Title I is meant to help disadvantaged students reach high academic standards—a portion of these funds can be used to support afterschool programs and summer programs. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 has provided $13 billion for programs under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 for distribution through state and local education agency grants. These include:
U.S. Department of Education's Guidance on Title I, Part A ARRA Funds:
On September 3, 2009, the Department issued Guidance on the Use of Title I, Part A and IDEA funds through the ARRA. The guidance emphasized several points to encourage states to use resources to stimulate and promote reform including:
Background on Title I & Afterschool - tools and materials about the program as it currently operates, how it has been used to support afterschool, and its administration and application process.
Make the Case
Use these talking points to show how afterschool programs can help youth succeed in school and in the workforce.
U.S. Department of Ed's guidance on School Improvement Grants: The U.S. Dept of Ed has allocated $3 billion from ARRA to fund the Title I, Part A School Improvement Grants program. Read more about the fund and the Afterschool Alliance's Comments.
Chart of initial ARRA education fund distribution and reporting requirements (from Learning Points Associates).
Evaluations Backgrounder: Academic Impact of Afterschool Programs
Afterschool Fosters Success in School
Afterschool Programs Level the Playing Field for All Youth
Arts and Afterschool: A Powerful Combination
Literacy and Reading in Afterschool Programs
Afterschool and School Improvement
Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success
Questions, Answers and Ideas - Read and share questions and strategies on the Afterschool Alliance’s Economic Recovery Wiki
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