Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 Through Summer Learning and Enrichment

The American Rescue Plan provides an extraordinary investment in education that includes $500 billion that can be used, in part, to support young people with interest-driven learning during the hours they are out of school. This investment begins with funds available to states and districts this summer aimed toward engaging and re-engaging young people in learning and supporting families. The federal government is urging states and districts to work with partners in the community to create and offer these learning experiences, and writing project sites are ideal partners in this regard.

However, just because funding can be spent on interest-driven and enriching afterschool and summer programs, including those that you may design and offer through your site, that does not mean it will. Writing Project sites will need to reach out to local education leaders—content area supervisors, school boards, superintendents, and principals—to share what you can offer students to support learning recovery and present yourselves as potential partners.

We urge writing projects to reach out quickly to local schools and districts as their timeline for applying for these funds is short. Below are resources to support you in this effort: