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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)

Seamless Summer Option Meals and Safety Resources During COVID-19 

​Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund

Previously Released CARES Act Information

  • April 30: DESE team members submitted the final U.S. Department of Education (USED) paperwork necessary to receive the 208 million dollars Missouri is getting from the ESSER Fund.
  • April 23: A letter today from the USED expressed an understanding that students and educators are facing significant disruptions and obstacles as a result of COVID-19. Your efforts are critical to ensuring that learning continues for all students. To support those efforts, USED is making available $208,443,300 for Missouri.
  • April 13: DESE received confirmation that Missouri will receive $208 million from the CARES ACT to help K-12 schools respond to coronavirus-related needs. K-12 funds will be distributed through federal Title I allocations. These dollars can help Missouri schools address the digital divide and remote teaching and learning challenges presented by COVID-19.
  • April 9: DESE issued initial CARES Act guidance regarding the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. 
  • April 6: DESE applied for and received approval for a federal waiver under the CARES Act to allow our agency and local education agencies to better respond to emerging issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.​ See Administrative Memo QS-20-004 ​

Contact Information

Kim Oligschlaeger, Coordinator
Kelly Kempker, Assistant Director 

Phone: (573) 751-2641
E-Mail: FederalFinancial@dese.mo.gov

Federal Programs Staff (Non-public Questions)
Julia Cowell, Director of Federal Programs
(573) 751-8289

Theresa Villmer, State Ombudsman for Equitable Services
(573) 526-4365