DEEL invests $1 million in K-12 community summer programs to address ongoing effects of COVID-19 on student learning


Bruce Harrell, Mayor

Dwane Chappelle, director


May 31, 2022

Contact: Sage Leibenson,, 206.507.6701

Funding will support academic opportunities, enrichment, and academic and career exploration for historically underserved youth in Seattle

DEEL invests $1 million in K-12 community summer programs to address ongoing effects of COVID-19 on student learning

SEATTLE (May 31) – This week, the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) announced $1 million in grants to improve community summer learning for more than 1,400 young people. For the second year in a row, DEEL’s community investments in summer programs respond to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning by providing greater access to expanded learning opportunities to support success students when classes resume in the fall. The summer programming for this grant includes academic activities, social-emotional learning, enrichment, and academic and professional exploration. All programs will take place between June and September 2022. Investments are funded by the Families, Education, Early Childhood Education and Promise (FEPP) Levy.

“In One Seattle, children need safe spaces to learn, play and grow throughout the year, especially during the summer months. With this investment, the City of Seattle is partnering with organizations who do a great job of supporting our children with mentoring, arts and enrichment experiences to keep them engaged in their learning and excited for the next step in their educational journey on the path to college and careers,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell.

This year, 19 community organizations have been recognized, offering a wide range of opportunities for young people, including reading, writing and math support, STEM activities, art, gardening, university visits and lifelong learning. Workplace. Organizations received prizes ranging from $11,400 to $75,000, with three top DEEL grant recipients. The majority of programs are located in South Seattle neighborhoods.

“Our students and school communities are still feeling the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and periods of remote learning on student achievement and well-being, especially for young people disproportionately impacted by inequality. systems in education,” said DEEL Director Dr Dwane. Chapel. “DEEL’s investment will provide community organizations with funding to enhance learning opportunities that will support student success for our city’s historically underserved youth.

First time grant recipient Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund (MTMF) will host a “Community Connections” program in partnership with FEPP Levy partner Concord International Elementary School. This program will provide South Park youth with culturally relevant arts and crafts projects, STEM activities, cooking classes, dance, music, and academic support focused on social-emotional learning . “Community Connections will enhance and support the social and emotional well-being of our children while creating a safe and fun environment of learning opportunities where children can build self-confidence and promote cultural values ​​and connections,” said said Marvena Kemp, chief executive of the MTMF.

Summer Learning Enhancement Funds complement additional FEPP tax investments for K-12 students this summer, including in-person summer learning programs at our partner schools FEPP Levy School-Based Investment (SBI), academic and career exploration and mentorship programs with DEEL Community Programs Opportunity and Access (O&A) the partners.

The full list of summer learning enhancement fund recipients is listed below:

The mission of the City of Seattle Department of Early Learning and Education is to transform the lives of Seattle children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education.


James C. Tibbs