The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative (“The Collaborative”) is a professional learning community that brings together relevant stakeholders to help states use more than $1.2 billion of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to build evidence-based summer programs that address the lost instructional and extracurricular time students may have experienced as a result of the pandemic, especially underserved students and those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Collaborative will support states and school districts to:

  • Use ARP resources – including the 1 percent of State funds reserved for summer learning and enrichment and the 20 percent of LEA funds dedicated to addressing the impacts of interrupted instruction – to effectively address the summer learning and enrichment needs of students, especially underserved students and those disproportionately affected by the pandemic;
  • Identify and implement evidence-based summer learning and enrichment strategies that address students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic development;
  • Build partnerships across states, districts, philanthropy, and non-profit partners, bringing together diverse stakeholders to create and sustain successful programs together.

Every state, territory, commonwealth, and the District of Columbia were invited join the Collaborative and over 50 have since committed to participating. Those participating states are encouraged to build teams of partners, including school district leaders, community-based organizations, philanthropy, nonprofits, parents and families, and other key summer learning and enrichment stakeholders to work together to plan, fund, and execute summer learning and enrichment opportunities that engage families and students in culturally responsive, inclusive, and exciting ways.

The Collaborative is launching in April 2021 and will continue through the Summer. Check back here for more information about Collaborative events, opportunities to connect to partners, and evidence-based resources to support your work

National Convening, April 26 & 27, 2021

The Collaborative provides a hub for coalitions across the nation to build knowledge, share resources and practices, and work together to maximize opportunities for students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally this summer and beyond. 

The U.S. Department of Education launched the Collaborative with its first National Convening on April 26 and 27, 2021. The National Convening featured an array of education stakeholder perspectives from across the country, including governors, chief state school officers, local and school leaders, educators, community partners, and other stakeholders joining in the conversation around planning and implementation of strong summer learning and enrichment programs for students most impacted by the pandemic. 

Approximately 1,000 participants representing 53 states, outlying areas and territories and 271 Nonprofit and community-based partners participated over the two-day event.

The convening included sessions on forming state-level coalitions; using evidence to inform summer programs; and using federal funds to promote equity through summer enrichment opportunities that support social, emotional, and academic development. 

You can find meeting materials, including a detailed meeting agenda, and session recordings, below, and explore resources shared at the convening in our resource libraries on this page.

The recordings from the National Convening will be available on this page in the near future.

  • SLEC day one agenda

    Agenda for National Convening

  • SLEC National Convening Day 1 Recording

    Recording on National Convening of the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative

    This is the recording of the convening that occurred on April 26 to launch the collaborative.

    View the Recording

National Partners

The Collaborative is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education, the Comprehensive Center Network, and national partners representing states, local school systems, educators, community-based organizations and partners. 

Contributing partners include the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, AASA: The School Superintendents Association, the Council of the Great City Schools, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the National Rural Education Association, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, the National Summer Learning Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, StriveTogether, the Wallace Foundation, the Education Trust, and the RAND Corporation, among others.