Early Education Success

PreK-3 in the San Francisco Unified School District

Research has shown that students performing at grade level in reading and math by third grade have a better chance of academic success as their school years continue.

In San Francisco, early academic tests show that students from low-income communities already are falling behind by second grade. To close this achievement gap, the San Francisco Unified School District’s strategic plan identifies two crucial goals: 1) getting children ready for kindergarten; and 2) achieving student proficiency in reading and math by the end of third grade.

The Haas, Jr. Fund is supporting the school district to achieve these goals through the following activities:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of the school district’s PreK-3rd plan, which unites preschools and elementary schools in providing a continuum of rigorous, high-quality curriculum and instruction. We are working with Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis to implement common assessments to measure student success in this work.
  • Strengthening the school district’s capacity to implement its strategic plan to close the student achievement gap from preschool to high school graduation and beyond to college completion. This work, which is being done in collaboration with the San Francisco School Alliance, includes working with the district to align priority initiatives, redesign organizational structures and shift work cultures.
  • Helping to develop partnerships linking the City, the school district and the community to achieve greater collective impact and to build broad public support for student success. These efforts will focus on such priorities as community-based early literacy, parent engagement and out-of-school learning that supports young children to read by third grade.

Grantmaking for this area of work is currently by invitation only.


Closing the Achievement Gap

By creating opportunities for the most vulnerable students in our communities, we can close the achievement gap and increase the chances for success in life.