ESSER Funds in Your School

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) provided more than $122 billion to schools across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to give schools and school districts added flexibility in recovering from the pandemic. These funds are designed to address a wide range of school needs including, but not limited to, combating the learning loss that occurred across all grade levels.

What can I use ESSER funds for?

According to guidance from the US Department of Education, ESSER funds can be used by schools and school districts to:

  • Addresses the unique needs of low-income children, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, and others;
  • Purchase technologies for educational interactions between students and their classroom instructors;
  • Provide resources to plan and implement summer learning and afterschool programs;
  • Addresses students’ learning loss;
  • Provide mental health services and supports.

For more detailed information, please visit the ESSER page on the US Department of Education website or consult their comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Bookelicious & ESSER

Bookelicious offers a wide range of products and services that address the goals outlined in the ESSER fund guidance and offer teachers and students a fun and unique literacy learning experience.

Address needs of individual schools and districts Addresses the unique needs of low-income children, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, and others Purchase technologies for educational interactions between students and their classroom instructors Provide resources to plan and implement summer learning and afterschool programs Addresses students’ learning loss Provide mental health services and supports
Bookelicious Classroom Platform
Kindness Collection
Spanish Collection
Bilingual Collection
Inclusivity/Flashlight Bundles
Summer Reading Program
Library Refresh
Classroom Library Refresh
Principal’s Clubhouse
Schu Shelf
My First Book Club
Student Assemblies
Professional Development with John Schu
Online Professional Development Events

*Free products and services are in blue.

How we can help

In order to receive ESSER funding, schools and districts must submit a proposal for using the funds to their local school board. The experts at Bookelicious have successfully worked alongside schools and districts around the country to apply for and receive ESSER funding to help address literacy learning loss.

ESSER Funds Success Stories

Library Refresh in (State)
After three years of stagnant libraries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and decreased budgets, classroom libraries in this district were in great need of an update. We worked with the District to apply for and utilize ESSR funds to update libraries with not only great new books but with books that were geared towards the kids’ interests.

SEL Resources in (District)
[District] had a specific budget with ESSR funds for post-COVID social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives. We worked with the district to finalize the ESSR proposal and deliver 22,000 SEL-focused new releases that engage kids from the cover to the final pages in all K-5 district classrooms.

We’d love to help you find the best way to use ESSER funds to create joyful readers in your school. Contact us today to get started building an personalized solution from our comprehensive suite of products and services

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