Information on Funding and Support 
for your RAR Program

RAR Support for Sustainability

Raising A Reader loves supporting our Affiliates as they seek to expand and sustain their RAR programs, through our Classic Model, Family Shared Reading Program and Super Summer Learning Adventures Program. Sometimes, we’ll highlight local funding opportunities throughout our Bookmark to help our regions where there are several Affiliates, but today, we’re sharing two federal funding sources which could assist your programmatic work. If you have questions about using these federal funds, or need grant language, please connect with us at rarinquiry@raisingareader.org.

Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant

If your state received federal funding from the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant (for Affiliates in MA, MO, MI, TN, LA, AZ, CO, WY, TX, DC + FL) in FY 2020 or FY 2021, Raising A Reader qualifies as an evidence-based organization. This funding can be used by both existing and new Affiliates to assist learners ages 0-2nd grade, ensuring those in high-need communities receive the highest level of instruction. Materials include activities designed to address gaps identified by local needs assessments through professional development work moderate evidence-based literacy strategies. If you are unaware of where your state is designating their grant funding, or would like to learn more, click here.

American Rescue Plan Act

The newly passed $1.9T COVID-19 Relief Plan, or “American Rescue Plan” has the potential to make drastic changes in providing critical resources to the families we serve. According to the Center on Poverty & Social Policy at Columbia University, the percentage of child poverty will drop from 15.1% to 5.7% - having a direct impact on the 80% of Raising A Reader students who live in poverty. Furthermore, the plan also includes $128 billion for state educational agencies to reopen safely, including funding to cover the additional costs districts must incur as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary for reopening, including supporting the academic, social and emotional needs of students. There is also funding directed to the Child Care & Development Block Grant program to help support child care facilities, particularly in high-need areas. For a full breakdown of the American Rescue Plan, visit the full act here, or read this NPR article on what’s in the plan.

Learning Loss Funds

Check with your state’s Department of Education website to see if it has designated any additional funding for learning loss or pupil retention. For example, SB 545 in California, if passed, will provide additional resources to struggling students and proposes to reduce learning loss by mandating that school districts offer additional support such as one-on-one tutoring, and allow guardians to receive research on what resources can ensure their students success. Raising A Reader’s Super Summer Learning Adventures, designed to provide families with resources during a time when regular educational instruction is not provided, could be the resource caregivers need during this time and may be eligible for this funding. For more information on SB 545, click here. Contact us to learn more about any additional funding your state may have, or to be connected with Affiliates who have used state funding to purchase RAR materials for the families they serve.

Additional Context and Links to Analysis and Reports Related to the American Rescue Plan:

Literacy Policy Institute:  Analysis of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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OESE Highlights on State Allocations: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/03/FINAL_ARP-ESSER-Methodology-and-Table.pdf

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Since states have more authority on how this funding is spent, here’s a look at some additional info for California, for example:

That’s about $4,300 per student (in CA) — a record infusion of money. But the amount among districts will vary widely, since the funding is heavily weighted toward children in poverty, which Congress recognized as the most impacted by the pandemic and needing the most help. Districts must create a plan for using the latest money and publicly share it by June 1.

EdSource article on California's Usage of Rescue Funding: https://edsource.org/2021/california-schools-to-get-15-3-billion-in-federal-aid-under-american-rescue-plan/650944

EdSource article on funding in California (by county): https://edsource.org/2021/california-districts-and-charter-schools-get-covid-relief-funding-under-american-rescue-plan-act/650922

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We love this Education Trust article highlighting the how American Rescue Plan Act will improve students equity and access to quality educational programs. Since RAR’s founding, we have been committed to ensuring that all programming is accessible to, and reflective of, all families and children. Read on to learn more about how this funding will be allocated.

https://edtrust.org/resource/the-american-rescue-plan-act-of-2021-whats-in-it-for-equity/

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Heard about the American Rescue Plan Act, but not sure where to start? This NPR article is a great starting point in learning about how educational institutions will be funded. All of Raising A Reader’s offerings can be used to support students learning loss, and we’d love to connect with you to see how we can help you serve students and their families throughout this time.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/03/09/974841565/heres-whats-in-the-american-rescue-plan-as-it-heads-toward-final-passage

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