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ESSER Funding

Make the Most of Your Funding Dollars

Expand your play and learning environments using your Federal Relief and Stimulus Funds. Playgrounds, outdoor classrooms, fitness spaces and sensory gardens are critical to the learning, health and wellbeing of children. We can help you plan and design an outdoor space that will promote education, play and development in a place designed for children of all ages and abilities.

What are ESSER Funds?

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is a federal program, approved by the Department of Education as part of a COVID-19 aid plan. Focused on everything from keeping schools open to investing in infrastructure, ESSER Funds provide emergency financial assistance for a variety of necessary projects for school districts throughout the country.

Federal emergency aid for public education over the last year has come through three separate acts listed below. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is the main source of funding for public elementary and secondary education under each act.

  • CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, March 2020
  • CRRSA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations) Act, December 2020
  • ARP (American Rescue Plan) Act, March 2021


Learn more about funding opportunities for your childcare or school!


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Play That Moves You®

Play is our passion, our mission and our business and bringing play to communities around the world is driven by our desire to help children develop, communities engage and keep people of all ages and abilities moving outside together. Play That Moves You is our rally cry and our promise to observe, research, innovate and design products and playspaces that inspire and challenge everyone to find the best of themselves through play.

More than 100 years outside!

Outside – the place where we can be together, and apart when needed. The launch point for adventure, a place to learn and grow and, a place that is designed for everyone. We’ve been in the outdoor play, playground, recreation and learning business for more than 100 years and it just keeps getting better.

Purchasing Contracts

Using a Purchasing Contract simplifies the buying process and ensures the design and intent remain the same – serving as a place for your community to gather, grow and thrive. As always, your Burke Representative can help answer any questions you may have!

Burke Built® Quality

Burke’s playgrounds are handcrafted by artisans using high quality materials, including compounded plastics with UV-20 to protect your investment. Burke’s exclusive KoreKonnect® direct-bolt clamp system is the very best in the industry and our EZKonnect® system features a self-leveling platform design for ease of install.