In March, states gained access to the first two-thirds of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III funds. In order to access the last one-third of funds, states must submit plans to the U.S. Department of Education, outlining how they plan to spend these funds.
This required planning offers an opportunity for afterschool advocates to tell Iowa policymakers to #FundAfterschool with ARP ESSER III funds. Below, you can access the COVID-19 Before and After School Grants Program Advocacy and Media Toolkit. This toolkit will give you the resources you need to write letters and emails, make phone calls and connect with policymakers on social media.
If you would like to read more about the ARP ESSER III funds, please click here. If you need any support or help with advocacy activities, please send an email to Emilee Harris at email@example.com.