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Ensuring Very Young Children Succeed in the Education System:


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.

Brighter Beginnings

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

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.

Oakland Literacy Coalition

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

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

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

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.

Cypress Mandela Training Center

Cypress Mandela 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 Economic Development Alliance

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.

Inner City Advisors

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

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 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.

The Stride Center

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.