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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II Application for Funds

ESSER II Application for Funds

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Application Due: September 30, 2021


Using IdM for the ESSER II Application:

CDE's Identity Management process streamlines the user login process and automates the user registration, approval, and password reset processes and provides districts and administrative units with the ability to maintain users via a Delegated Administration model.

  • The district Local Access Manager will need to ensure that the Authorized Representative completing the application has access to the ESSER application

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ESSER II Allowable Uses of Funds

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ESEA Allowable Activities

ESEA is the primary federal law affecting K-12 education. The main goal of ESEA is to help all students in the state to reach proficiency in English language arts/reading and mathematics and is built on four pillars:

  1. Expanded local control and flexibility
  2. Doing what works based on scientific research
  3. Accountability for results
  4. More options for parents

Core Components of the ESEA

  • Based on a Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Meaningful stakeholder engagement
  • Supplemental supports & services
  • Serving eligible schools and/or students

Examples of allowable activities

  • Salary/benefits of positions dedicated to accelerating student achievement (e.g., interventionist, Title I teacher)
  • Professional learning opportunities to improve education and principal effectiveness
  • Materials/Supplies for interventions or supplemental programs
  • Software/Technology
  • Elevating the education of all students in a schoolwide school
  • Improving the achievement of students at risk of failing to meet state academic standards in a targeted assistance school

Additional Information


  • For questions, contact the ESEA contacts listed on each of the above webpages or your district’s ESEA Regional Contact.

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Foster Care Education Program

Learn more about the Foster Care Education Program

The Foster Care Education Program is dedicated to helping students in foster care excel academically, complete courses, advance to the next grade and continue on a path to postsecondary success. Students in foster care are entitled to receive the same services and supports as any other student in Title I schools.

Additional Information


  • For questions contact Jamie Burciaga, Foster Care Education Coordinator

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Title IV, Part B – 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Learn more about Title IV, Part B – 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st CCLC grant program supports the creation of local out-of-school time (OST) programs to provide students and their families with high-quality academic enrichment opportunities and services. Centers serve students—in particular, those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools—and provide academic and enrichment services during non-school hours. Services focus on helping children succeed academically by:

  1. Providing opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutoring services and homework help, to help students meet state and local academic standards.
  2. Offering students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as but not limited to, youth development activities, service learning, arts, music, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, 21st century learning skills, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
  3. Offering families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

Additional Information


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Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

The purpose of IDEA is to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities and give parents or legal guardians a voice in their child’s education. IDEA requires schools find and evaluate students suspected of having disabilities, at no cost to families.

Example of allowable uses of ESSER II funds for IDEA activities:

  • Visual Technology for physical cues
  • Assistive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Devices that allow access to instruction for students with motor development, hearing, or sight needs
  • Sanitization of center-based programs

Additional information:


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Learn more about McKinney-Vento

The intent of the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program is to remove all educational barriers facing children and youth experiencing homelessness, with an emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance, and success.

Allowable Activities


  • For questions, contact Paula Gumina, State Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children & Youth

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Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

Learn more about the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) assists adults, including English learners, to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self- sufficiency, including attaining a high school credential and transitioning to postsecondary education and training. AEFLA also assists adults who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family.

Examples of Allowable Activities

  • Salary/benefits to support instructors
    • Family literacy activities that include the four required components
    • High school equivalency preparation for students ages 17+ that are not currently enrolled in secondary school
  • Materials/Supplies in support of adult education services
  • Software/Technology in support of adult education services
  • Professional development for adult education instructors


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Perkins Act

The reauthorized Perkins Act (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)) represents an important support to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value. Provisions in Perkins V allow school districts to use federal funds to provide all students, not just those enrolled in CTE, career exploration and development activities in the middle grades and for comprehensive guidance and academic counseling in the upper grades.

Examples of allowable activities

  • Salary/benefits to support CTE
  • Professional learning opportunities

CTE educators

  • Durable goods/equipment (i.e., partitions, plexiglass) in support of CTE activities
  • Software/Technology in support of CTE activities
  • Supports for CTE related work-based learning activities

Note: Perkins funds cannot be used for capital expenses, consumables, or anything for personal benefit.

Additional information:


  • For questions, contact Andy Tucker, Director of Postsecondary Readiness

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