AfterWords: March 2009
March 2009
The Learning that begins after the bell
Afterschool News, A Newsletter of the SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool

Extended Learning and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Teacher teaching a group of studentsThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offers tremendous opportunities for the education sector, including afterschool and extended learning programs. Much of the ARRA funding for afterschool programs will come through existing funding streams, such as the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and AmeriCorps. Some ARRA funding offers new, one-time only cash infusions that may also benefit afterschool programs.

The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool is a resource that can help afterschool and extended learning leaders navigate the funds that are available and use them in a way that meets federal guidelines. Included here is an outline of some of the different ARRA funds that are available for afterschool and extended learning programs and how the funds can be used. Visit our extended ARRA page to learn more.

Department of Education

Other Sources of Funding

The Department of Labor: Workforce Investment Act

Stay Updated
For updated information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit the following Web sites:


The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality programs for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities.

Spending ARRA Funds

In all of these funding opportunities, state and local governments, school districts, and nonprofits must remember the four overriding principles of ARRA:

  1. Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs. For example, on March 7, 2009, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that he wanted his department to distribute $44 million within 30 to 45 days. The first round of funding is intended to eliminate teacher layoffs due to state budget shortfalls.
  2. Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform. This principle creates a mandate to improve the education system and to demonstrate how particular programs will lead to improved achievement.
  3. Ensure transparency, reporting, and accountability. In order for many programs to receive a second round of ARRA funding after the initial infusions, they will have to provide receipts, and track and measure results.
  4. Invest one-time ARRA funds thoughtfully to minimize the “funding cliff.” ARRA funds should not be used for projects that cannot be sustained after the ARRA funds are spent.

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Events Calendar
The National Center for Quality Afterschool will offer pre-conference workshops at the conferences listed below. Workshops are funded by the C. S. Mott Foundation. Participants must register for workshops in advance.
April 1–4

National Afterschool Association 2009 Convention
Pre-Conference Session: What Works in Quality Afterschool Programs? (April 1)
Partner Networking Session (April 2)

New Orleans, LA

April 16–17

National Conference on Summer Learning
Pre-Conference Session: Extending Student Learning Beyond the School Day and Year (April 15)
Chicago, IL

April 22–25

BOOST Conference
Pre-Conference Session: What Works in Quality Afterschool Programs? (April 22)
Palm Springs, CA

For more events, visit our calendar.

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