Hatch's commitment to promoting high-quality early learning opportunities includes supporting administrators to help them understand, identify and navigate education funding. Hatch Early Learning solutions align and meet the requirements of many state and federal funding guidelines.
An Immediate Opportunity to Meet the Needs of Your Students, Families and Community
Hatch Early Learning offers research-backed, early learning solutions designed to engage students while accelerating learning. These solutions are aligned to funding priorities outlined in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Hatch’s flexible solutions meet the needs of every child.
Since 2020, billions of dollars in emergency relief funds have been allocated to PreK-12 education through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). We want to help you take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to improve your programs, classrooms, and communities. Click on a category below to learn more about how Hatch can help you.
Funding Aligned to Hatch Early Learning Solutions
These emergency relief funds are available to help Head Start providers respond to pandemic-related needs of children, educators, and families, including extending programs through the summer, plans for transitioning to full in-person learning, and full enrollment initiatives. Head Start providers are encouraged to use their funding to:
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Increase for Head Start Programs:
President Biden signed Public Law 117-2, the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP), into law on March 11, 2021. The American Rescue Plan includes $1 billion for Head Start programs. All Head Start Partnership grantees are eligible to receive additional funds proportionally based on funded enrollment levels.
The Office of Head Start (OHS) strongly encourages grantees to prioritize additional weeks of Head Start and Early Head Start programming with this funding, through summer programs or as extensions of the program year. Grantees are encouraged to prioritize programs for rising kindergartners, children with disabilities, children experiencing food or housing insecurity, children that were not able to receive any in-person services this year, or other areas determined by community needs. Other uses of funding include, but are not limited to, the following:
Reach More Families through your Partnership with Hatch:
- Enrollment and recruitment: Now is the time to focus on re-enrollment and enrolling new families. Programs can use funds to purchase services, materials, and technology to ramp up recruitment and enrollment efforts so that as a program you able to enroll the eligible children and families in your community.
- Additional weeks of Head Start or Early Head Start programming: Extending the program year or offering summer programming to increase the time children and families receive services.
- Family supports: Addressing families’ economic security by partnering with them on employment, education, and career goals. Investing in the development of partnerships with local community colleges, apprenticeship programs, and local employers committed to help Head Start and Early Head Start families find meaningful employment and career tracks. Assessing families’ nutritional, health, and wellness needs more frequently. Ensuring materials and resources are available in languages families understand.
- Addressing unique needs within their communities, such as providing internet access to support extended learning.
Support Head Start Employees through your partnership with Hatch:
- Planning sessions for staff: Preparing for a return to in-person comprehensive services starts to ensure everyone has the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to operate effectively. This funding can be used to invest in planning sessions to prepare for providing services now and in the summer and fall.
- Professional learning and development for staff: Providing professional learning experiences on key topics such as equity, diversity, inclusion, bias, economic mobility, trauma-skilled practices, and other topics.
ESSER funds are allocated to address the impact of COVID-19 on PreK-12 schools and are provided as formula grants to states based on each state’s share of Title I funds received in the most recent fiscal year. Districts can use their funds toward materials that address learning loss, formative and summative assessments, technology, professional development (PD), summer school activities, and social-emotional learning (SEL) programs.
ESSER III: LEAs must use 20% of their funds to address “learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups.”
Hatch Early Learning empowers education leaders and teachers by addressing student learning recovery and acceleration; and can be used to improve both in-classroom and distance-learning engagement, as well as enhance summer and after-school programs. Our flexible solutions help address the specific needs of all students. Hatch solutions are allowable expenses, and meet the following funding requirements:
Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS)
The CRRSA Act allocates $2.75B of GEER for non-public schools. Each state is required within thirty (30) days of obtaining funds must provide an application to non-public schools to apply for aid. The main concern is for non-publics with an enrollment of low-income students. This precedence will make the application process highly competitive, and not all private institutions will be funded.
EANS funds can be utilized by non-public schools for improvements to ventilation systems, cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment, as well as;
- Introducing and continuing education and support services or assistance for remote, hybrid, or address learning loss.
- Educational technology to support students, educators, and other staff with hybrid or remote learning. (i.e., hardware, software, connectivity, adaptive equipment, and assistive technology.)
- Redeveloping or improving instructional plans, including curriculum development, for remote, hybrid or to address learning loss.
At the discretion of each Governor, the remaining GEER Funds can be distributed to local education agencies (LEAs) or higher education institutions are the beneficiaries.