Reasons to Support New York City Children's Theater

What is a Title 1 School?

New York City Children’s Theater brings thousands of Title 1 School Students to our productions each year – but what is a Title 1 School? Today we break down what this means and why it is so important the students come to see the show!Title 1 schools receive funding meant to help students who are at risk of falling behind academically.

As stated by the US Department of Education*, “is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”

Title 1 is the United States’ oldest and largest federal funded program. Originally under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the policy was rewritten in 1994 to improve fundamental goals of helping at risk students.

Schools with a large concentration of low-income students receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting students educational goals. These goals include:

  • Improving curriculum
  • Instructional activities
  • Counseling
  • Parental involvement
  • Increasing staff and program improvement.

In the 2009-10 school year more than 56,000 public schools across the country used Title 1 funds for 21 million children in grades K-5**.

98% of the 4,817 public schools in New York City are Title 1***. For an entire school to qualify for Title 1 funds in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan at least 60% of students must be enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program; in Queens 55.7% of students must be enrolled and in Staten Island 37.8% must be enrolled.


Q4: Which themes in the show did you feel were the most interesting and relevant for your students?

Connection of the past to the present, importance of education, history of African Americans, and viewing a live performance

~ Teacher’s response to a survey question after viewing A Band of Angels ~

Since November 2013, New York City Children’s Theater has brought thousands of Kindergarten- 5th grade public school students to see our critically acclaimed, award-winning productions including: Ballerina Swan, Dear Albert Einstein, A Band of Angels, The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

We’ve seen first-hand that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Because of our Send a Kid to Theater program students get to attend a live theater performance they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see.

“This production helped my kids perform a play they created in front of a group of kids. They realized what it means to perform.”

~ School Teacher on A Band of Angels ~


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