Although it has been more than two years since the first school shutdowns prompted by COVID-19, the academic achievement gap and mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic persist.
Disparities in academic achievement have been compounded in low-income regions and in communities of color. If left unaddressed these academic gaps resulting from the pandemic are expected to reduce the future lifetime earnings of youth and further widen racial wealth gaps. To overcome delays in academic and social-emotional development induced by the pandemic, it is more critical than ever to focus on the whole child approach which provides supports the academic, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth. It is essential that young people have high-quality programs focused on developmental supports, such as tutoring and quality out-of-school learning, to address the learning loss and educational inequities created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Georgia legislature has allocated state funds to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services to reduce learning loss for the state of Georgia. Among various strategies to utilizing the funds, United Way of Greater Atlanta (United Way) and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Georgia DFCS) has chosen to strategically focus on reducing learning loss by implementing a statewide competitive grant process. This grant opportunity will support community-based organizations in Georgia who are reducing learning loss through building reading skills, improving math proficiency, supporting school transition, strengthening family engagement, supporting learning acceleration, increasing access to quality out of school time and contextualizing learning.
Please note: the grants are available to organizations serving school-age children.
Learning Loss applications will be accepted from October 3 – October 28 through United Way’s portal. Applicant orientation sessions will be held on October 4, 2022 at 1:30pm and October 5, 2022 at 10am. Prospective applicants can find grant details and the full eligibility criteria here.