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.
Due to a historical underfunding of schools and the added far-reaching negative economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have heard from schools across the United States who are experiencing deep budget cuts. That is why we are committed to working hard to keep our prices as low as possible for all of our Partner Schools. We understand that despite this, there are times when funding for crucial programs like The Positivity Project can still pose a challenge for some schools.
At a time when social-emotional needs are at an all-time high, schools should not have to consider cutting critical SEL supports. If similar budget constraints remain a concern for your school, we encourage you to dig into the following blog posts for creative suggestions on funding an annual or multi-year P2 Partnership outside your building budget.
COVID-19 Relief Acts
Since March 2020, billions of dollars in COVID-19 Relief funds have been dedicated to K–12 education for the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). ESSER Funds have many allowable uses, including, but not limited to, providing mental health services and supports, including students’ social-emotional needs. Due to a lengthy period of each fund’s availability, COVID-19 Relief funds are an ideal way to pay for a multi-year P2 Partnership. Click on each specific blog post link below to learn more.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides $13.2 billion through ESSER I Funds, approved to settle obligations from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2022 (including the 12-month Tydings Amendment period).
CRRSA of 2021
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 provides $82 billion through ESSER II Funds, approved to settle obligations from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2023 (including the 12-month Tydings Amendment period)
ARP Act of 2021
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides $122 billion through ARP ESSER Funds, approved to settle obligations from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2024 (including the 12-month Tydings Amendment period)
Title IV Grant
Billions of dollars in aid are provided annually through Title IV of the existing Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with the goal of helping to boost learning opportunities for students, including initiatives that promote school safety and mental health resources, such as social-emotional learning (SEL) support.
P2 is currently implemented in over 675 schools in over 20 states. Each state has its own funding opportunities. For example, New York state has a BOCES CoSer that allows districts to receive state aid on P2 registration and related costs. We recommend schools reach out to their specific state Department of Education or county to determine what grants are available to help support SEL and Mental Health resources in schools.
When building budgets don’t have the bandwidth to support SEL curriculum and PD resources, we suggest reaching out to your district leadership about the availability of curriculum and professional development funds to support a P2 Partnership as a valuable SEL and District Provided Professional Development resource.
An annual P2 Partnership includes access to our SEL classroom curriculum – 32 weeks of fully digital, Tier I lessons, differentiated by grade level (PK–12) as well as additional curriculum for middle school and high school electives, Project Based Learning Units, and more! A P2 Partnership also includes our P2 for Families, which provides a crucial home connection resource designed to help drive conversations around the importance of character and positive relationships at home. This resource can also be used at Tier 2 and Tier 3 by social workers and counselors with struggling students. These valuable curriculum resources make using curriculum funds to cover costs of a P2 Partnership a perfect fit.
*Please note: With a P2 Partnership, instead of a typical tiered menu of price options, P2 Partner Schools always have access to 100% of our resources. We consider P2 resources to be “alive,” as we constantly enhance them to meet your needs. That’s because our P2 Partner Schools get the best that we have to offer – as soon as it’s ready.
District Provided Professional Development
A P2 Partnership includes access to 50-minutes of online video modules led by P2 co-founder, Mike Erwin. This includes a facilitator’s guide and everything necessary to conduct an in-house initial staff training in 3 hours or less. Partner Schools also receive unlimited access to our newly created P2 for Educators (P2E). Designed to support ongoing staff development, P2E includes ten sets of slideshows created specifically for Partner School principals to use with their staff. P2E enhances school culture and staff well-being by deliberately engaging all staff members, as adults, on the importance of positive relationships and character strengths in their own lives. We know that a fortunate byproduct of teaching P2 is the internalization of these concepts. However, this suite of resources is intended to broaden your team’s aperture of P2 beyond the classroom walls. For this reason, many of our Partner districts tap into PD funds to offset the cost of a P2 Partnership.
Consider reaching out to one or more of these local organizations for support.
Parent-Teacher groups frequently budget specifically for things that will positively impact all students and their families. A P2 Partnership also includes our P2 for Families, which provides a crucial home connection resource designed to help drive conversations around the importance of character and positive relationships at home. Check with your school’s parent organization to see if they are willing to help defray or cover costs.
Many communities have local businesses and organizations, such as United Way, Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, Police/Sheriff, etc. very willing and excited about supporting their local schools by providing donations and grants to offset costs for programs like P2 that positively impact all students and their families.