All children deserve high-quality experiences that nurture their curiosity and capacity to learn from the very beginning of life through adulthood, and it is especially critical that effective, wraparound supports are provided to youth facing poverty, systemic racism, immigration threats and other obstacles to learning and educational success.

With an unyielding emphasis on equity, we aim to align and transform California’s early care and education, K-12, and higher education systems to better prepare all kids for college, career, and civic life. We work to ensure children receive high-quality early care and education and enter school ready to learn. We advocate for a K-12 system that provides students with a rigorous academic experience with highly qualified and well trained teachers, in environments that are safe, has the supports they need to succeed, and where students feel connected and are engaged with the community. We also work to increase access to affordable public higher education opportunities for young adults that lead to the successful completion of courses, credentials and degrees.

Our Areas of Work

Early Care and Education

Home Visiting
High-Quality Child Care
Early Learning Workforce Compensation & Training
Preschool & Transitional Kindergarten


Dual Language & English Learners
Education Funding
Academic Outcomes
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Teacher Preparation, Training & Diversity
School Climate & Discipline
Student Attendance
School-Based Health Services
Afterschool & Summer Learning
College Readiness

Higher Education

College Affordability & Student Financial Aid
Postsecondary Readiness & Access
Student Success and Completion
Teacher Training & Credentialing

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