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Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was established on March 27, 2020, and provided initial funding support for the U.S. education system during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida received $770 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, (ESSER I) funding and $173 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, (GEER I) funding through the CARES Act.

The Florida Department of Education used funds reserved for state-level education activities to support priority areas such as literacy achievement, summer recovery, rapid workforce credentialing, and progress monitoring.

CARES Guidance and Webinars