– 3:30 pm
Attend this learning session on December 6, 2023. Applications accepted from December 11, 2023 – January 18, 2024
In March 2020, when the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic began, schools rapidly transitioned to remote learning. Unfortunately, this led to a decline in academic and social skill development that has continued to take a toll on our education system. Research shows that remote learning at the height of the pandemic resulted in a significant setback in academic achievement, particularly among Black and Hispanic youth.
Nearly four years later, Georgia students are still recovering from pandemic-induced learning loss. In 2022, Georgia students were still an average of 12 weeks behind in learning, which equates to about one-third of the school year and ongoing research suggests these gaps in learning remain significant.
To address these gaps, it is essential that young people have high-quality programs that offer a whole child approach, which provides supports for youth’s academic, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
The Georgia legislature has allocated state funds to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in amount of $4.7 million to reduce learning loss for the state of Georgia. Among various strategies to utilizing the funds, United Way of Greater Atlanta (United Way) and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Georgia DFCS) has chosen to strategically focus on reducing learning loss by implementing a statewide competitive grant process. This grant opportunity will support community-based organizations who are serving Georgia’s most vulnerable young people.