Seeds of Learning Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is leading the funding and implementation of SEEDS of Learning in Oakland. This relationship-based professional development program provides educators, parents and caregivers with strategies to build social, emotional, language and literacy skills in young children, so they are ready to succeed in kindergarten. Less than half of Oakland students enter kindergarten with these skills, so the need for a strong and comprehensive support program is clear.

Investing in the Adults Who Interact with Children Every Day

“What I loved about the SEEDS sessions was that I could put into motion what I had learned immediately.”– Sandra Reyes, Teacher, City of Oakland Head Start
Children learn through relationships, which is why we need to invest in the adults who interact with them. In 2014, the Rainin Foundation launched this evidence based program and since then early educators have learned skills to help 1,800 Oakland students achieve dramatic, double-digit gains towards school readiness.

The chart below shows the percentage of children in our 2016-17 SEEDS classrooms who progressed to be near, at, or above targets for key skills that are predictive of school readiness.

   Oakland Children Flourish in SEEDS Classrooms

Supporting Teachers and Accelerating Progress

The Rainin Foundation will not be satisfied until every Oakland child enters kindergarten with the skills and enthusiasm to learn, and is successfully reading by third grade—one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and life success. In the 2017-18 school year, SEEDS of Learning will continue to more pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten educators.

“I also learned transition songs to guide students’ growth…these transition songs target instruction in the five key areas, while providing a fun and memorable ways for students to practice the skills.”– Kate Sbani, Teacher, Oakland Unified School District
Through SEEDS of Learning:

  • SEEDS coaches support teachers and tutors to provide the highest quality interactions with children, create the environments needed to learn, deliver curricula to develop language and literacy skills, and collect, analyze and act on data.
  • Tutors support teachers with daily classroom routines and give supplemental instruction to children.
  • Parents and caregivers get tips and materials on how to guide their children’s learning in fun and meaningful ways.

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Thank You to our SEEDS of Learning Partners

We’ve achieved incredibly promising results for children because of a committed group of partners. These partners are embracing SEEDS of Learning and helping us to unlock potential in Oakland’s youngest learners:

  • Oakland Unified School District (continued)
    • Franklin Elementary School
    • Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy
    • Garfield Elementary School
    • Glenview Elementary School
    • Greenleaf Elementary School
    • Horace Mann Elementary School
    • La Escuelita Elementary School
    • Lincoln Elementary School
    • Manzanita Community School
    • Mazanita Seed
    • New Highland Academy
    • Parker Elementary School
    • Place @ Prescott
    • Reach Academy
    • Rise Community School
    • Sankofa Academy
  • St. Mary’s Preschool
  • Urban Montessori
  • Vincent Academy
  • YMCA 21st Street

A big thank you to our friends at Tandem and Literacy Lab who make family engagement come to life in each of these classrooms!

The SEEDS of Learning model is based on current research in early childhood education, child development, emergent literacy and effective teaching. Developed by Kate Horst, this program is at work in seven states with over 11,000 children. Learn more on the SEEDS of Learning website.


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