ESSER Funding

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) is a federal program administered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help elementary and secondary schools across the Nation address the impact of learning loss and social distancing on our students’ mental health. These grants are the first step of a larger effort to secure the resources, expertise, and training that schools need to support their students, educators, and families.


RULER is designed to meet you and your students where you are.

RULER provides:

  • Interactive SEL experiences for PreK-12 students
  • Professional Development for educators
  • The tools to build a community where students, educators, and families can thrive

How much funding is available?

At $189.5 billion, this is the largest grant of federal funding into K-12 public education in history.

What can these funds
be used for?

  • Training & Professional Development
  • Addressing the academic impact of lost instructional time
  • Supporting students’ academic needs, including social, emotional, and mental health.

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How long do you have to use your ESSER Funds?

RULER is a CASEL SELect program.