Education

Transforming Lives Through Learning

Children and young adults deserve opportunities from cradle to career to reach their full potential. CCF’s education goal is to support and partner with local schools or districts, community-based non-profits, and other public agencies to foster integrated and responsive systems that address the needs of the whole child.

$25 million
awarded in LASIF grants
$38 million
multi-year initiative through R2R
725,474 children
age 0-5 live in L.A. County

An Approach Centered on Equity

As a catalytic partner for regional education grantmaking, advocacy, and community engagement, CCF’s education program strategy builds on the belief that improving learning and educational achievement in Los Angeles County will increase economic productivity and vitality in the region.

 

By centering our focus on equity, and specifically racial equity, we invest in communities that have historically faced discrimination, exclusion or exploitation to ensure they have equitable resources and opportunities for success. 

 

Our goal is to transform education through programs and partnerships that advance coherent and positive development systems for all youth from cradle to career.   

   

Our five strategic priority areas are: 

   

Young Learners – Increase access to high-quality early care and education for children from communities with limited access to affordable and quality care resources.   
 

English Learners – Advance a multi-lingual, multi-cultural public education system that improves the outcomes for English Learners.

 

Resource Equity – Champion equitable funding and resource allocation to K-12 schools and community colleges.   

 

Youth Development – Promote a positive youth development system that utilizes a strengths-based approach to support the development and wellbeing of young people.   

 

Postsecondary – Improve postsecondary access and success for low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students.  

Education Funds & Initiatives

Great futures are grown from the seeds of opportunity. los angeles scholars investment fund Los Angeles County is a world-class hub for higher education. Yet vast gaps in opportunity persist and we are not producing the graduates needed to sustain and grow the livelihood of our region. Only half of all L.A. County students complete […]

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In 2012, CCF launched BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) to help young Black men who are or are at risk of becoming involved the juvenile justice system onto positive paths towards success. By combining mentorship, character development and specially-tailored programming BLOOM helps young men succeed in high school, higher education, and life.

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Quality early care and education (ECE) experiences contribute to children’s success in K-12 and beyond. Yet out of 455,581 children in L.A. County who were income-eligible for publicly funded early care and education programs, approximately one-quarter were enrolled in publicly funded ECE (2019).

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our educational system was plagued by disproportionate racial and ethnic gaps in reading and mathematics proficiency, reflecting larger trends in California and the rest of the U.S. The effects of the pandemic exacerbated learning loss for all students, especially our most vulnerable children.

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The Consortium for English Learner Success is a regional collective championing effective policies, programs, and practices for Dual Language (DLL) and English Learners (ELs). Seed funded by CCF in 2018, the Consortium is composed of nearly 100 civil rights, policy, research, philanthropic, educator and community-based organizations working to strengthen the prosperity of California and Los Angeles County.

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Help Kids Reach Their True Potential

Join with CCF in closing the gaps in the education pipeline and help all of our children to realize their true potential.

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