As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress has provided financial support for districts and schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds to address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds offer schools and districts the flexibility to address their critical areas of need as they support their students, educators, and families.


$13 Billion

Schools must spend these funds by September 30, 2022.


$54 Billion

Schools must spend these funds by September 30, 2023.


$122 Billion

For public elementary, middle, and high schools.

$2.7 Billion

For non-public schools

$1 Billion

For Head Start

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 an Intensive Acceleration Program

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Research-Based Literacy Curriculum

Use your ESSER funds on Scholastic’s research-based print and digital resources to build essential reading skills, close gaps and accelerate learning, support independent reading at home, promote family and community engagement, and much more.





Literacy Pro

PreK On My Way

Scholastic Literacy



Classroom Magazines

Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

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Short Reads Digital


Scholar Zone


Take-Home Books

Classroom Books

School Readiness Kits

Professional Learning

Learning Supports

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

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Scholastic is committed to helping you accelerate learning and address the social and emotional impact of the global pandemic this summer and into the next school year.

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