Funding P2: Alternative Options

By Melissa Killingbeck

We believe that every student deserves to learn about the importance of character and relationships in their lives. These are the fundamental, lifelong skills that allow us to overcome life’s inevitable adversities and students need them now more than ever. As a former P2 elementary principal, I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the powerful impact this organization has made in our young people’s lives.  

We pride ourselves on providing world-class support to 670+ Partner Schools and 67k+ educators — and high-quality fully-digital P2 resources that include 400+ slide presentations and 1,000+ curated videos that impact the lives of over 394k+ students nationwide. 

Our Pre-K-12 digital curriculum meets schools’ virtual learning needs, is a Tier 1 SEL support, provides 3 hours of staff professional development through an online training course — and connects learning to students’ homes through the digital P2 for Families.

We work really hard to keep our prices as low as possible for all of our schools.  With that said, many of our Partner Schools with similar financial considerations have had success with alternate funding options, such as:

  • Title IV Grant- As part of a massive new spending bill, lawmakers are providing billions of dollars in aid through Title IV of the existing Every Student Succeeds Act to help boost safe and healthy learning opportunities for students, including initiatives that promote school safety and mental-health resources, such as SEL support (click here for more information).
  • CARES Act- Within this $2 trillion legislation, Congress has dedicated $13.2 billion of these funds for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund), to help K-12 schools throughout the U.S. prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of COVID-19, including supporting the social-emotional needs of students (click here for more information).
  • District Curriculum Funds – A P2 Partnership includes access to our fully digital Tier I SEL curriculum differentiated by grade level (Pre K-12), 32-week strategy, and staff PD training resources. Talk to your district’s curriculum coordinator about the availability of curriculum funds to support this important SEL resource.
  • Local Support- Many communities have local businesses or organizations, such as United Way, Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, etc. who are very willing to support their local schools by providing donations to offset costs for programs like P2 that positively impact all students and their families. Consider reaching out to one or more of these organizations for financial support.
  • Professional Development FundsA P2 partnership includes an online training video and facilitator guide to lead professional development.
  • Parent/Teacher Organizations- PTO/PTA organizations frequently budget specifically for things that will positively impact all students and their families. Check with your school’s parent organization to see if they are willing to help defray costs. With most school activities ending abruptly in March of this year, many parent organizations may have unused funds they would be willing to redirect.

The Positivity Project is happy to work with you to extend payment terms while you await approval of your  Title I, Title IV, CARES Act, or any other grant application. That way, you can get started with P2 implementation before needing to pay.

We want to do everything we can to support our Partner Schools, so we pledge to make every effort to ensure there is a spot for you.  We are looking forward to a great school year no matter if the learning is in-person, virtual, or hybrid.



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Melissa Killingbeck
P2 Curriculum Manager

Melissa Killingbeck is the Curriculum Manager for The Positivity Project and ensures our resources are at their highest quality. Melissa earned her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in elementary education and holds a Master's in Education with certification in K-12 administration. Before joining the P2 team, Melissa was a successful P2 Partner School principal in Flushing, Michigan, where she worked for 25 years as a teacher, instructional coach, and principal. After retiring from public education in 2019, Melissa relocated to northern Michigan with her husband Casey and their Silver Lab, Tank. When not knee-deep in P2 resources, Melissa can be found rockhounding along a lakeshore, enjoying a boat ride with Casey and Tank, or "downstate" visiting their two grown children.