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Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“Do or do not. There is no try.”


Greetings to you!

This Buzz focuses primarily on recent FAQs and government funding sources available to guide how we return to school, reopen early childhood programs, provide child care, and undertake other child-benefiting endeavors.

Coming back from the pandemic is no small feat, especially while still battling new outbreaks. Yet both give us a unique opportunity to learn from what we’ve lost and use what we’ve learned to tackle current challenges in wiser, more equitable ways. May these resources give you and yours valuable perspective on how we might do just that.

Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team


SAVE the Date! July 23 @ Noon-1:30 Eastern

Webinar | The ABCs of Anti-Racist Early Intervention
Date and Time| July 23 (Friday), 12:00 pm – 1:30 Eastern Daylight Time
Hosts| The ECTA Center and the Division for Early Childhood
Topic: Disrupting the pervasive inequities of early childhood systems
Register here.


Guidances and FAQs of Note

The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America’s Students
This June 2021 report responds to Executive Order 14000 (January 2021), which directed the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education to “deliver a report … on the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on students in elementary, secondary, and higher education.” This 61-page report is the result. The story that came into view during OCR’s review prompts the report’s 11 observations about how widely—and inequitably—the pandemic appears to have impacted America’s students during this time.

FAQ on the ESSER Fund
The Department’s recent guidance answers frequently asked questions about how funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund may be used in response to the impact of the pandemic on children, including young children and children with disabilities.

Guidance for Child Care
The Office of Child Care’s 18-page document provides an overview and guidance on the use of funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act. It’s designed to help states, territories, and tribes understand the specific requirements included in the ARP Act to identify opportunities to leverage ARP resources to build a better child care system and help more families afford child care.


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