Education - Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Photo credit: Evan Blaser Photography / Lighthouse Community Public School


The Rainin Foundation envisions a world where all Oakland children succeed regardless of their race, level of income or neighborhood. We focus on early childhood education because these years make a big difference in a child’s life.

Children learn at home, in the community and in the classroom. Empowering the adults who interact with them daily can help children be successful in school and in life. At the heart of our approach are four equity levers that can lead to improved outcomes for children: teaching and learning, support for families and communities, policy advocacy and strategic networks. We ground our work in community wisdom, partnering with families, educators, community organizations and like-minded funders to unlock potential in Oakland’s youngest learners.

Education Program Snapshot

Education Grants

Education grants are by invitation only. Funding supports teachers and families to build relationships that develop children’s language, literacy and social emotional skills so they become confident and joyful learners!

Education News & Stories

A parent watches as an educator works with two young children sitting at a shared desk.
Foundation Awards Over $3.7 Million To Advance Literacy

08/22/2023 | Education

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded over $3.7 million in Education grants to advance equitable literacy solutions in Oakland.

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Experience-Informed Leadership

07/18/2023 | Education

Listening and learning is at the heart of High Expectations’ approach and ongoing success in helping families and school staff partner to support holistic achievement for students.

Three students seated at adjacent desks wear bright blue headphones and engage with their laptops. Their backs face toward the camera.
These Partners Are Bridging The Literacy Gap In Oakland

03/15/2023 | Education

FULCRUM and Ignite! Reading are showing the power of what’s possible when Oakland children get equitable access to evidence-based learning and supports.