Grants totaling $ 3.2 million for academic, social and emotional loss of students

Redwood City – San Mateo County announced today that a new wave of grant funding will allow more than 2,500 local students to participate in enrichment programs this summer.

“It’s a big win for a group that, after two years of COVID, really needs to win: students from low-income families,” said Don Horsley, president of the board of supervisors. “These grants provide immediate opportunities for students whose families have typically been severely affected during the pandemic.”

$ 3,217,500 of new grants have been received from the US Federal Rescue Plan, or ARPA, an incentive package to help state and local governments address the challenges posed by the pandemic. At the local level, the Supervisory Board has established support for children and families as a priority of ARPA funding.

In total, Shahristan funds 42 providers who implement 72 programs.

The selected providers were selected to represent all county areas (northern, central, southern, and coastal) and met criteria that included equity consideration, software services, and the ability to offer hands-on learning experiences and other factors.

“In conversations with teachers, early learning providers and after-school program directors, staff heard that many students, especially kindergarteners up to second grade, were lagging behind in developing their social and emotional skills due to separation and distance learning during the pandemic. ”Said County Executive Assistant Peggy Jensen, who is helping to advance pandemic recovery efforts in County.

“When asked what could be done, it was unanimously agreed that summer camps and other activities of the controlled group would be the fastest and the best solution to the problem,” Jensen said.

This topic was voiced by grant recipients.

In addition to summer enrichment, “We can also offer mental health counseling and support during the summer, which is very important for students who have experienced 2 years of pandemic-related problems and injuries,” said Ann Waterman Roy of Ravenswood County School District. .

Shell Cleave, founder of Sea Hugger, a non-profit organization based in Half Moon Bay, said, “During the shutdown period, we developed Camp Sea Hugger to help families struggling with distance learning and work at home. help. It was a huge success and we loved that the kids learned about our coastal ecosystem and how to protect it by being out in the element and through play activities. “

After the selection process, the recipients received the money last week. Other grant recipients include Casa Circulo Cultural Clubs, Peninsula Boys and Girls Clubs, Pacific City, San Francisco 49ers Academy, Live In Peace, Inc. and the Department of Gardens and Recreation of the City of San Francisco, South.

A full list of grant recipients is available on the Shahristan website, and those wishing to enroll can contact the programs directly for more information.

The Board of Supervisors on February 8, 2022 directed ARPA funding for programs and services aimed at helping the most vulnerable residents whose health or finances, or both, have been affected by COVID-19.

The $ 3.2 million in grants is part of a $ 10 million package that also includes funds for economic recovery, housing and other services. See employee reports.

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