Maximize Your ARP Resources

First Book as a Partner in Equity

A National Mission with Local Impact

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 promises an infusion of support that schools and programs desperately need to make strides toward sustained educational equity. First Book can maximize ARP funding for learning recovery, enrichment, high-quality environments to amplify the impact of this investment in low-income communities.

For the past 30 years, First Book has focused on breaking down barriers to quality education by providing its Network of more than 500,000 registered teachers, librarians, after school program leaders, and others serving children in need with millions of free and affordable new, high-quality books, educational resources, and basic needs items. Our system-changing model addresses the whole child, supporting their education, basic needs, and wellness – all of which are essential to educational equity.

5 Ways to Stretch Recovery Budgets Through First Book

  1. Promote learning recovery with new books and art/school supplies.
  2. Create home libraries to support social and emotional wellness.
  3. Ensure sustained impact by connecting every eligible educator with First Book. 
  4. Use First Book Research and Insights to inform your planning.
  5. Demonstrate immediate commitment to equity through book and resource distributions.
The Voice of the Educator
New First Book survey reveals educator priorities for ARP Funding

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act has designated $123 billion to support K-12 schools and billions more for childcare and educational programs, to improve equity for children and families in need.

As we head into a new school year, First Book surveyed its network of educators to identify their priorities for ARP funding to support learning and address community needs. With the most significant investment in our education system designated for improving equity, First Book’s recent report from Research & Insights highlights areas where educators serving Title I schools, and under-resourced programs need the most support. Read the full report.

Webinar: Understanding the ARP Study
Presented by Research & Insights

Click play in the frame to the left or watch our recent webinar on YouTube as it breaks down data and findings from our 2021 American Rescue Plan Funding survey. Learn about the top priority for educators and how it could impact low-income communities. The webinar covers our major takeaways and answers questions from participants as we continue to navigate the pandemic and support our Network.

Stories Made Possible By You

First Book provides educators with brand-new, high-quality books, educational resources, and other essentials needed to help kids learn. Thanks to the support of passionate education advocates, we currently reach millions of children every year and serve more than one out of every four classrooms and programs in need.