A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning Activities

May 2014

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Archived slides from the June 18, 2014 webinar, Funding Social and Emotional Learning and Universal Prevention in Schools, are available for download here.

Participants representing 43 states and the District of Columbia, British Columbia and Puerto Rico were actively engaged in the webinar and asked a number of questions that are answered here.

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.