Unlocking Children’s Potential by Investing in Adults

We know that children learn through relationships, which is why the Rainin Foundation invests significantly in supporting the adults who love and teach them most. By empowering adults who interact with children daily, we help children be successful in school and life.

We don’t claim to have all the answers—we believe in asking meaningful questions, engaging the best partners, and using evidence-based practices and data. We listen to and collaborate with teachers and families, and we work alongside top thought-leaders and researchers in the field so that we can support the best possible early childhood experiences.

Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for Life

education_overview_two_kids_readingWhen children enter kindergarten with the skills and enthusiasm to learn, they are better prepared to succeed in school and life.

Children learn at home, in the community and through educational experiences. Research shows that there are a set of skills that are strong predictors of later success in school, including:

  • Oral Language and Literacy
  • Cognition and General Knowledge (Math, Science)
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Approaches to Learning

We work to make sure that children in Oakland have the support to develop these skills. Read about these specific skills and our early childhood education and school readiness research.

Reading At or Above Grade Level By Third Grade

The Rainin Foundation has one clear goal when it comes to education in Oakland: for every child to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Today, only one in three children in Oakland reach this milestone, which is one of the most important predictors of high school graduation.

By partnering with parents, educators, community organizations and like-minded funders, we unlock potential in Oakland’s youngest learners, and help them on the path to success. Our grantmaking and hands-on work focus on strategies that foster quality adult-child relationships and everyday literacy rich experiences.

See How We’re Building a Continuous Learning Path


See how we’re working toward our goal of every child in Oakland reading at or above grade level by third grade.


Read about how our partners are embracing SEEDS of Learning and helping Oakland’s kids achieve double-digit gains.