In addition to education and child care funds, the American Rescue Plan that became law in March 2021 provides $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs. Under the jurisdiction of the US Department of the Treasury, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. Recent guidance on these Recovery Funds make clear that allowable uses include addressing educational disparities such as “evidence-based educational services and practices to address the academic needs of students, including tutoring, summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; and evidence-based practices to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students...” This webinar will walk through the funding opportunities at the state and local level as well as provide examples of how the funds are being used to support enrichment and learning opportunities for young people.
- Erik Peterson, Afterschool Alliance
- Gislene Tasayco. National League of Cities
- Kari Denissen Cunnien, Executive Director, Ignite Afterschool
- Rachel Mackey, National Association of Counties
- Wil Pinkney Jr., Director of Children, Youth, & Families, Mayor's Office of St. Louis, MO