Early Intervention Supplement
The Early Intervention Supplement was formerly known as the Iowa Early Intervention Block Grant. The program's goals for kindergarten through grade three (K-3) are to provide the resources needed to reduce class sizes in basic skills instruction to the state goal of seventeen students for every one teacher (17:1); to provide direction and resources for early intervention efforts by school districts to achieve a higher level of student success in the basic skills, especially reading skills; and to increase communication and accountability regarding student performance.
Appropriate uses of the Early Intervention Supplement funds for kindergarten through grade three [K-3] include, but are not limited to:
- Additional licensed instructional staff,
- Additional support for students, such as before and after school programs, tutoring, and intensive summer programs,
- The acquisition and administration of diagnostic reading assessments,
- The implementation of research-based instructional intervention programs for students needing additional support,
- The implementation of all-day, everyday kindergarten programs, and
- The provision of intensive training programs to classroom teachers to improve reading instruction and professional development in best practices.
The Early Intervention Supplement is a per pupil funding included in the state aid paid to districts. Each year the per pupil amount changes based on the amount calculated for the categorical state percent of growth established by the legislature for the budget year. The amount of the Early Intervention Supplement for each district is published on the website of the Iowa Department of Management in the document called "Aid and Levy, Tax, and Program Summary."
Mandatory Carry Forward
Any portion of the budget authority granted to districts for the Early Intervention Supplement which is unexpended at the end of the fiscal year is reported on the Certified Annual Report (CAR) as a restricted fund balance. This amount is carried forward into the next fiscal year and expended first before expenditures from the Early Intervention Supplement provided for that next fiscal year. Carried forward funding remains categorical and may only be expended on uses allowed for the Early Intervention Supplement Program.
After the end of each fiscal year, the Department produces a document showing the carry forward from each categorical funding stream by funding source, using the project number, by district. The project number for the Early Intervention Supplement is 3216.