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  • National School Lunch Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The NSLP began in North Dakota in 1946.   The purpose of the program is to safeguard the health and welfare of our nationís children and to encourage the consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities.  Meals served are intended to meet at least one-third the Recommended Dietary Allowances.  Studies have shown that students are more alert and attentive if they have adequate nourishment throughout the school day.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Reimbursement is provided for meals that meet federal requirements.  The amount of reimbursement received by a local agency is dependent upon the number of meals served to children in three eligibility categories: free, reduced price and full price.  If local agencies serve a school population in which 60% or more of the meals served are to low-income children, an extra $.02/lunch is provided in meal reimbursement.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • School Breakfast Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The SBP was authorized by the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 and made available to all schools in 1975.  It was established to provide nutritious breakfasts to children who come to school hungry and experience difficulty with both physical and academic achievement.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Local agencies with at least 40 % of enrolled children eligible for free or reduced-price meals may receive the Severe Need (SN) rate of reimbursement by completing additional reports.  Any public or private non-profit school or residential childcare institution is eligible to participate in the program.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • Special Milk Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The SMP provides milk to children in schools and other agencies that do not participate in other federal meal service programs.  The program was created to increase childrenís consumption of fluid milk by providing low cost milk at additional times during the school day.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Reimbursement is provided to those schools that do not have a federally funded meal program or to students in split session kindergarten programs who do not have access to school breakfast or lunch.  Schools receiving reimbursement must pass on a substantial portion of the reimbursement to the child as a reduced milk price.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The main purpose of the CACFP is to improve the diets of children twelve years of age and younger.  Since children need well-balanced meals to meet their daily energy and nutritional needs, the CACFP program established meal patterns based on those dietary needs.
    Funds and/or Benefits: The program provides reimbursement and commodity/cash assistance that helps childcare facilities to provide children with nutritious meals.  Three meals per day per child can be claimed for reimbursement. Licensed public or private non-profit childcare or adult day care centers are eligible for the program, as are Head Start programs.  Also, licensed family or group day care homes may participate under a sponsoring organization.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • Summer Food Service Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The SFSP provides meals to children 18 years of age and younger in low-income areas during the summer months when school lunch is not available.
    Funds and/or Benefits: The program provides reimbursement for meals or snacks served to children at eligible sites.  Administrative funding is also available to help defray the costs of administering the program at the local level.  Participation in this program requires that a foodservice site include areas that serve a population of at least 50% needy children.  Organizations eligible to participate include public or private non-profit schools, non-profit residential camps, state/local/municipal and county governments and private non-profit organizations.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • Commodity Food Distribution
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The NDDPI distributes commodity foods to help meet the nutritional needs of children and adults.  Commodities are acquired through legislative programs including price support, surplus removal and special purchase.  The types of foods purchased are based on the nutritional needs of children and other individuals, local agency preferences, the market supply and prices of foods.
    Funds and/or Benefits: The USDA pays for the initial processing and packaging of foods and for transportation to North Dakota.  The NDDPI is the distributing agency responsible for storing food, transporting it throughout the state and ensuring distribution to eligible recipients.  The NDDPI enters into warehousing and transportation contracts with North Dakota businesses to provide these services to local agencies.  These expenses are supported by local and federal funds.  As an additional service, the NDDPI enters processing agreements in which certain commodity foods are further processed into more useable end products with the value passed on to the recipient agency in the form of a discount or rebate.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The TEFAP program was initiated in 1981 to help reduce inventories and storage costs of surplus commodities while helping to aid the nutritional needs of low-income Americans.  In 1988, the Hunger Prevention Act provided additional foods and provided for the purchase of foods to help support meals served in soup kitchens and to the homeless.
    Funds and/or Benefits: The NDDPI allocates the food made available under TEFAP to the eight regional Community Action agencies.  These agencies administer the program locally by supporting the network of food pantries and soup kitchens.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page 

  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    Partner:
    US Department of Agriculture
    Description: The FDPIR provides commodity foods to income and otherwise eligible households who live on or near Indian reservations.  The purpose of the program is to provide a more nutritious diet and an acceptable nutritional alternative to the Food Stamp program.
    Funds and/or Benefits: The NDDPI provides administrative and support services for four reservations and one Indian Service Area in North Dakota and one reservation in South Dakota.  To be eligible for the program, families must meet income eligibility and other criteria. Participants may receive benefits under either the FDPIR program or the Food Stamp program.
    Contact: Linda Schloer at 701/328-4565  Top of Page

  • School Health Programs
    Partner:
    US Centers for Disease Control and the US Department of Health and Human Services
    Description: Funds support the development and implementation of school health programs to prevent serious health problems for youth.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are allocated for professional development, Native American youth programs and technical assistance to schools, surveillance of youth and program evaluation.  The grant partners the state Health Department and the NDDPI.
    Contact: Valerie Fischer at 701/328-4138  Top of Page

  • Adult Basic Education
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are used to improve educational opportunities for learners 16 years of age or older who have not graduated from secondary school and who lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are used to support Adult Learning Centers across the state and for statewide leadership activities. Allocation of funds is based on a competitive application process.
    Contact: Valerie Fischer at 701-328-4138   Top of Page

  • Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are intended for technical assistance and support projects for parents, families and service providers of children with deaf-blindness.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are awarded to the School for the Deaf to provide technical assistance and support programs for parents, families and service providers of children with deaf-blindness.
    Contact: Kathy Smith at 701/328-2615  Top of Page

  • Special Education Act (IDEA) Part B
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are used by state and local educational agencies to help provide the special education and related services needed to make a free, appropriate public education available to all  eligible children with one or more of thirteen specified disabilities.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocations are made to special education units based on a base amount plus 85% of the remaining amount distributed on the relative number of children enrolled in schools in a special education unit. The remaining 15% is allocated based on the number of children in the unit eligible for free and reduced meals.
    Contact: Kathy Smith at 701/328-2615  Top of Page

  • Special Education Act (IDEA) State Program Improvement Grant for Children with Disabilities
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: The grant is to assist state educational agencies and their partners in reforming and improving their systems for providing educational, early intervention and transitional services; including their systems for professional development, technical assistance and dissemination of knowledge about best practices to improve results for children with disabilities.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funding is used to provide statewide training for special education professionals, to recruit and retain qualified special education and related services personnel in the state and to support youth with disabilities to attain positive secondary level transition planning and access to services of adult agencies.
    Contact: Kathy Smith at 701/328-2615  Top of Page

  • Special Education Act (IDEA) Preschool Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are used by state and local educational agencies to help provide the special education and related services needed to make a free appropriate public education available to children, ages three years to five years, with disabilities.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocations are made to special education units based on a base amount plus 85% of the remaining amount distributed on the relative number of children enrolled in the schools in the special education unit.  The remaining 15% is allocated based on the number of children in the unit eligible for free and reduced meals.
    Contact: Kathy Smith at 701/328-2615  Top of Page

  • Title I Compensatory Education
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: The goal of Title I is to provide instructional services and activities to meet the needs of disadvantaged children identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, the stateís challenging performance standards.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocation of funds is based on free and reduced meals, foster care count and census data.
    Contact: Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov   Top of Page

  • Title I Migrant Education
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are used to support summer educational programs that address the needs of migratory children ages 0-21.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocation of funds is based on migrant student enrollment.
    Contact: Sandy Peterson at 701/328-2170 or by email at smpeterson@nd.gov  Top of Page

  • Title I Program for Neglected and Delinquent Children and Youth
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are used to meet the special educational needs of neglected or delinquent children in local as well as state agency institutions or community day school programs.  Services must be a supplement to those normally provided with state funds.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocation of funds is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education based on adjusted enrollment.
    Contact: Jacki Harasym at 701/857-7770 or by email at jharasym@nd.gov   Top of Page

  • Title I Program Improvement
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are used to support state and local efforts to improve low-performing schools.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocation of funds is based on a competitive application process.
    Contact: Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov  Top of Page

  • Title I Education for Homeless Children and Youth
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: The funds are used to ensure that all homeless children and youth in the state have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education provided to other children and youth.  The NDDPI provides services and sub-grants to local educational agencies to ensure the removal or revision of policies that prove to be barriers to the enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth in schools.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocation of funds is based on a competitive application process.
    Contact: Jacki Harasym at 701/857-7770 or by email at jharasym@nd.gov  Top of Page

  • Title II Part A Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: Funds are made available to school districts and state agencies for higher education to improve teaching and student learning the core subject areas.  Activities provide sustained and intensive high-quality professional development that can help students achieve high academic standards and reduce class sizes.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Allocation of funds is based on school enrollment and low-income units.
    Contact: Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov  Top of Page

  • Title III Part A - English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Grants
    • Sub-grants for English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement
      Partner: US Department of Education
      Description: Funds are to be used to supplement language instruction educational programs designed to help limited English proficient (LEP) students achieve content and language standards. Approaches and methodologies used must be based on scientifically based research. LEAs may develop and implement new language instruction programs, expand or enhance existing programs, implement schoolwide programs within individual schools or system-wide programs to restructure, reform, or upgrade all programs, activities, or operations related to the education of LEP students.
      Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are awarded to consortia of local education agencies for a three-year period through an application process with the state.
      Contact: Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov Top of Page
    • National Professional Development Grants
      Partner: US Department of Education
      Description: Funds are available for professional development activities that will improve instruction for students with limited English proficiency (LEP) and assists education personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards.
      Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are awarded to eligible institutions of higher education in consortia with local education agencies and/or state education agencies through a competition by the US Department of Education. Requests for proposals are published in the Federal Register.
      Contact: Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov Top of Page

  • Title III Part B - Improving Language Instruction Education Programs: Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program
    Partner: US Department of Education
    Description: Funds provide grants to eligible entities that support language instruction educational projects for limited English proficient (LEP) children from Native American, Alaska Native, native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander backgrounds. The program is designed to ensure that LEP children master English and meet the same rigorous standards for academic achievement that all children are expected to meet, including meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards and to support, to the extent possible, the native language skills of such children. Funds may support the study of Native American languages.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are awarded to eligible local education agencies through a competition by the US Department of Education. Requests for proposals are published in the Federal Register.
    Contact: Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov Top of Page

  • Refugee Children School Impact Grant Program
    Partner:
    US Department of Health and Human Services
    Description: Funds are used for extracurricular and after school activities for refugee students.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are awarded to local education agencies through an application basis. Applications are available through the state.
    Contact:Laurie Matzke at 701/328-2284 or by email at lmatzke@nd.gov Top of Page

  • Title IV Part B 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    Partner:
    US Department of Education
    Description: The funds support programs that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program.
    Funds and/or Benefits: Funds are allocated based upon a competitive application process.
    Contact: Josh Sharp at 701/328-2285 or by email at jesharp@nd.gov  Top of Page

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