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The Educational Landscape

2020 was a year like no other, giving way to remote learning and new ways of engaging with students and families. Pre-existing disparities in education were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting disconnects for all educators, but especially those working in Title I classrooms and under-resourced programs. 

Last year, First Book focused on the feedback of our Network, responding with tools and resources they could use to ensure a continued education in spite of the wide cast uncertainty. In 2021, First Book will continue to work with our partners to expand resources focused on mental health support and antibias, anti-racist curriculum.

The Voice of the Educator

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act has designated $123 billion to support K-12 schools and educational programs following the pandemic.

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 post-COVID. 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. Learn more about the American Rescue Plan below and read the full report. 

99% of educators would personally prioritize using ARP funding for books to support the children they serve.

First Book American Rescue Plan Survey, Research & Insights

Educator Priorities for ARP Funding
The voice of our Network

First Book’s survey provides educators of kids in need with a voice, and they have identified their top three priorities for ARP funding. To promote learning enrichment and learning recovery for the children they serve post-COVID, educators need:

  1. Books and learning materials
  2. Student mental health support resources
  3. Additional support staff


First Book's Impact

When schools moved to remote learning, millions of children were essentially locked out of their education. First Book, our network of educators, and our amazing partners have been working to ensure no child falls behind.

Educators in Our Network
5 Million
Children Served Each Year
200 Million
Books & Resources Distributed to Date
Prep Your Classroom for 2021 and Beyond

In a recent First Book survey, very few educators said they felt prepared to manage trauma caused by the pandemic. Explore selected articles for how educators can prep classrooms for 2021 and beyond.