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Head Start State Supplemental Assistance Program
This program, for existing Head Start grantees, provides state funds to supplement federal allocations to expand high quality pre-kindergarten Head Start services for eligible children throughout Pennsylvania. 

Higher Education
Assisting with Pennsylvania's wide assortment of institutions serving postsecondary/higher education.

Home Education & Private Tutoring
Providing information and assistance with Act 169. This law amended the Pennsylvania School Code to allow parents or guardians to homeschool their children as an option to compulsory school attendance.

Homebound Instruction
A school district, area vocational technical school, charter school, independent school, private school or non-public school may temporarily excuse a student from compulsory attendance on account of illness or other urgent reasons and provide that student homebound instruction while he or she is excused from school. The laws and regulations relating to homebound instruction are explained.

Homeless Education
The main purpose of the Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is to make sure homeless youth have access to appropriate education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations.

Keystone Stars
Keystone STARS is a quality rating system that promotes quality improvement in early learning and school-age child care programs. A Keystone STARS designation informs parents that their children are in a safe, respectful environment in which they are learning new things every day to support their current and future successes in school and in life.

Mandate Waivers
The Education Empowerment Act which includes the Mandate Waiver law expired on June 30, 2010.   PDE's authority to rule upon Mandate Waiver applications expired with the statute. PDE is unable to process Mandate Waiver requests because legislative action to continue the program has not occurred as of this date. Please contact us at RA-PDEMANDATEWAIVER@pa.gov  if you have any questions.

Migrant Education
The PDE Migrant Education Program (PMEP) provides supplemental educational and support services to migratory children. The Migrant Education Program assists local school districts with improving and coordinating the educational continuity for the children of migratory farm workers who have had their schooling interrupted.

Military Dependents and Families Education Support
Support for military dependents’ education was enhanced by the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act, Feb. 2, 2012, P.L. 42, No. 6.  It authorizes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children; providing for the form and enforcement of the compact; imposing additional powers and duties on the Governor, the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the compact commissioner; and establishing the State Council on Interstate Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

No Child Left Behind
Information and resources for No Child Left Behind Federal Program.

NonPublic and Private School Services
Private and nonpublic schools in Pennsylvania provide the parents of school-age children diverse alternatives to public schools.  Private schools are available at all grade levels including nursery/kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools of virtually every educational philosophy and religious denomination.