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Thank You, Community of Learners

Thank You, Community of Learners

Explore the series "Stories of Gratitude" about the people who inspire our work. We are grateful for what is possible when a school community comes together to support children and families. What are three words you’d use to describe the Allendale school community? ...

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Allendale School: A Community Perspective

Allendale School: A Community Perspective

Guest Blog by Gary Yee, Former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District On a recent visit to Allendale School, in the heart of East Oakland, I was struck by the visible presence of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s investments in infant, preschool and...

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Opportunity for Places of Worship

Opportunity for Places of Worship

Faith leaders, are you passionate about young children succeeding in Oakland? So are we! The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, in collaboration with Literacy Lab, would like to partner with places of worship, any denomination serving in Oakland, to engage their communities...

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Huge Leaps for Oakland’s Youngest Learners

Huge Leaps for Oakland’s Youngest Learners

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is so proud to partner with incredibly committed teachers and leaders who are making learning fun and positive, sparking curiosity, and helping Oakland children make amazing leaps in learning. For the past two school years, students whose...

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A New Survey Upends Assumptions

A New Survey Upends Assumptions

The Rainin Foundation has partnered with NORC at the University of Chicago to better understand how we can support the dreams Oakland families have for their children. New America, a think tank that focuses on policy issues, wrote a story about our most recent...

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Connecting Research to Our Daily Work with Children

Connecting Research to Our Daily Work with Children

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation invests in research to ensure that Oakland families and teachers are receiving “best in field” resources to help children be enthusiastic and skillful learners. Last year, we asked NORC at the University of Chicago to help us answer three...

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Honored with a Blooming Hero Award

Honored with a Blooming Hero Award

Our education partners at Lotus Bloom recognized the Rainin Foundation's work with a Blooming Hero Award during their "Around the World" celebration. Lotus Bloom is a multicultural organization providing creative on- and off-site programs that bring Oakland parents...

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When Early Literacy is Fun and Games

When Early Literacy is Fun and Games

The Rainin Foundation recently launched the pilot year of a grant opportunity for faith leaders at places of worship who, like us, want to support language and literacy development for Oakland’s youngest learners, children from birth to 5 years old. Over the past...

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