A key path out of poverty is a quality education. Yet too many students in San Francisco, particularly people of color living in low-income communities, do not have the opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in life and in today’s competitive economy.
The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund’s Education Equity program supports efforts to provide all students with a chance to succeed.
The Fund has two primary goals in this work:
- To strengthen early education for San Francisco children in the years from preschool to 3rd grade (PreK-3rd) so all students are performing at grade level;
- To help ensure that more San Francisco students can successfully complete their community college studies.
We believe that local government, educational institutions, parents, students, businesses, foundations and others need to work together so that that everyone has the opportunity to get a quality education from the early years through college.
The Fund is supporting the San Francisco Unified School District and City College of San Francisco as they work to address problems that keep too many students from reaching their full potential. Our grantmaking approach is to invest in important changes to systems, policies and practices inside the school district and City College, while building the partnerships that are needed to improve outcomes for all students.
In addition to our work with the school district and City College, the Fund is supporting three special initiatives that provide learning opportunities that prepare diverse groups of students for success in life.