ESSER Funds Are Almost Gone!

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Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Invest in SEL

ESSER funds won’t be available much longer, but there’s still time to invest them in Second Step® social-emotional learning (SEL) programs.

How Can I Get Started?

Fill out this form to connect with our team about how to use ESSER funds for Second Step programs.

States and districts have until September 30, 2024, to apply for ESSER funding. Don’t miss this chance to support programs that teach students critical life skills, help improve school climate, and more!

To help offset costs for the 2025–2026 school year, the federal government has granted an extension until March 31, 2026, to spend those funds, giving you ample time to tailor SEL programs to your school’s unique needs. These funds play a critical role in supporting schools and districts as they work toward educational recovery. To maximize their impact, contact your Education Partner to explore funding options and ensure that your school community benefits fully from this opportunity.

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What Is ESSER Funding?

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding is a federal program administered by the Department of Education that provides time-limited emergency financial assistance for US school districts to address educational challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts can apply for ESSER funding through their state educational agency (SEA). For more details, visit the US Department of Education’s website.

Can ESSER Funds Be Used for Second Step® Programs?

Absolutely! ESSER Funds are tailor-made to address students’ academic, social, and emotional needs stemming from pandemic-related learning setbacks. These funds support research-backed and evidence-based programs that enable the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Tier 1 SEL, which encompasses the comprehensive Second Step® family of programs. This is ideal for freeing up your budget because you can allocate ESSER funds for multi-year program subscriptions, extending up to four years after the funds are obligated. Be sure to check with your state or district for any additional local guidelines.

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Is ESSER Funding Still Available?

Yes! ESSER III funding must be allocated by September 30, 2024, and liquidated within 120 days of that date, giving you ample time to customize an SEL program specific to your school environment and SEL goals. For specific deadlines and details, refer to the US Department of Education’s FAQ.

Where Can I See How Much My State Has Spent Using ESSER Funds?

To find out how much your state has spent to date using ESSER funds, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the ESSER Expenditure Dashboard.
  2. Click on your state to see the spending details.
  3. You can view how the money was used in different areas or download the entire state’s spending data.

To view the most current details by state, click your state in the list below:

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*These 23 states have identified SEL as a priority with the American Rescue Plan and have funds allocated specifically to help support districts implement their SEL initiatives.

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What’s Next?

We understand that providing essential support to your students and school communities can be challenging without adequate funding, which is why ensuring your funds are properly allocated before the deadline is crucial. Our knowledgeable and experienced Education Partnerships team is here to assist you every step of the way. Whether you’re seeking ESSER funding or exploring other options, we’re committed to helping you invest in SEL programming to enhance your institution.

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Unlock More Funding Opportunities

Explore our Funding for Second Step® Programs page for more ideas and resources available to you. Whether you’re seeking grants or other avenues, we’ve got you covered. Plus, don’t miss our handy Grant Application Checklist, your roadmap for securing those important funds.

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