Four equity levers are at the heart of the Foundation’s approach to improving outcomes for children from birth to eight years old. When operating together in a learning ecosystem, these high-yielding, equity-focused strategies can create social and educational change.
Centering Community In Decision-Making
The Community Strategy Council, composed of racially and ethnically diverse community members, offered their wisdom and worked alongside Rainin Foundation staff to strengthen our Education Program strategies.
After the immediate success of SEEDS of Learning in transitional kindergarten (TK), we found that to maintain a child’s learning trajectory to third grade, literacy instruction and intervention in kindergarten through second grade (K-2) had to improve. We partnered with Oakland Unified School District, Education for Change Public Schools and Aspire Public Schools to pilot initiatives.