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​​​​The Department of Catholic Schools assists principals of Catholic schools when participating in available government-funded programs. In this process, the Department of Catholic Schools establishes regular lines of communication with public school districts and actively pursues the inclusion of the Catholic schools in the planning and implementation of appropriate programs. To strengthen the relationship between a local school district and Catholic schools within the district, the Department of Catholic Schools appoints a local elementary school principal to act as a liaison between the Catholic schools in the public school district and the members of the staff in routine matters pertaining to government programs.

School principals must be aware of the federal programs and services available to Catholic school students, teachers, parents/guardians, and other educational personnel. Principals need to be proactive in pursuing full participation in all available programs that are consistent with Church philosophy. Principals cannot rely on the willingness of public school counterparts to make private school participation a reality. It is appropriate for principals to initiate and actively request inclusion in program planning and implementation. To determine if the provided services are adequate and equitable, it is necessary to regularly monitor type and quality. If the public school district is uncooperative, the principal should bring the concerns to the director of federal and state programs at the Department of Catholic Schools. The Department of Catholic Schools and the archdiocese provide support, training, and information on these matters.

Other important government resources and programs include E-​rate, which provides discounts, rebates, and other financial support for technology and telecommunications services for nonprofits, and in certain cases, schools that meet financial qualifications. The archdiocese provides technical support to coordinate and assist since the applications are detailed and improper applications can result in significant sanctions and penalties. The archdiocese oversees these matters and provides application information and support. See also Funds for Learning and California Connects​.

Director of Federal and State Programs

The director of federal and state ​programs is appointed by the archbishop and is directly responsible to the chancellor.

Responsibilities include:

  • Staying informed on all federal and state programs and services that are available to private school students, teachers, and parents/guardians

  • Overseeing the state preschool, Head Start, and the National School Lunch programs

  • Liaising with public school districts to ensure compliance with state and federal programs available to private school students, teachers, and parents/guardians

  • Advocating for private school students in procuring available public services

  • Serving on appropriate local, state, and federal committees dealing with government-funded programs​


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