Through Foundation 65 programming, we aim to affect all kids in all schools by thoughtfully adding and layering programs that complement and build on each other. As a D65 student progresses from Kindergarten to 8th grade, we envision that he/she will benefit from F65 funded programs at multiple stages – particularly at key transition points that are identified through ongoing discussion with District teachers and administrators.
Our funded programs:
- Significantly contribute to decreasing the achievement gap by partnering closely with the district and funding programs that are measurable and have specific outcomes. Students can lose up to three months of reading progress over the summer, but 90% of the struggling readers who participate in Foundation 65’s Summer Reading Program are able to maintain or even increase their reading level, so they begin the school year where they left off, rather than falling further behind. As a result, all students benefit, as the academic level is raised for the entire classroom.
- Address the inequity between schools by providing literacy and arts enrichment for students across the district. The Family Author program has inspired students across district by bringing nationally renowned authors to every school. Students prepare for the visits by exploring the author’s work through art, music, theater and photography. In this way, reading comes to life and becomes more meaningful and relevant for each child.
- Focus on key transitions in students’ academic careers, in particular the transition between preschool and kindergarten. ALL kindergartners, regardless of their skill level, can confidently participate and ultimately benefit from Kindergarten Literacy Education at Play, an innovative program that introduces and reinforces literacy skills through play scenarios. Teachers call it “literacy in action” as children practice using complete sentences, learn practical vocabulary and connect writing to real world situations.
- Place emphasis on family and community involvement in education. The Child Parent Center program provides intensive educational and family support services for pre-K to third grade children in low-income families. Parents commit to at least 2.5 hours per week of parent involvement time by doing a range of activities including, but not limited to, reading to their child, helping with homework, cooking together, volunteering in the classroom, going to the library, attending a PTA meeting, etc. Longitudinal studies have shown that this program substantially improves students’ school readiness, achievement and leads to increased graduation rates, higher salaries and decreased incarceration rates.