Examples of States Using Recovery Funding

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Using American Rescue Plan funds


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update October 12, 2021: On Oct. 5, 2021, the Arkansas Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) in partnership with Arkansas State University and the Arkansas Out-of-School Network (AOSN) awarded $5.2 million in ARP ESSER III grant funding to 44 afterschool, summer and extended year programs across the state. The funds will support afterschool and summer approve programs/activities that include academic programs, specialty programs, social-emotional support programs, future-ready work opportunities, and multi-purpose programs that provide an array of activities this summer and afterschool. The list of grantees includes nonprofits, community- based organizations, school districts, libraries, rural networks, STEM programs and many more.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update, August 5: Connecticut is partnering with their statewide afterschool network to ensure all summer program staff have access to a minimum of professional development hours on social and emotional learning. The online training will be offered at no charge.

Connecticut has not finalized their plans for the afterschool 1%, but is convening roundtables of afterschool partners, families, students, industry experts, and the broader community to envision innovative, outside the box programming. The state’s summer funds also offer a specific grant funding stream for programs offering “innovative” and “bold” models.

The governor’s office announced a total of $11 million in funds to be directed towards the expansion of programs that connect students to summer learning opportunities. A competitive grant application will be launched for both expansion grants, which will offer up to $25,000 to local organizations that provide existing enrichment, and innovation grants, which will offer up to $250,000 to regional or statewide entities seeking to provide bold and innovative summer programming at scale. Application forms and additional information for summer enrichment grants.

District of Columbia

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update August 12, 2021: The Washington, D.C., Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will expand Out of School Time (OST) grants using American Rescue Plan ESSER funds in 2020-2021, which will be awarded to 501(c)3 organizations that provide summer learning and afterschool programs and have experience implementing evidence-based interventions. OSSE will collect participant level data from grantees and will evaluate academic performance of participants, including in-school attendance, afterschool attendance, and assessment data. All grantees that serve grades four or higher will be required to administer the Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO) to measure social and emotional learning.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update October 12, 2021: In early October, the Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, awarded $27 million in Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grants to community and statewide organizations. The grants, funded with American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds and awarded to four organizations with statewide reach and 100 community-based organizations, will expand access to and improve the quality of afterschool and summer learning opportunities across Georgia. Grantees will provide comprehensive out-of-school-time programming over the summer months, after school during the academic year, or year-round, with prioritization for students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia has combined the afterschool and summer funds into a new “Building Opportunities in Out of School Time’ (BOOST) grant competition. The competitive grant program will offer three-year grants renewed annually for community-based providers operating comprehensive programs when school is not in session. The grants will be administered by the statewide afterschool network (GSAN) and involve training to build capacity and support quality improvements, as well as annual convening to share best practices and strategies. To ensure grant accessibility among various program types, the grants will be offered in two competitions: one for organizations with statewide reach and impact and the other for community driven organizations.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update August 12, 2021: Investing in Summer Learning and Expanded Afterschool Programs: HIDOE is offering its largest summer school program across the state free of charge for students. Summer school programming includes academic, social, emotional, and engagement programming including music, art, and STEM. Summer learning hubs will be located in more than 230 public schools across the state with targeted programming designed to reengage students. HIDOE will use ARP ESSER funds to continue, expand, or enhance the afterschool program offerings of its current network of out-of-school-time service providers, as well as establish new complex area (which consists of a high school and the elementary and middle schools that feed into it)- and school-based initiatives. This will include community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities, programs that partner with host schools to complement regular academic programs, and programs focused on enrichment, athletics, culture, and health for middle school students.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Illinois will use a percentage of their funds to offer a specific grant to help establish or strengthen partnerships between school districts, community health providers, and community-based organizations to meet the needs of the whole child.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Kansas will offer funds to youth serving organizations with broad reach such as Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and 4-H for hands-on, project-based enrichment, and math and reading recovery. The state will also reserve funds for smaller youth-focused community-based providers in high-need areas not reached by the larger providers.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update August 12, 2021: KDE is offering summer learning grants in 2021 to districts that provide comprehensive summer learning programs to expand access to populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, reduce financial and physical access barriers, and expand and improve programs. KDE will provide technical assistance and monitor effectiveness of these grantees. Additionally, KDE will also fund a summer enrichment program with AmeriCorps focused on outdoor environmental education activities.

Kentucky will now be able to fund 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs that scored above the eligibility threshold for continuation grants but had previously gone unfunded due to prior budget constraints. The state recognizes that 21st CCLC programs “are research based and provide an effective model for both combatting learning loss and also providing meaningful social-emotional support to students and families.”

Louisiana American Rescue Plan (ESSER) Update November 15, 2021: Louisiana’s use of focus groups and surveys to ensure the funding coincides with their definition of “meaningful experiences” for youth.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update August 12, 2021: With a portion ARP ESSER funds, Massachusetts will expand evidence-based programming that builds on existing summer programming this year and in future years. New opportunities could include partnerships between districts and community-based organizations (CBOs), partnerships with the state’s Early Learning initiatives, and expanding family engagement initiatives. One such program is the Summer School Matching grant program, which would offer grants with ARP ESSER funds to school districts to offer 4 to 6 week in-person programs to enhance or expand existing summer programs. Another is Summer Step Up, a program designed to engage young learners and accelerate learning for students entering school in the fall, particularly pre-school and kindergarten students.

Update, August 5: Massachusetts will be encouraging use of the Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes (SAYO). The tool provides a research-based means of measuring youth academic and social and emotional outcomes associated with participation in high quality afterschool programs.

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the establishment of summer learning opportunities and the availability of more than $70 million in funding for school districts and community–based organizations to offer summer learning and recreational programs “that will help students, who have been impacted by a year of remote and hybrid learning, grow academically and socially.”

Among the funds allocated:

  • $3 million for camps and community organizations to expand education enrichment in  their summer programs.
  • Up to $15 million in Summer School Matching Grants for schools to enhance or expand summer programs offering in-person academic and recreational activities, including mental health and additional supports for students with IEPs or English learners.
  • Estimated $1 million for Summer Acceleration to College, offering credit-bearing math and English courses at no cost to recent high school graduates through local community colleges.
  • Up to $10 million for school districts to offer Summer Step Up, a new program offering summer learning opportunities in partnership with community organizations  to young learners entering school in the fall or who have had limited in-school experiences due to the pandemic.
  • $10 million for early literacy tutoring grants during the summer of 2021 and the 2021-2022 school year.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Michigan will be supporting program alignment with the Michigan State Board of Education’s Michigan Out-of-School-Time Quality Standards (which include a Self-Assessment Checklist). The standards will be part of a broader effort supporting professional development and training towards evidence-based practice for programs.


American Rescue Plan (State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund) plus other sources

Update November 15, 2021: Minnesota dedicated 50 percent of its state grants to culturally specific programs. (The state’s RFP defines these organizations as “a community-based organization by and for groups of people with a shared experience of marginalization based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. More than 50 percent of the board of directors and/or leadership of the organization and more than 50 percent or more of the staff reflect the group of people served. These organizations view their program activities and approaches through a cultural lens and affirm/reflect the lived experiences of members of that community.)

Update October 12, 2021: Early this month Ignite Afterschool and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the grant application for the Believe and Build Afterschool Grant programs, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, specifically the 1% dedicated to afterschool programs in the Elementary and Secondary School

Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III.) Community based organizations can apply for funds to support afterschool programs – with a letter of intent due by Oct. 17, 2021 and applications due by October 31, 2021.

On May 15, Governor Tim Walz announced a plan to fund enhanced summer learning programs in Minnesota to help students recover from the learning challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor allocated $75 million from the state’s flexible American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) administered at the federal level by the Department of Treasury to provide academic enrichment and mental health support this summer and beyond for Minnesota’s students, families, educators, communities, and schools. Funding includes:

  • Academic and Mental Health Support ($34.614 million) Public schools and districts will receive a general allocation in order to create partnerships with organizations and provide services in the following areas: expand mental health and well-being support to youth and adolescents attending school district and charter school summer learning programs; partner with community businesses and organizations to develop a summer mentor and/or tutoring model that covers enrichment programming and other costs such as transportation and meals to increase student participation; bring school-based summer programs into the community, providing opportunities for enrichment, social and emotional skill building, mental health support, and tutoring services; and provide students with summer field trips for hands-on learning opportunities. Hands-on learning opportunities include activities such as trips to nature centers, state parks, zoos, museums, or theaters.
  • Preschool for 4- and 5-Year-Olds ($20 million) This allocation provides preschool or prekindergarten to 4- and 5-year-olds. These funds can be used in a Parent Aware star-rated, public or private, preschool, or prekindergarten in-person learning program. These high-quality early learning programs help children develop their social-emotional skills before they begin kindergarten.
  • School-Linked Mental Health Grants ($6.011 million) This investment in School-linked Mental Health Grants, administered by the Department of Human Services, will address an increased need for community mental health services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Expanded Access to Tutoring ($3.25 million) The Governor will expand access to tutoring services including academic enrichment, mental health support, and other wrap-around services for K-12 children by providing grants to experienced entities, including community organizations.
Montana American Rescue Plan (ESSER) Updated August 12, 2021: The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) has allocated funds to school districts to invest in evidence-based programs and is providing tools to help school districts decide how to select interventions. OPI will provide a variety of sustained, multi-tiered systems of supports, professional learning, data support, and technical assistance opportunities to school districts to support their academic impact plans and implementation. OPI will use the Opportunity to Learn Survey collected in May 2021 and the Professional Needs Survey collected in February 2021, along with data collected at the local level, to identify student groups disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Districts will submit specific action plans to target those students, such as afterschool or summer school programs. The OPI is also partnering with community-based organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local libraries to support summer and afterschool programs. Furthermore, OPI is developing summer enrichment opportunities for Montana students based on student-driven interests and purpose. The first student film festival will be held the Summer of 2022 and will be enhanced with after school workshops developing student interests and skills in digital media and communication. The Montana Arts Council, the Department of Labor, the Chamber of Commerce, and Reach Higher are all partners in this effort. OPI will release a summer enrichment planning guide for public and nonpublic schools and communities the fall of 2021.

New Hampshire

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update August 12, 2021: NHDOE is considering using ARP ESSER funds to partner with multiple community-based organizations and schools to provide wraparound services to low-income students and English learners such as digital literacy and joint family instruction, and provide high-quality afterschool STEM enrichment, including robotics. NHDOE is also considering expanding its ReKINDling Curiosity program, which provides low-income students and students with disabilities the opportunity to attend a licensed New Hampshire camp.

Update, August 5: New Hampshire established a summer fund of $500,000 to ensure all camp counselors age 14 and up would be trained in how to identify and respond to mental and behavioral health issues of campers. The state will also support on site counseling and referral services for students requiring higher tiered interventions.

The state Department of Education and Prenda schools collaborated to offer the Recovering Bright Futures program, a grant opportunity to establish learning pods for students in fall 2021 utilizing American Rescue Plan state set-aside funds. School districts and communities can apply for funds to create District Learning ods, as well as Community Learning pods for students who do not have access to a District Learning pod.

The state is also using COVID-19 recovery funds to partner with New Hampshire camps and school-age summer programs for its Rekindling Curiosity program. Through the program, up to $650 per child in camp fees can be covered by the state Department of Education. Eligible programs can learn more through the Rekindling Curiosity FAQ.

New Mexico

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update August 12, 2021: NMPED established a joint internship in tribal, county, or municipal governments, between NMPED and local municipalities, for students and to reengage at-risk youth for the 2021-22 school year using $6 million in ARP ESSER funding. In addition, NMPED will use $3.8 million in ARP ESSER funding to provide grants to districts and partner organizations to run summer programs in five key areas: 1) STEM programs, 2) outdoor, environmental education programs, 3) museum-based, arts, or cultural programs, 4) at-risk youth and teen-oriented programs, 5) land-based, agricultural, or career and technical education (CTE) programs.

NMPED will also provide a request for applications to community organizations to provide evidence-based services to students, including expanding Community Schools, which provide afterschool or extended learning time and wraparound services. These programs will use hands-on learning experiences and encourage discovery and team-building. NMPED will also use ARP ESSER funds to provide paid internships for high school students.

New Mexico set aside $3.8 million of its summer funds for districts and partner organizations to provide enrichment in one of five target areas including: STEM; outdoor education; arts/cultural programs; at-risk youth or teen oriented programs; and agricultural or CTE programs.

North Dakota

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Updated August 12, 2021: NDDPI has expanded in person summer school for all students in grades K-12 and made an online learning system available to all schools and students, which will provide free tutoring for math (pre-algebra through calculus), SAT prep, AP prep, and college applications. NDDPI will also use ARP ESSER funds for evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs to offer before and after school grant opportunities statewide. Eligible applicants include school districts, community-based organizations such as the Boys/Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other agencies providing services to schools.

Update, August 5: North Dakota will offer an afterschool grant opportunity for community-based partners or school districts, focusing on the two-thirds of school districts in the state that currently do not receive any 21st CCLC funding.

According to the proposed North Dakota state ARP ESSER plan, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) plans to spend 1% of the state’s total allocation of ARP ESSER funds for evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs ($3,052,699) to offer a before and after school grant opportunity statewide. Eligible applicants include school districts, community-based organizations such as the Boys/Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other agencies providing services to schools. Approximately one-third of North Dakota school districts receive 21st CCLC funding for afterschool programming, therefore the remaining two-thirds of school districts will be targeted for this new afterschool grant opportunity, in addition to a wide variety of community-based organizations.

New York American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update November 15, 2021: New York’s coordination with mental health first aid including coordination with SAMSHA project AWARE grants.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Ohio will be creating and supporting networked improvement communities that districts can opt into.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update, October 12, 2021: In early October, the Oklahoma State Department of Education announced a grant opportunity to fund high quality afterschool and summer learning programs, with school districts and community based organization eligible to apply in partnerships with each other. 


Oklahoma will have a number of competitive summer grant cycles with the goal of looking at the effectiveness of programming in the 2021-2022 cycle as a basis for preparing increasingly effective programs in 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.

In early May the Oklahoma State Department of Education announced plans to invest a minimum of $14 million in federal stimulus funds for summer enrichment through 2023 as part ARP ESSER state set aside funds. Additionally, individual school districts are leveraging their own federal aid to expand student learning opportunities after the school year ends this month. The $14 million initiative, called Ready Together Oklahoma, utilizes the 1 percent set aside of state funds for summer enrichment and encourages summer programs to take a "whole child" holistic approach to aid student recovery, address academic loss and provide food, extracurricular activities, and mental health support. The state Education Department will award $6 million to the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and the Oklahoma Alliance of YMCAs to provide youth summer programming.

The state agency will announce more available grants in the coming weeks for non-profits to offer summer and afterschool opportunities.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update, August 5: Oregon is working across funding streams including ARP, 21st CCLC, and the state’s student success funds. The plan mentions, “This cohesive concept system will enable the state to leverage state and federal dollars to build a comprehensive technical assistance program focused on increasing the quality of programs that can be sustained through other programs after ARP ESSER funds are no longer available.”

The state also suggests LEAs consider hiring outreach coordinators to connect with students and families in culturally responsive student and family centered ways as a means to help programs identify, recruit, and retain students most in need of supports.

In March 2021, Governor Kate Brown made a commitment to summer learning and child care in a restorative funding package worth about $325 million, including $75 million in federal funds. The package includes $90 million in Summer Enrichment and Academic Program Grants for K-8 students to include culturally relevant programming through school districts and partners with enrichments and attention to social, emotional and mental health supports, and $72 million in Summer Academic Support Grants for high school students. Moreover, $40 million in grants will be specifically reserved for community-based partners to provide enriching summer programming. An additional $30 million in School Child Care Grants will go to encourage partnerships between Title I schools and Tribes and community-based partners that can help provide important wrap around services.

Rhode Island

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Rhode Island will use the state’s 21st CCLC Theory of Action as a base for its new grant program, including the development of strong partnerships between LEAs and CBOs with defined roles and responsibilities, two-way communication, MOUs, and data sharing. The state recognizes the 21st CCLC evidence base in Rhode Island shows “multiple statistically significant and positive results” including in mathematics, ELA, school day absences, and school discipline measures. The state recognizes expanded learning opportunities as an equity strategy and specifically calls out the need to reach differently abled students, multilingual learners and students of color.

South Carolina

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update, August 5: South Carolina will be partnering with the South Carolina Arts Commission to create innovative arts opportunities over the summer aligned to the state’s College and Career Ready Standards in Math and English Language Arts.

South Carolina’s summer plan includes coordinating with the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and the SC Technical College System to establish a summer teaching intern program for post-secondary students. Students will receive financial and academic support and will learn about next steps in the teacher certification process. Additionally, the afterschool funds in the state will be managed through a partnership with the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) and will provide funding to afterschool programs) can include “educators in training.”

The governor's office announced a $12.05 million investment in the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), with funds allocated as follows:

  • $4.8 million for community-based and evidenced-based therapy programs targeted to keep children in school and living at home. The therapists will work within the homes, schools, and communities to address the mental health and risky behaviors of students. Family therapists will also provide intensive in-home family counseling. 
  • $4.0 million for the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance to work with DJJ to provide summer and after-school programs to at-risk middle school students in primarily rural areas.
  • $2.0 million for full-time mentoring programs that support education and life skills development. The objective is to decrease incarceration and out-of-home placement rates by reducing crime, and anti-social behaviors such as drug abuse. 
  • $1.25 million for Teen After-School Centers, which support at-risk high school students. These centers have documented success in reducing recidivism, absences, and out-of-school suspensions while improving grades. DJJ will provide GED testing to youth through the Centers.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

On October 8, 2021, The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS): High Quality Afterschool Supports grant program. The TCLAS is a set of funding, resources, and programmatic supports for local educational agencies (LEAs) to accelerate student learning in the wake of COVID-19, and this grant opportunity supports LEAs in designing and implementing high-quality afterschool programs aligned to this goal. Eligible applicants include LEAs –– including LEAs that have partnered with a non-profit afterschool partner - and non-profits with experience and expertise in implementing and operating high quality afterschool programs. The application is due by 4:59 PM CT on Friday, November 12, 2021.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Update, August 5: Utah’s combined afterschool and summer grants will be complemented by SEA technical assistance to help empower LEAs and CBOs to work with school level and community needs data to target student support. Data may include attendance, benchmark assessments, or credit recovery. The state also mentions providing a Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Data and Statistics team that can support deeper data analysis if requested.

Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is working to align the two ARP ESSER state set aside funding streams for evidence-based summer learning and evidenced-based afterschool programming into one competitive grant application process. The combined grant programs would make approximately $12.3 million available to afterschool and summer learning providers. The SEA made the decision with input from community leaders, who noted that the foundational partnerships between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) were strongest if it was a year-round effort to support students and families.


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Summer Matters for All Grant Program, a collaboration between Vermont Afterschool, Governor Phil Scott’s office, Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, and the Vermont Agency of Education, made awards to 39 summer programs in late May. This was a highly competitive process with 188 proposals submitting $7,427,584 in requests, which far exceeded the available funding of $1.5 million. Grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 were awarded to non-profit organizations and other youth-serving entities seeking to create or expand summer learning programs for K-12 children and youth. 


American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

Washington has contracted with the statewide afterschool network, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) to serve as an intermediary in developing and administering summer grants to community organizations. SOWA will conduct broad outreach to the field to encourage applicants, provide TA to support programs in applying, and establish a community-based review process.

West Virginia

American Rescue Plan (ESSER)

West Virginia employed a Coordinator for Extended Learning in its Office of Federal Programs and Support. The staff will provide technical assistance and quality implementation support while working alongside 21st CCLC staff.


American Rescue Plan (State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund)

Update November 15, 2021: 

Wisconsin’s detailed description of how the state defines “comprehensive” afterschool including reference to research based practices for comprehensive afterschool which includes - Active, hands-on learning experiences; Development and practice of interpersonal competencies; Meaningful and relevant activities and learning opportunities; Opportunities to practice skills that promote mastery; Learning that engages students in new experiences and development of new skills, while prioritizing student voice and choice;  and Programming that engages community partnerships and collaboration, including adult family members.

The governor’s office announced $50 million in grants through their “Beyond the Classroom” program. Non-profit organizations that serve school-age kids virtually and in-person outside of school and during the summer months are able to apply for up to $500,000 each. The funds were provided through the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) administered at the federal level by the Department of Treasury.


American Rescue Plan (State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund)

Wyoming highlights that combining its afterschool and summer fund allows for deeper collaborations between LEAs, community-based organizations and stakeholders. The state also will be designing programs to incorporate “youth voice, choice, and leadership opportunities with active and meaningful family engagement practices.”

Using other COVID relief funds



On April 29, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state was distributing $26.5 million to “support summer learning programs, reach struggling students, enhance student achievement and expand tutoring opportunities.” The investments included $5,000,000 for Boys and Girls Clubs Summer Programming to start in May and go through summer 2021. The dollars being distributed by the state came from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funding, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of March 2020.



Maryland Governor Larry Hogan launched “Project Bounce Back,” an effort to help kids recover from the stress and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic, funded by $25 million in federal aid. Project Bounce Back will rely on a public-private partnership between state education and crime prevention agencies, the Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maryland and a series of private businesses. The funding was provided through the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Department of Justice as part of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program authorized by the CARES Act of March 2020.



Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Michigan Public Act 3 of 2021 which appropriates $152.4 million in federal funding for summer programming, credit recovery, and before- and afterschool programming as part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II Fund that was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. In addition, $10 million in state aid funding was appropriated for innovative summer programming or credit recovery programs, including:

  • $90 million in federal funding allocated for grades K-8 summer programs that are offered as part of COVID-19 remediation services.
  • $17.4 million in federal funding allocated for before-school, afterschool, or before-and afterschool programs
  • $10 million in state school aid funding allocated for innovative summer and credit recovery programming

North Carolina


North Carolina’s governor committed $20 million in March 2020 relief funds for state-level grants to the Department of Education to support at risk students with additional supports such as afterschool programming.

South Carolina


Governor McMaster announced a $12.05 million investment in the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), with funds allocated to programs dedicated to supporting at-risk youth through multi-faceted counseling programs for youth and families, mentoring programs that develop education and life skills, and fund teen after-school centers.

The funding is made possible through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

West Virginia


Through their Summer Opportunities for Learning and Engagement (SOLE) grants, the state Department of Education leveraged nearly $34 million of CARES Act to pay for summer remediation programs for K-12 students. Eligible summer learning programs must offer full-day programming four days per week for at least four weeks. Funds will be used to offer students academics, enrichment, transportation, and meals, with high school students also participating in college prep activities.

Examples of partnerships


City and county level partnerships

In San Francisco, the mayor worked with the Department of Children, Youth and their Families, the Recreation and Parks Department, libraries and community-based agencies to establish the Community Hub Initiative to support students across the city during virtual and hybrid learning. The model leverages the connections community providers have with families to reach out to eligible participants, specifically prioritizing the most in-need demographic groups. This summer, the city is leveraging city funds with a philanthropic gift to continue to expand on the model through a Summer Together Initiative. The new initiative includes the city, school district and community organization to provide students impacted by learning loss with “meaningful, fun, and academic integrated programming and experiences.”


Local level partnerships

In Hartford, Superintendent Dr. Torres-Rodriguez is committed to working with community-based partners to provide enrichment, healthy peer relationships, positive youth development opportunities, and college and career readiness. She is establishing an “all-call” meeting for all community partners to discuss the districts vision for summer, including space, facilities, and ways they can work together to meet the needs of students. In an interview with Dean Thompson at the University of Hartford, Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez said, “I need help from our partners to help us help our students find joy and then begin to build their relationships again, not only with their peers, but with their community.”


School level partnerships

In Gaithersburg, a youth program called Identity worked to identify students who seemed disconnected, emotionally withdrawn, and struggling to create a “study bubble” within its learning hub programming to ensure these students received additional attention to stay engaged and healthy. The program also runs a Safety Ambassadors program, during which students receive seven weeks of training to become peer educators on COVID and related resources, offering a good opportunity for English language learning students to practice their English skills and include as experience on their future resumes

County level partnerships

In Prince George’s County a non-profit arts provider, Joe’s Movement Emporium, stepped up during the pandemic to support the children of essential workers with programming during the virtual school day and over the summer. The program also integrated movement into school’s online learning programs and found increased levels of engagement as a result. As the school system reopens, the community-based organization is communicating with school-day teachers on how to continue to provide students with movement-based learning, aiming to establish a continued partnership between the school and partners that bring additional enrichment and engagement for students, as well as new types of professional development for school day staff.


School district partnership

The school district in Tulsa pivoted early in the pandemic to working with community partners, including the Tulsa Opportunity Project and Tulsa United Way, to help support families with remote learning, meals, and access to resources. In summer 2021 and the following school year, the district is continuing to coordinate with partners and working to offer free summer and afterschool opportunities that combine learning and enrichment, as well as credit for older students, to all learners.


City and county partnership

In Madison, the city was able to lean on a pre-existing collaborative organization between the city, county, metropolitan school district and more than 45 youth serving providers, known as Madison Out of School Time (MOST), to coordinate throughout the pandemic. MOST worked with participating programs to provide meals, snacks, nurses for COVID-19 screenings, and social workers, among other resources.

Supporting afterschool and summer enrichment

Nine states have proposed to combine the comprehensive afterschool and summer enrichment set asides into one funding stream in support of year-round out-of-school-time programming:

Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Utah, Wyoming

18 states include 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) in varying involvement – from expanding support for existing 21st CCLC grants, to using the 21st CCLC evidence base or infrastructure:

Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

19 states propose grant funding for comprehensive afterschool programs which include partnerships between community based organizations and nonprofits. The evidence base for out-of-school-time programs suggests that partnerships between community-based providers and schools are essential to yielding strong outcomes:

Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Eight states propose allocating the afterschool set aside funding directly by formula to school districts, or limiting grants for afterschool programming to school districts as the only eligible entity:

Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia

13 states propose grant funding for summer enrichment programs which include partnerships between community based organizations and nonprofits:

Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

12 states propose allocating the summer enrichment set aside funding directly by formula to school districts, or limiting grants for afterschool programming to school districts as the only eligible entity:

Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia

14 states asked for more time to fully develop their afterschool and/or their summer learning strategies as they collect additional data and stakeholder feedback before proposing a plan:

Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington

12 states mentioned in their plans that they are coordinating with their statewide afterschool network:

Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wyoming