Prioritizing Summer Learning can mean finding the funds to make summer learning programs high-quality and engaging for students and families. The following program areas at ADE may offer funding to help public schools bridge the funding gap. Under each accordion, you'll find more information on the funding source and how it can support summer learning. Looking for more information on using federal funds for summer learning and afterschool check this out: A guide for providers, school districts, and intermediarie.
What it is: Grants provide financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help them meet challenging state academic standards.
How it can be used for summer: Title I funds may provide summer learning opportunities to eligible students. In a schoolwide program, all students are eligible; in a targeted assistance program, only students from low-income families are eligible. If an LEA or school wants to provide summer learning opportunities that include academic and non-academic enrichment activities, it might use Title I, Part A funds, as appropriate, for the academic component and partner with community organizations to provide the non-academic activities.
Title I funds may also be used for summer activities designed to help prepare eligible students for the upcoming school year. Example: Funds might be used for a summer academy to help eligible eighth-grade students transition to high school. Similarly, funds might be used for a summer program to prepare eligible students to succeed in higher-level courses.
What it is: LEAs may use funds to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers and for professional development activities for teachers and principals.
How it can be used for summer: Professional development activities supported by Title II, Part A funds can occur during the school day, after school, in workshops, and during summer. Example: Funds may support a district-wide teacher training program conducted over the summer.
What is it: Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant is to improve student's academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. (ESSA Sec.4101)
How it can be used for summer: Funds for the SSAE program can be used under each of the three content areas and may include, but are not limited to, direct services for students, including summer learning, professional development for teachers and administrators, salaries of personnel to carry out identified programs and services, and supplemental educational resources and equipment.
What it is: Career and Technical Education is part of a well-rounded education, and, as such, CTE programs are eligible to access Title IV funds. Perkins grants support Career and Technical Education that enables secondary students to graduate from high school and transition into postsecondary education, training, and employment in in-demand occupations.
How it can be used for summer: States and eligible sub-recipients may use funds for career and technical education programs throughout the year, including summer courses, provided they meet the requirements of the Perkins Statute. Example: Perkins eligible recipients may use the funding for CTE programs during the summer months. The required and allowable uses of funds are the same for CTE programs offered during the academic year and summer.
For more information about CTE, contact: 602.542.5282
What it is: Funds support education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards.
How it could be used for summer: A summer program that has migratory children as a target audience could use these funds to provide educational and support opportunities, such as vocational instruction, health services, and academic instruction.
What is it: 21st CCLC programs build and sustain comprehensive out-of-school-time programs that provide high-quality academic enrichment opportunities for students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools. Summer Learning is required for Arizona 21st CCLC programs. Click here to locate a current list of 21st CCLC participating sites.
How it can be used for summer: Eligible entities may apply for sub-grants to establish 21st CCLC program sites that deliver summer educational and enrichment opportunities. A State may use available funds to expand or enhance current activities among existing or new 21st CCLC subgrantees to support summer learning programs.
What is it: The School Safety Program is a competitive, state-funded grant that runs in three-year cycles. Arizona public schools and charters are eligible to apply.
How it can be used for summer: Arizona Revised Statute 15-154, the School Safety Program is established within the department of education to support, promote and enhance safe and effective learning environments for all students by supporting the costs of placing school resource officers, juvenile probation officers, school counselors, and school social workers on school campuses.
What is it: Congress passed three separate Covid-19 federal relief packages. The American Rescue Plan: Addressing Disrupted Learning with Summer Learning
The American Rescue Plan stipulates that 20% of an LEA’s total ESSER III award must be reserved to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs. ESSER III | Arizona Department of Education (azed.gov).
How can it be used for summer: ESSER III differs from the first two ESSER awards. It contains new requirements for LEAs. These include: New 20% required set aside to address disrupted learning using evidence-based academic, social, and emotional learning strategies for vulnerable populations of students, which can be used to support summer learning.
What is it: Academic Standards team oversees the standards for learning for children and students in Arizona from birth to high school graduation.
How can it be used for summer: The Academic Standards team leads state-level work related to Early Childhood, Literacy, Computer Science, Educational Technology, English Language Arts, History and Social Sciences, Math, Science, and the World and Native Languages and offers several Adult Professional Development opportunities.
For more information, contact: Academic Standards Front Desk at 602-364-2333.
What it is: Approved sponsors serve meals that meet federal nutritional guidelines. The National School Lunch Program also provides reimbursements to summer programs that are school-sponsored and have a school food service department that is willing to provide healthy snacks and meals. Click here to access the Summer Meals Toolkit from USDA.
How it can be used for summer: Free meals can be offered to participants in summer employment and learning opportunities in partnership with current Summer Meal sites or with the creation of a new site.
During the legislative session of 2022 the legislature repealed A.R.S. 15-952 as part of the K-12 Budget Reconciliation Bill that was signed by Governor Doug Ducey. Due to this repeal an LEA will no longer be required to submit an Affirmation of Teacher Evaluations by February 1st to the Educator and School Excellence Unit. The repeal of 15-592 though does not remove the evaluation requirements of the LEA for certificated teachers as required under A.R.S. 15-537.