The Federal Comprehensive Centers program awards discretionary grants that support 22 comprehensive centers to help increase state capacity to assist districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals.
There are 15 Regional Centers that provide services primarily to State Education Agencies (SEAs) to enable them to assist school districts and schools, especially low performing schools. At a minimum, each regional center provides training and technical assistance in the implementation and administration of programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the use of research-based information and strategies.
The 7 Content Centers focus on specific areas of expertise. These centers supply research-based information and products in their specific area that regional centers use when working with SEAs.
Regional Comprehensive Centers
Regional Centers provide frontline assistance to states to help them implement the ESEA, other related federal school improvement programs, and help increase the capacity of states to assist their districts and schools. Regional Centers are embedded in their regions and are responsible for developing strong relationships and partnerships within their regional communities. In addition to the California Comprehensive Center, the fourteen other Regional Centers are:
- Appalachia Regional Center (KY, TN, VA, WV)
- Central Regional Center (CO, KS, MO)
- Florida and Islands Regional Center (FL, PR, VI)
- Great Lakes Regional Center (IN, MI, OH)
- Mid-Atlantic Regional Center (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA)
- Midwest Regional Center (IL, IA, MN, WI)
- North Central Regional Center ND, NE, SD, WY)
- Northeast Regional Center CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)
- Northwest Regional Center (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)
- Pacific Regional Center (AS, CNMI, GU, HI, Palau)
- South Central Regional Center (AR, LA, NM, OK)
- Southeast Regional Center (AL, GA, MS, NC, SC)
- Texas Regional Center (TX)
- West Regional Center (AZ, NV, UT)
Together, 7 Content Centers cover a spectrum of school improvement and technical assistance areas. Each of them is responsible for providing in-depth knowledge, expertise, and analyses in their focal areas to Regional Centers and the states they serve. Content Centers disseminate information about scientifically-based research on effective practice and research-based products in their area of specialty. They also provide expertise that Regional Centers can use in delivering technical assistance to states. The seven Content Centers are:
- Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity
- Center on College and Career Readiness and Success
- Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
- Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
- Center on Innovations in Learning
- Center on School Turnaround
- Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation
Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide technical assistance and training, upon request, in the areas of race, sex, and national origin, to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable educational opportunities. The centers work in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform. This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable educational opportunities are available and accessible for all children. California is served by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center, led by WestEd.
REL serves the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high-quality, scientifically valid educational research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other related technical assistance activities. The U.S. Department of Education funds REL. California is served by REL West, led by WestEd.
The Regional Resource Center Program is funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist state education agencies in improving education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. Through the RRC Program, the individual RRCs work collaboratively to help states and U.S. jurisdictions identify and address issues both within and across regions, as well as nationally. California is served by the Western Regional Resource Center.