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MAP: Where are COVID funds supporting afterschool & summer programs?

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MAP: Where are COVID funds supporting afterschool & summer programs?

If you’ve been following our COVID work, you know we’ve been working to track how and where federal COVID relief funding has been tapped to support young people with comprehensive afterschool and summer enrichment programs. Three major funding bills – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (2020), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act (2020) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act (2021) – provided billions of dollars to states and localities to support communities, families, and youth. The American Rescue Plan, in particular, directed significant funds to state education agencies and school districts to be used to support students’ well-being and learning acceleration, naming comprehensive afterschool and summer enrichment and learning programs as evidence-based strategies to employ. State education agencies were directed to set aside funds for afterschool and summer, and school districts were given guidance to do so.

We’re pleased to unveil a new map illustrating where funds have been invested in comprehensive afterschool and summer enrichment and learning programs. Thus far, we have gathered more than 100 examples and have representation from almost every state. For now, most cover state education agencies’ use of funds, as those funds flowed first and had specific guidelines for investing in afterschool and summer. However, the larger portion of funds available to support afterschool and summer programs lies at the school district level and have yet to be expended in total.  

What can you do?

  • If you have not been in touch with your school district, or seen their plans for spending ARPA funds, we encourage to do so. Use our LEA outreach kit to help you think through approaching your district with a partnership to support young people in your community.
  • Check with your state afterschool network for tools or ideas in your state, and sign up to get their updates.
  • Know of examples we’ve missed? Email us at info@afterschoolalliance.org.

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