Federal grants available for remote learning support

Millions of dollars in federal grant funds are available in Kansas to provide quality education supports for children when schools are in hybrid or remote learning modes.

Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, which is administering these grants, is urging local programs that deliver safe, quality out-of-home care for children, to apply for the grants.

That’s because of the $25 million to $40 million available for these grants, the deadline to apply is Dec. 30. So far, Rooker told the State Board of Education on Tuesday, only about $7 million has been earmarked.

The funding was provided to Kansas through the federal CARES Act, which set the deadline. There have been some movements in Congress to extend the grant application deadline, or provide additional federal stimulus dollars, or both, but nothing has been approved yet.

Under the grant rules, grants can’t be made directly to school districts, but YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Parks and Recreation departments, community learning centers, licensed child-care providers and faith-based organizations could be eligible.

“We are trying to be as inclusive as possible,” Rooker said. For more information and to apply for the grants, go here.

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