The National Summer Learning Association is encouraged by the passage of the bipartisan CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. This unprecedented funding provides $2 trillion in emergency stimulus funding to address the immediate financial needs of families, businesses, and the education system amidst the economic fallout from COVID-19.

ADVOCATING FOR THE FUNDS

ADVOCACY AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL: The majority of funds will be distributed directly to districts. There is immense flexibility for how these funds are spent and it is up to the district leaders about how to use the funds.

SUMMER LEARNING & OST MUST BE A PRIORITY: Given the large scale and extended school closures, resulting in an exacerbated equity gap in services and supports, access to summer learning activities will play a critical role in helping communities continue to provide an education for our nation’s students for the duration of the national COVID-19 response.

HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR THESE FUNDS: Meet with the district leaders, encourage your SEA to share best practices, form district level coalitions and partnerships with program leaders, show how programs are being adapted to address COVID-19 (going virtual, providing professional development for online programs, supporting highest-needs students, etc).

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