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ED to award $ 5 million to organizations working with families and schools to boost back to school

The US Department of Education has released the 2022 application for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers grant program, which will award $ 5 million to organizations working with educational agencies and state schools to implement programs. family engagement to help improve student outcomes and pandemic recovery.

“It is essential that states and districts work in partnership with parents and families to help address the impacts of the pandemic on children across the country, and that their experiences can help inform the way our schools address school recovery and student needs, ”a Ministry of Education press release said.

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s stated commitment to ensuring that parents and families can help inform their children’s education, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in the American Rescue Plan requires states and school districts to engage with parents on how ESSER funds should be spent. The 2022 grant process marks the program’s second round of funding.

“The voice of parents is essential to the success of our education system. They are our children’s first and most influential teachers, ”said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “The meaningful engagement of parents in schools has never been more important than now as we work together to support our learners during a pandemic. … These new grants will help support the vital role parents and families play in our students’ academic success, mental health needs and the development of essential life skills.

To qualify for the grants, applicants must be state-wide organizations or consortia working with at least one state education agency. Grant funds are to be used to establish statewide Family Engagement Centers that (1) provide parent education and family engagement in education programs, and (2 ) provide comprehensive training and technical assistance to states, districts and schools identified by states and districts, organizations that support family-school partnerships, and other such programs, the education ministry said.

Up to $ 5 million for approximately 5-7 new grants will be awarded, with an estimated grant for the first year of $ 500,000 to $ 1 million per recipient. Recipients will receive funds each year over a five-year period.

Nominations are due by February 17, 2022. Winners will be named and awards awarded by September 2022. Officials from the Elementary and Secondary Education Office of the Ministry of Education will organize several webinars for potential applicants; webinar participants must register in advance. Registration and additional information about the program are available on the ED Statewide Family Engagement Centers website.

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