A new guide written by education and mental health policy experts from the George Washington University presents federal education programs that could fund school-connected universal prevention and social and emotional learning activities.
Federal education funding has often been overlooked by school districts in search of sources of support for prevention. This guide is intended to help districts take advantage of those funds by identifying K-12 grant programs in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that could be used to implement prevention efforts in elementary and secondary schools.
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and the Center on Education Policy, both at the George Washington University, analyzed dozens of federally funded programs administered by ED. This research found 15 specific funded programs that contain either explicit or implicit authority for prevention-related activities. The main sections of this guide describe each of these programs, including their purpose, recent funding levels, entities eligible for funding, and specific provisions in the authorizing legislation, regulations, or program guidance that explicitly or implicitly permit funds to be used for prevention.
In addition to the guide, a revised annotated bibliography of significant research regarding the impacts of universal prevention and social and emotional learning on academic performance, is freely available here.