3301(6) defines immigrant children and youth as individuals who:

(A) are aged 3 through 21;

(B) were not born in any State (defined as each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico); and

(C) have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more States for more than three full academic years.

The supplemental funds are available now and will remain available to LEAs through September 30, 2017. The supplemental funds were allocated to LEAs who were eligible and applied for 2014–15 Immigrant Education Subgrant Program funding. The supplemental allocations are shown under a separate budget column and augmented to the 2014–15, Immigrant Education Subgrant Program funding, on the CDE Request for Applications, Title III Immigrant Education Subgrant Program Web Page at

LEAs may use the funds for programs specifically designed or targeted to serve unaccompanied children and youth. The additional funds are to be used for supplemental academic, nonacademic services and support to immigrant children and youth. Examples of the types of allowable services are those listed in Section 3115(e) of Title III for the Title III immigrant subgrants:

  • Family literacy, parent outreach, and training activities designed to assist parents to become active participants in the education of their children;
  • Support for personnel, including teacher aides who have been specifically trained or are being trained, to provide services to immigrant children and youth;
  • Provision of tutorials, mentoring, and academic or career counseling for immigrant children and youth;
  • Identification and acquisition of curricular materials, educational software, and technologies to be used in the program;
  • Basic instruction services that are directly attributable to the presence in the school district of immigrant children and youth, including the payment of costs of providing additional classroom supplies, costs of transportation, or such other costs as are directly attributable to such additional basic instruction services;
  • Other instruction services that are designed to assist immigrant children and youth to achieve in elementary and secondary schools in the U.S., such as programs of introduction to the educational system and civics education; and
  • Activities coordinated with community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, private sector entities, or other entities with experience working with immigrants, to assist parents of immigrant children and youth by offering comprehensive community services.

If you have any questions regarding the Title III Immigrant Education Subgrant Program supplemental funding, please contact Geoffrey Ndirangu, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office (LPLO), by phone at 916-323-5831 or by e-mail at

If you have any questions regarding the Title III, fiscal program, please contact Patty Stevens, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, LPLO, by phone at 916-323-5838 or by e-mail at



Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Deputy Superintendent
Instruction and Learning Support Branch


Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 12, 2017
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