How the ARPA Stimulus Funds Can Move Us from Crisis to Prevention in SEL

Updated: Mar 26

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Congress acted unprecedentedly for the unprecedented times. Signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will provide $122 billion for state and local education agencies. The newly signed legislation comes with a few more strings than the previous two rounds of stimulus funds, but there is also an increased focus on student wellbeing and social emotional learning.

What’s in the Bill?