OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Challenge Island is Committed to Providing Schools, Districts, and States with High Quality In-School, Afterschool and Summer Programs that Will Help Them Bridge the Covid-19 Learning Gap for Their Students and Begin to Ease the Social-Emotional Toll Children Have Suffered as Result of this Period of Loss and Isolation. Over the Past 18 Years, Challenge Island Has Touched the Lives of Over 1 Million Children in Over 6000 Schools and Community Locations Nationwide. We are Primed and Ready to Give K-8 Students the Fundamental Skills and Experiences they need to Recover, Re-Engage and Relearn While Emerging From this Difficult Time Strong, Hopeful, Positive and Resilient with a Lifelong Love of Learning.
WHAT SCHOOLS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE NEW ESSER II FUNDING FROM THE 2nd CARES ACT (CRRSA)
When Congress Approved the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) in December 2020, it included 4x More Funding for Schools Through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II). The Legislative Language for this 83 Billion Dollar Education Emergency Relief Package Prioritizes Certain Uses for the Funding, With Special Emphasis on Addressing the Needs of Low-Income Students, Students with Disabilities and English Learners. Those Approved Uses Include:
- SUMMER AND SUPPLEMENTAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
- IN-SCHOOL AND SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (ONSITE OR VIRTUAL) TO HELP STUDENTS RECOVER FROM THE LEARNING LOSS AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND ISOLATION THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19
WHY INVESTING ESSER II FUNDS IN CHALLENGE ISLAND PROGRAMMING IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL RECOVERY
Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Challenge Island the World’s #1 STEAM Program while Business Insider ranks us a Top 3 Virtual Program in the USA as vetted By the President of the American Camp Association and the Chief Innovation Officer of the American Association of Educators. From a learning recovery standpoint, Challenge Island’s Award-Winning, Standard-Aligned, Cross-Curricular, Project-Based STEAM Programming is perfectly positioned to gear K-8 kids with the fundamental Academic and 21st Century Skills they need to thrive today and tomorrow. From a social-emotional recovery standpoint, Challenge Island will help students reconnect with their peers, reignite their Love of Learning and escape into whimsical worlds where their creativity and imagination can run free.
CHALLENGE ISLAND IS AS FLEXIBLE AS A PALM TREE! WE CAN BE IN-PERSON, VIRTUAL OR HYBRID
When the winds blow, Challenge Island Palm Trees bend! Home Island is a Top 3 Virtual Program in the USA by Business Insider. Challenge Island partnered with PBS Kids to broadcast weekly virtual STEAM challenges! All of our afterschool, summer and in-school programs can easily shift from face-to-face to virtual to somewhere in between! You can feel confident that whether come sunshine or stormy weather, your students will be able to enjoy the full Challenge Island experience!