LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Two months after state education agencies were asked to submit their proposed state plans for the use of American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Funds to the US Department of Education, almost half of all states have had their plans approved. The Department has posted all 44 state plans that were submitted as of August 11, along with approval letters for 27 and the District of Columbia. The Department continues to review plans and the remaining 7 plans are expected to be submitted soon. As part 3 in our blog series tracking the state ARP ESSER plans, see an update on plan trends below, as well as links to several open afterschool and/or summer enrichment grant programs funded through ARP ESSER dollars. Part 1 and Part 2 of our blog series provide additional background information on the state plans.
As a reminder, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides $122 billion for Pre-K through 12th grade education, a portion of which can be used to support young people during the hours they are out of school.
In addition to state goals, plans for reopening schools in person, and how funds will be coordinated with other federal and relief funds; each plan was required to provide a description of how the state plans to use their 1 percent state level set aside for comprehensive afterschool programs, their 1 percent state level set aside for summer enrichment programs, and the 5 percent state level set aside for learning recovery. States were also asked to share how they will direct school districts to use the 90 percent of funds they receive including the 20 percent at the local level to be used for learning recovery.
An in-depth review of the afterschool and summer enrichment sections of the 44 state plans submitted as of August 11, 2021 found the following trends:
Several states have posted grant funding opportunities that afterschool and/or summer learning providers may be eligible to apply for:
Arkansas ESSER III Grants
ESSER III set asides
Connecticut Accelerate Summer Expansion Grants
ESSER III set aside
Georgia BOOST Grants
ESSER III 1%
Aug 5, 2021
Aug 19, 2021
Indiana REACH grant
Summer and Afterschool
Sept. 16 2021
Maryland ARP ESSER Afterschool Program Competitive Award
ESSER III 1% afterschool set aside
July 16, 2021
August 20, 2021
Utah American Rescue Plan Act Afterschool and Summer Funding
ESSE III set aside
Afterschool and Summer
Vermont Summer Matters
ESSER III and II set asides
Wyoming Reserve Summer and Afterschool grant
ESSER II State set aside
For more information on each of these state plans, see the Department of Education listing with links to each plan.
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