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The Scholastic After School Learning Program can strengthen any after-school, extended-day, preschool, or summer program through its use of:

  • Research-based, differentiated instructional strategies
  • Easy-to-implement teaching resources and high-quality professional development
  • Engaging activities, titles, and online resources
  • Take-home books and family involvement
  • Integrated assessment strategies

Because of its comprehensive features and add-on component possibilities, the Scholastic After School Learning Program meets the requirements of a wide variety of local, state, and federal funding programs. Federal funding includes programs under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The charts below can help you identify funding options that meet your budget needs. Because ESEA is again in the midst of reauthorization, the funding environment has been shifting frequently. Therefore, we have also included website addresses that you can visit to read about the latest federal funding news affecting after-school programs.


Grant Program Criteria* Scholastic After School Learning Program

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Goal: Offer a broad array of enrichment activities outside of the regular school day that can complement a regular academic program and help increase student achievement

  • Provides engaging enrichment activities in the core academic subjects
  • Supports students with different learning styles through print, audio, online, and hands-on activities
  • Offers online homework assistance and 24-hour-a-day virtual library service
  • Delivers small-group and individualized instruction
  • Provides Spanish-language support

Title I – Supplemental Educational Services

Goal: Supplement in-school instruction to raise student achievement for economically disadvantaged students who attend schools in their third year of not making Adequate Yearly Progress.

  • Supplements in-school instruction in the core academic areas
  • Provides individualized and small-group learning through a variety of engaging media and activities
  • Contains resources to help increase the achievement of students with limited English proficiency and students with disabilities
  • Uses effective, research-based strategies

Title I , Part A – Grants to Local Education Agencies to Strengthen Education, Drive Reform, and Improve Results for Students

Funding available under ARRA

Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs

Funding available under ESEA

Goal: Improve teaching and learning to enable children to meet challenging State academic content and performance standards

Uses research-based effective methods and instructional practices to help all students meet State standards through:

  • Easy-to-implement lessons aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Differentiated instruction and leveled books for independent reading practice
  • Read-Aloud Listening Center
  • The After School Fun and Learning Center (online)

Provides an enriched curriculum through:

  • Literacy Fun Packs
  • Summer Take Home Book Packs
  • Online homework center and reference databases
  • Engaging paperbacks, audio books, and activities

Increases the amount and quality of learning time with customizable program for extended school year or day, before- and after-school programs, and summer programs

Provides high-quality and ongoing professional development that aligns with the State's academic standards through:

  • After School Learning Professional Development Training Program, which is a hands-on seminar with best practices, tips on leading group discussions, student assessment techniques, strategies for project-based activities
  • After School Instructor's Professional Bookshelf, which consists of six professional books that work equally well for extended-day teachers as well as para-professionals

Provides parent involvement through Read and Rise and Scholastic Literacy Partnerships add-on programs

Title I – School Improvement Grants

Transformation Model/Turnaround Model

Goal: Increase student achievement and teacher/principal effectiveness in the persistently lowest-achieving Title I or Title I-eligible schools.

  • Offers After School Learning Professional Development Training Program and Professional Bookshelf to develop and increase teacher and school leader effectiveness
  • Provides ongoing mechanisms for family and community engagement through Read and Rise, which is available in English and Spanish, and Scholastic Literacy Partnerships
  • Supports Response to Intervention by providing assessment strategies that inform differentiated instruction, as well as with multiple instructional learning modalities, leveled books, and customizable activities
  • Uses technology supports through the Fun and Learning Center

Title II, Part A – Improving Teacher and Principal Quality

Goal: Raise the academic achievement of students by helping schools and LEAs improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified

  • Provides professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers and paraprofessionals, in one or more of the core academic subjects
  • Provides training to enable teachers and staff to involve parents in their children’s education, including parents of limited English proficient and immigrant children
  • Addresses the needs of students with different learning styles, particularly students with disabilities, students with special needs (including students who are gifted and talented), and students with limited English proficiency
  • Advances teacher understanding of effective instruction strategies that are based on scientifically based research

State Educational Technology Grants

Available under ARRA

Title II, Part D—Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed Tech)

Available under ESEA

Goal: Improve student academic achievement through the use of technology, enhance instruction, and encourage technology through teacher training and curriculum development

The Scholastic After School Learning Program provides the After School Fun and Learning Center, which is a 24-hour-a-day virtual library service powered by Grolier Online. It offers students:

  • Experience in using the mouse, keyboard, search tools, links, and menu bars as they navigate through and explore the site
  • Access to comprehensive reference tools, including dictionaries, atlas, and powerful search tools
  • Two age-appropriate interfaces for students in Grades 2-5 and 5 and up, which has enhanced search capabilities
  • The Homework Hub, which contains animated graphics and interactive links to a variety of reports and activities.

Staff members, students, and students' parents can access the website during the after-school program or from home at any time.

Title III – English Language Acquisition

Goal: Improve the education of limited English proficient (LEP) children and youths by helping them learn English and meet challenging state academic content and achievement standards

  • Develops literacy in the content areas with high-interest materials
  • Increases language fluency as students listen to books read aloud on audiocassettes while they read along in the book
  • Provides leveled books and differentiated instruction
  • Supports Spanish-speaking students through online Spanish-English dictionaries, a Spanish-language encyclopedia, and dual-language Spanish-English books
  • Provides Spanish and English versions of Read and Rise materials
  • Provides English and Spanish interfaces for The Fun and Learning Center

Head Start/Early Head Start

Goal: Promote the school readiness of low-income, preschool-age children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Aligned to Head Start curricula goals, add-on program Read and Rise helps preschool children develop and demonstrate school readiness skills and abilities in the areas of:

  • Language knowledge and skills, including oral language and listening comprehension
  • Literacy knowledge and skills, including phonological awareness, print awareness and skills, and alphabetic knowledge
  • Social and emotional development related to early learning, school success, and social problem solving

Read and Rise provides Spanish and English versions that support families and communities using their own traditions and culture, as well as family literacy services that are of sufficient intensity in terms of hours and duration to make sustainable changes in a family. The program trains facilitators, who then train child care providers or families of preschool children. Take-home libraries, age-appropriate books, corresponding parent activity cards, and other components provide a complete family literacy program.

The Scholastic After School Learning Program also offers paperback books and Big Book Collections appropriate for children in Preschool. Big Book Collections include Teacher Guides, audiocassettes, paperbacks, and Big Books.

Education of Migratory Children

Goal: Provide high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migrant children to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves

  • Provides flexibility with simple, discrete lessons and activities that can be implemented in any order
  • Reinforces the core academic program through a variety of high-interest modalities that promote learning regardless of students' reading abilities
  • Differentiates instruction through leveled books, Spanish-language supports, and customizable lesson plans

McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program Funds

  • Regular appropriation – competitive
  • One-time ARRA appropriation – competitive or formula

Goal: Assist homeless children and youth in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school

  • Provides supplemental instruction that help homeless children and youth reach challenging State content and standards
  • Includes lessons aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Includes research-based instruction
  • Provides developmentally appropriate early childhood education
  • Provides before- and after-school, summer programs, and homework assistance

Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

Goals: Increase student achievement and decrease the dropout rate in rural schools

Provides local education agencies with additional funds to implement programs that qualify for Title I, Part A; Title III, 21st CCLC, and certain other funding programs.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Website

Race to the Top Website

  • Adopt rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high-quality assessments
  • Establish data systems and using data for improvement
  • Increase teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution of effective teachers
  • Turn around the lowest-performing schools

The Scholastic After School Learning Program and its components meet many of the criteria of the federal competitive and formula ARRA funding listed in this chart. Integrated and add-on programs components include:

After School Complete Program:

  • Grades K-2 or Grades 3-5: Paperback books, audio books, lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards, 1 year subscription to The After School Fun & Learning Center
  • Grades 6-8: Paperback books, Playaways, lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards, 1 year subscription to The After School Fun & Learning Center

Instructional Programs for Grades PreK-8

Paperback Book Collections

Teaching Resources

Professional Development Training

Summer Take Home Book Packs

Take Home Books – Literacy Partnerships and Read and Rise

* Please contact your state department of education for applications and information about criteria in your state.


Organization Tools

Connect to federal funding resources that support children and youth in after school programs

State Departments of Education

Link directly to individual State Departments of Education to explore state funding opportunities

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

Explore state and local after-school initiatives and information on the largest federal funding sources

Download ideas for innovating, maintaining, and strengthening your after-school program

The Council for Corporate & School Partnerships: A How-To Guide for School-Business Partnerships

Develop relationships with businesses in your community to help you reach your funding goals

Council on Foundations

Locate information about community foundations in your state by clicking on a convenient map

Learn effective fundraising tips, strategies, and ideas

** The organizations contained in the listings are not to be construed as supported or endorsed by Scholastic Inc.

For more information about any of the Scholastic programs listed in this document and how they meet grant criteria, please contact your Scholastic representative at 800-387-1437.