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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Application for Funds
ESSER Application for Funds
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Application Due: December 31st, 2020
- ESSER Application Leads (NEW 04/08/2022)
- Non-public School Share Calculator (XLSX)
- CARES Act Certification of Participation in Equitable Services to Non-public Schools (PDF) (Updated 10/8/2020)
- ESSER Application Approval and Signature Form (DOCX)
- ESSER Funds FAQ
- ESSER Allocations
- Request to Update Indirect Cost Rate
- Facility Schools Application Approval and Transmittal Form (DOCX)
Using IdM for the ESSER 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
- Reset your IdM password
- Local Access Manager Quick Access Guide (DOCX)
- Identity Management Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
ESSER Allowable Uses of Funds
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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:
- Expanded local control and flexibility
- Doing what works based on scientific research
- Accountability for results
- 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
- 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
- For more information related to each ESEA Title Program, visit the program pages below.
- Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
- Title I, Part C - Education of Migratory Children
- Title I, Part D - Neglected and Delinquent
- Title II, Part A – High Quality Teachers and Principals
- Title III – Supplemental Supports for English Learners
- Title IV, Part A – Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE)
- Title V, Part B – Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)
- For questions, contact the ESEA contacts listed on each of the above webpages or your district’s ESEA Regional Contact.
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.
- For additional information on allowable activities under ESEA programs for foster students, download the Foster Care Education Program fact sheet (PDF) and Funding Sources to Support Students in Foster Care (DOCX).
- For questions contact Jamie Burciaga, Foster Care Education Coordinator
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:
- Providing opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutoring services and homework help, to help students meet state and local academic standards.
- 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.
- 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.
- For more information and a list of allowed and recommended activities, download the 21st Century Community Learning Centers fact sheet (PDF).
- For questions, contact Anna Young or Cody Buchanan, community Partnership Specialists
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 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
- For questions, contact Paul Foster or Vicki Graham
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.
- For a list of allowable activities, download the list of McKinney-Vento authorized activities.
- For questions, contact Paula Gumina, State Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children & Youth
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
- For questions, contact Danielle Ongart, Director of Adult Education.
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
- 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.
- The CTE Administrators Handbook (PDF) (pg. 224) has additional information on allowable and unallowable activities.
- For questions, contact Andy Tucker, Director of Postsecondary Readiness
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