LEARNING A-Z: A BRIDGE TO SUCCESS
Learning A-Z offers award-winning, CARES-aligned solutions that are thoughtfully designed and literacy-focused. Our resources are designed in accordance with research-based best practices and leveled to meet the needs of all students.
CARES ACT OVERVIEW
The CARES Act offers three types of grants and funds related to elementary education:
The $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security CARES Act provides time-sensitive, one-time funding and flexibility for states to respond to the COVID-19 emergency in K-12 schools. It provides:
- $30 billion Education Stabilization Fund for K-12 and higher education programs
- More than $4 billion for early childhood education
- Other supports, such as forgivable loans to nonprofits, including many providers of after-school or summer programs
The initial award period is from March 13, 2020 through June 30, 2021 and local educational agencies (LEAs) have until September 30, 2022 to expend funds. State educational agencies (SEAs) must award funds within one year of receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
This fund provides $13.2 billion to be awarded to SEAs for the purpose of providing LEAs, including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
- States will receive this funding based on the number of students in poverty in the same manner as funding is provided under Title I, Part A.
- States must allocate 90 percent of that funding to districts, including charter schools, based on Title I, Part A.
- Districts have flexibility on how to target the funds they receive, including how and which schools are funded.
- States have flexibility on how to target the 10 percent of funding they retain. One way to think about this funding is that it equates to about 80 percent of the most recent year’s Title I, Part A, funding.
If you have questions about the ESSER Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org
This fund provides $3 billion for grants to states based on a formula stipulated in the legislation. (1) 60% on the basis of the State’s relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24. (2) 40% on the basis of the State’s relative number of children counted under section 1124(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).
- States will receive funds based on a combination of both school-age population and rates of poverty.
- Governors have wide discretion over use of these funds to support K-12 or higher education.
If you have questions about the GEER Fund: email@example.com
This fund provides support to SEAs in States with the highest coronavirus burden to address specific educational needs of students, their caregivers, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with section 18001(a)(3) of the CARES Act.
- Request a waiver on the 15% carryover limitation for Title I, Part A.
- Obtain an extension on availability for the prior fiscal year’s funds.
- Receive a waiver of the needs assessment, content-specific spending requirements, and spending restrictions on technology infrastructure under Title IV, Part A.
- Request a waiver of the definition of “professional development” in order to prevent limitations on the ability to quickly train school leaders and teachers on topics like effective distance learning techniques.
If you have questions about the ESF-REM Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES FOR THE CARES ACT
HOW DO LEARNING A-Z PRODUCTS ALIGN WITH THE CARES ACT?
Districts/schools/teachers can use CARES funds for twelve different scenarios. Five align with Learning A-Z products:
Providing principals/school leaders with resources necessary to address needs of individual schools/approach to literacy
Helping maintain operations of and continuity of services in Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and after-school programs
Addressing unique needs of special student populations
Purchasing educational technology for students
LEARNING A-Z PRODUCTS THAT ALIGN WITH CARES ACT FUNDING:
Raz-Plus Delivers a Personalized Blended Learning Approach to Literacy
Raz-Plus is a robust, in-depth blended learning literacy solution that delivers differentiated learning that works equally well in the classroom, at home or both. Engage your students with a portal (Kids A-Z) that kids love, allowing them to access books, assignments, and other reading resources anywhere, at any time, from a PC or mobile device. Learn More >
ELL Edition Delivers Anywhere Access to English Language Learner Resources
Raz-Plus ELL Edition provides research-based resources and teaching strategies designed for classroom or remote learning, specifically designed for helping English language learners achieve success with social and academic English. Available with a subscription to Raz-Plus, the ELL Edition's resources are organized in content area topics at varying grade ranges and include integrated grammar and vocabulary support. Learn More >
Vocabulary A-Z Connects Vocabulary Instruction to Online Practice
Vocabulary A-Z is a digital solution for helping K-5 students build foundational vocabulary, spelling, and phonics skills to increase reading comprehension. With Vocabulary A-Z, teachers can differentiate vocabulary instruction and practice with premade and customizable word lists, printable and digital lessons, and online game-based activities and quizzes that students love! Learn More >
Headsprout Provides an Adaptive Online and Mobile Reading Program for Kids
Headsprout is a research-proven kids' reading program that takes students on a digital journey to become better readers. The program's instruction is designed to adapt to each student's specific needs and learning pace and has received favorable independent reviews for its effectiveness in a variety of learning environments. With a cast of captivating characters to help them along the way, students complete interactive online episodes that continually teach the critical foundational reading skills and comprehension strategies. Learn More >
Science A-Z Puts Science in Every Student's Hands
Science A-Z is an award-winning curriculum resource that blends science and literacy into one captivating K-6 curriculum for classroom, home, or blended learning environments. Delivering thousands of science resources, including multilevel informational texts, science experiments, and hands-on activities, Science A-Z helps students think and act like scientists. Learn More >
Across the country, students, teachers and families are proving that learning can and does happen anywhere. By extending additional funding flexibility to schools, we are helping to ensure student learning continues and supporting teachers as they transition to virtual classrooms. Local leaders have asked for the ability to steer more resources to local needs, and these new tools will help them do just that.
~ U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
CARES Act FAQs
The CARES Act provides approximately $31 billion in emergency education funding to students, schools, institutions, and states across the country. $13 billion in support goes to school districts.This funding would cover a wide range of activities, including cleaning and sanitizing schools, purchasing educational technology such as laptops and hotspot devices, training educators to use online learning tools, ensuring access to education for students with disabilities, and providing students emergency funding for food, housing, and other basic essentials. $14 billion in support goes to institutions of higher education. This funding gives direct financial relief to institutions of higher education struggling to make up for lost revenue following school closures and requires that institutions spend some of that funding on emergency financial aid grants to students. Another $3 billion will go to governors for emergency education relief that can be spent on school districts, institutions of higher education, or both.
For the Governor’s Relief Fund, governors will have wide discretion in how they spend funds to support K-12 and higher education. However, for the K-12 Relief Fund, states must distribute at least 90% to districts to determine how to best spend the funds. States will receive this funding based on the number of students in poverty in the same manner as funding is provided under Title I, Part A.The chart below shows how the funds are distributed from the U.S. Department of Education to the schools.
SEAs must award funds within one year of receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The initial award period is from March 13, 2020 through June 30, 2021 and LEAs have until September 30, 2022 to expend funds.
The CARES Act includes a long list of allowable activities, including any activities authorized under a range of existing federal education laws, as well as a long list of activities broadly related to coronavirus, such as support for principals and other school leaders to meet the needs of their schools; support for education technology essential to distance learning; and support for measures to address the unique needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness and foster care youth. Also on the list is support for summer learning and afterschool programs.
Full Set of Allowable Activities
- Any activities authorized by ESSA, IDEA, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as related to education programs for homeless children and youth)
- Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth
- Coordination in response to the Coronavirus
- Resource for principals and school leaders to meet the needs of their schools
- Designing and implementing procedures and systems to improve preparedness and response efforts
- Training and professional learning on sanitation and minimizing infectious diseases
- Purchasing supplies to clean and sanitize
- Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, such as providing meals to students, providing online learning to all students, and providing guidance on carrying out IDEA requirements
- Purchasing education technology for students
- Providing mental health services
- Planning and implementing summer learning and after-school programs
- Continuing to employ existing staff
- Other activities to maintain operations and continue services