Use stimulus funding to drive transformation.
Learn about ESSER I, II, and III funding (or CARES, CRRSA, and ARP), and how to use these funds to help with learning recovery and acceleration. Districts have significant flexibility in how to use the ESSER money, with ESSER II and III specifying that some of the funds should be used to address unfinished learning.
Given the enormous influx of resources flowing into K-12, now is the time to drive important, sustainable change in your district. All Amplify programs and services meet the criteria for the funding, and our early literacy suite can be particularly helpful in driving reading growth in grades K-5.
Where to start: Watch our stimulus funding overview.
Julia Gonzales, vice president of government relations at Amplify, walks you through what you need to know about federal stimulus funding.
Five fast facts
Here are the essential facts you need to know about the latest stimulus funding, also known as ESSER III or the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
- A large amount of money is coming to schools and districts. ESSER III provides more money to K–12 education than any other stimulus bill: $122 billion. These funds come on top of the $67 billion from ESSER I and II.
- Schools and districts have a lot of leeway in how to use the money. ESSER III funds may be used to propel your vision of teaching and learning post-pandemic, so try to think about both short-term needs and your longer term ambitions for the district.
- At least 20 percent must be used to address unfinished learning. For example, schools and districts can use the funding to bolster the strength of in-school core instruction, differentiated practice, and intervention, as well as for summer learning, after school, and extended day activities.
- The money is available now. Act quickly! Schools and districts can access ESSER III stimulus funds right now, and districts are moving very fast to spend these dollars. The deadlines are around the corner: All ESSER III funds must be assigned to a spending category by September 30, 2024, and paid to vendors four months after that.
- It’s okay to keep using products and services you’ve purchased. As long as funds are assigned to spending categories and paid to vendors by each fund’s deadlines—and the purchases are allowable uses—it’s okay to keep using products and services after those dates.
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Amplify is an allowable expense.
See how spending categories for ESSER III (ARP), ESSER II (CRRSA), and ESSER I (CARES) specifically align with Amplify programs and trainings. Download our chart of allowable uses.Download PDF
Amplify programs align to stimulus priorities.
Amplify can help accelerate literacy learning for all students with an early literacy suite that includes Amplify CKLA, Boost Reading, mCLASS®, and mCLASS Intervention, as well as professional learning and coaching. Each of our research-based literacy programs can be added to an existing literacy system at a district, and they can also be used all together as an integrated suite.Download fact sheet
|ESSER I (CARES)||ESSER II (CRRSA)||ESSER III (ARP)|
|Signed into law||March 2020||December 2020||March 2021|
|Total education funds||$30.7 billion||$82 billion||$170 billion|
|Total K-12 funds||$13.2 billion||$54 billion||$122 billion|
Funds must be assigned to a spending category.
|March 13, 2020–
September 30, 2022
|March 13, 2020–
September 30, 2023
|March 13, 2020–
September 30, 2024
When vendors must be paid for the work contracted.
|April 1, 2024||February 1, 2024||February 1, 2025|
For more information about deadlines and rules, please see the US DOE guidance.