As part of the federal stimulus laws passed by Congress, financial support is available to districts and schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds. These funds offer schools and districts the flexibility to address their critical areas of need as they support their students, educators, and families.

Use your ESSER funds to make a difference immediately by:

  • Replenishing classroom libraries with new culturally responsive books that incorporate social-emotional themes
  • Helping children build their home libraries with take-home books and family resources
  • Building your summer or extended learning program to focus on the most critical areas of need—closing gaps, accelerating learning, and addressing trauma

As you develop your long-term plans, your ESSER funds can support:

  • Reengaging teachers in their important role of instruction, building relationships with students, and so much more
  • Assessing students in person or remotely for a true picture of their needs
  • Ensuring that your curriculum resources foster acceleration for all students
  • Helping students understand their world and their place in it
  • Connecting with families who have played an increasingly integral role in their children’s day-to-day education

Supporting the Needs of All Students

Consider how you will invest your ESSER funds to provide support for:

All Students

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Students Who Need Additional Support

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Students Who Need Intensive Support

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What Can I Use My Funds For?

You can use your ESSER funds on any of the research-based print and digital resources below. This handy grid will help you determine which programs best support your instructional needs.


Provides school leaders with resources to address the needs of their individual schools

Addresses the unique needs of low-income children, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, and others

Includes technologies for educational interactions between students and their classroom instructors

Offers resources to plan and implement summer learning and afterschool programs

Addresses students' learning loss

Provides mental health services
and supports

How Much Funding Is Available?

Obligate by Sept. 30, 2022

$13 Billion



Obligate by Sept. 30, 2023

$54 Billion



$2.7 Billion

For non-public schools

Schools must obligate these funds by 2024. The American Rescue Plan requires school districts to use not less than 20% of their share of ARP ESSER III funds to address “learning loss.”

$122 Billion


$2.7 Billion

For non-public schools

$3 Billion


$1 Billion

For Head Start

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