LITTLE ROCK – The Division of Elementary-Secondary Education (DESE) of the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University and its sponsored initiative, the Arkansas Out-of-School Network, awarded $1.8 million in US Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III funds to 30 summer and one-year extended apprenticeship programs statewide through the Supplemental Summer Apprenticeship Grant .
The second round of federal ESSER III relief funding was allocated to mitigate student learning loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to support social-emotional development. Grants range from $35,000 to $75,000 for the scholarship period of May 15 to August 15, 2022. The summer scholarships will provide funding for high-quality summer learning activities, including literacy , STEM, academic support and skills building, social-emotional learning, health and well-being, enrichment and workforce development.
The Afterschool and Summer Program competition for the 2022-2023 term will end on July 15, 2022 and will be accessible on aosn.org.
“Even before the pandemic disrupted all aspects of student life, Arkansas was struggling to meet the demand for after-school and summer learning programs,” said Laveta Wills-Hale, principal. of the Arkansas Out of School Network. “For every child in an afterschool program in Arkansas, three more are waiting to be admitted. The same goes for summer apprenticeship programs. In 2019, more than 26,000 additional children would have been enrolled in a program if it had been made available to them. We will continue to work tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and to ensure that all children have access to quality after-school and summer learning programs. This funding is a critical resource for our state’s communities and programs, and we are grateful to the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for their partnership.
Winners include school districts and community partnership programs such as public libraries, nonprofit organizations, vocational and technical programs, faith-based organizations, and institutions of higher learning. They will use grants to address the academic impact of lost instructional time on student learning through evidence-based summer programs.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Arkansas Out of School Network to provide additional federal funding to schools and nonprofits to improve student learning this summer and after school this coming school year. “, said DESE Deputy Commissioner Dr. Ivy Pfeffer said. “With the first round of funding, we saw innovative programs offered that support learning for students of all ages. Research shows that summer learning loss is a real problem for many students, especially those from economically disadvantaged households. Summer learning experiences that include academic enrichment, continued access to social-emotional supports, and access to experiences that connect students to practical opportunities provide enrichment and exposure that mitigate regression of learning. The winners of this next round of funding are well deserving, and we look forward to seeing their programs in action. »
The 30 scholarship recipients are:
A different stroke of art, North Little Rock
Apply Positive Keys / Down and Distance, Little Rock
Arkansas Delta Solutions, Monticello
Arkansas Employment Center, Little Rock
Arkansas River Educational Services Cooperative, Pine Bluff
Arkansas School for the Deaf, Little Rock
Arkansas River Valley Boys and Girls Club, Russellville
El Dorado Boys and Girls Club
McGehee Boys and Girls Club
Carter’s Crew, North Little Rock
City Youth Ministries, Jonesboro
Cutter Morning Star School District, Hot Springs
Fordyce School District
Four State Urban Development/Bowie and Miller Counties Literacy Council, Texarkana
Girl Scouts Diamonds, Little Rock
Gravette School District
Greenland School District
Harrison Public Schools
Hermitage Elementary School
Life Skills for Youth, Little Rock
Mammoth Spring School District
Melbourne School District
Moncrief Game Changer, Little Rock
Mountain View School District
Pleasant Grove/SACK Baptist Church, Bald Knob
Second Baptist Church, Little Rock
Sheridan Public School District
Southside School District, Batesville
TOPPS, Pine Bluff
William F. Laman Library, North Little Rock
The Arkansas Out of School Network, administered by Arkansas State University, is one of 50 state extracurricular networks (SANs) working to promote an expansion of school- and school-related after-school and summer programs serving children and young people aged 5 to 19. AOSN’s mission is to create safe, healthy and rewarding experiences for young people in Arkansas outside of school hours.
For more information about the ESSER III grant funding program, contact the Arkansas Out-of-School Network at (501) 660-1012 or visit https://www.aosn.org.
Press release – AState