Helpkidsrecover.org is a resource designed specifically for education leaders about tapping ARP funds for summer and afterschool programs. The site includes: principles of quality programming; funding available to districts; the evidence base for afterschool and summer programs; and a map showing examples of how districts around the country have formed partnerships with afterschool and summer providers using ARP funds.
The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit includes free planning and resources that are directly aligned to the largest, most definitive study of summer learning programs offered by districts in collaboration with community partners.
The Wallace Foundation’s District Summer Learning Network provides planning support to member districts to create evidence-aligned 3-year roadmaps and implementation plans that center equity, partnerships, and whole child development. Districts interested in learning more or joining the SY22-23 cohort should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power of Partnerships website: The School Superintendents Association (AASA) offers this collection of resources supporting why local educators should invest in afterschool and summer opportunities and partnership using ARP and other funds.
Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education: An initiative of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) that calls for holistic redesign of the public school system by 2025, including out-of-school time learning opportunities.
50 State Afterschool Network. Afterschool state networks are a good resource for connecting school districts to providers in their community. Find your afterschool state network.
Reach out to your local elected officials about the city’s ARP investments in afterschool and summer learning programs. Find out if your community is making investments using the National League of Cities’ interactive map. This is an opportunity to create city-school partnerships to fund programs jointly and expand impact. Schools can connect students to city programs if none are available from the school.
The National Summer Learning Association works with communities on Summer Landscape Assessments to create a snapshot of summer, including data mapping and identifying gaps, redundancies, and opportunities. This systems building work includes a Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems (CIESLS) Self-Assessment, production of a public-facing report summarizing the results and recommendations, and strategic planning to create a summer learning system action plan. Here is a sample of the Greater Atlanta Community Report produced in partnership with the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network.