Ensuring Very Young Children Succeed in the Education System:
Bring Me A Book. Ensures easy access to high-quality children’s books and inspires reading aloud to children by providing libraries of books and read-aloud workshops to underserved communities.
Brighter Beginnings. Provides home-based support and center-based services that promote healthy births and the healthy development of babies and young children by partnering with parents, strengthening families, and helping to build strong communities.
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County. Strives to prevent child abuse in Contra Costa County through coordination of services, information sharing, home visiting and public advocacy. The newborn home visit program and parent education programs bring linguistically and culturally appropriate parenting techniques to families in Richmond and Brentwood.
Kidango .Provides quality care and education to more than 2,500 children daily. Child care centers provide full- and part-day programs; before-and-after-school programs; infant, preschool and school-aged programs in a stimulating, multi-lingual, cross-cultural environment; and cognitive, language, physical development, and social-emotional development of children to prepare them for success in school.
Lawrence Hall of Science.Not only a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages, LHS is also a resource for science and mathematics education, including pre-school and early-childhood educators serving children from low-income East Bay families.
Oakland Literacy Coalition. A collaboration of literacy-service providers, foundations, businesses, City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District and other community partners committed to ensuring all Oakland students are reading at a proficient level by the end of third grade.
Reading Partners. Transforms struggling young readers into confident readers excited about learning by focusing on children from low-income communities, one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level, recruiting and training community volunteers to work with children, and partnering with high-need elementary schools to offer free services on the school campus.
Super Stars Literacy. Works with children in kindergarten through second grade who exhibit significant delays in reading acquisition or reading-skills development and are consequently at serious risk of school failure. Builds literacy skills, cognitive competency, and emotional resiliency in students as protective factors against anti-social and violent behavior.
Advancing Economic Opportunity for Adults & Families in Need:
The Bread Project. Empowers individuals who have barriers to employment on a path to self-sufficiency through on-the-job training in social enterprises and through assistance for employment in the food industry.
Community Housing Development Corporation. Provides low-and-moderate-income individuals and families in Richmond with affordable housing opportunities, education and counseling related to financial fitness, credit repair, first-time home buying help, down-payment assistance, and foreclosure intervention.
Cypress Mandela, Inc. Training Center. Offers pre-apprenticeship construction trades training and certification program for men and women aimed at promoting positive life changes. Provides multi-trade expertise and prepares students for skilled-trades jobs relevant to today’s construction industry.
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. Provides low-and-moderate-income individuals and families with financial education and counseling, affordable housing, retail facilities, and employment opportunities in facilities maintenance.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance. A public/private partnership serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties aimed at establishing the East Bay as a world-recognized location to attract new businesses, retain and grow current businesses, attract capital, and create quality jobs for local residents.
East Oakland Youth Development Center. Serves low-and-moderate-income k-12 youth and young adults with academic assistance, job training and placement, and help in building leadership skills.
First Place for Youth. Serves current and former foster youth with housing, intensive case management, academic support, job preparation, career counseling, on-the-job training and job-placement support.
Inner City Advisors. Serves low-and-moderate-income inner-city neighborhoods with pro-bono services related to starting and growing small businesses in order to create quality jobs for local residents.
Opportunity Junction. Helps low-income adults gain skills and confidence to support themselves and their families through job training and placement in administrative careers.
Rubicon Programs. Rubicon’s Economic Empowerment division provides comprehensive, integrated services that help very low-income, homeless, and formerly incarcerated residents of Alameda and west Contra Costa Counties overcome barriers to financial independence by providing tools and support to obtain career-oriented, living-wage employment.
Self-Help Economic Development, Inc. Provides low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Oakland, Antioch and surrounding areas with financial services, including mortgage lending.
Solar Richmond. Provides solar installation training to Richmond residents and to youth in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland with the aim of connecting graduates to family-supporting green-collar career jobs.
The Stride Center. Empowers men and women facing barriers to employment to achieve well-rounded careers in information technology by providing comprehensive resources, including job-skills training, credentials assistance, career coaching, work experience, and job placement assistance.