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MCF Strategic Plan:

Closing the Education Achievement Gap

Student achievement for low-income students and students of color in Marin falls far below the achievement of more advantaged students in the County. The gap in achievement begins at an early age and increases over time, with long-term effects on income, family security, and civic engagement. Fewer than one in five of Marin's African American or Latino high school graduates complete the coursework required to be ready for college or other post-secondary education options. Four public school districts in Marin—San Rafael City Schools, Novato Unified, Sausalito Marin City, and Shoreline Unified—collectively account for 85% of low-income students and 82% of students of color. While each of these districts is applying strategies to address the achievement gap, the general lack of resources, combined with the severity of state budget cuts, is a significant barrier to providing an equitable education to students in need.

Strategy 1: Increase the number of low-income children and children of color who are prepared for academic success in school through an investment in early learning experiences, parent involvement, and extended time spent learning

There is a growing body of evidence that makes the case for an aligned, coordinated pre-kindergarten through third grade system for children's learning and development. MCF is supporting efforts that can result in greater coordination and smoother transitions between grades and that enable students to have the appropriate social, emotional, and academic skills they need to succeed in the next grade.

MCF is also funding efforts to help parents fulfill their roles as a child’s first teacher. Low-income parents often require additional resources or knowledge to support their child's education. In addition, early research shows that incorporating more academic learning opportunities in after-school programs leads to educational benefits for students.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 1 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
CFLeads To support the Chronic Absence Network in Marin. $30,000.00
Marin Child Care Council To support Abriendo Puertas Marin. $22,213.00
Marin Child Care Council To support Abriendo Puertas. $23,500.00
Marin Community Foundation To coordinate Year 2 of the PreK-3 strategy. $67,015.00
Marin Community Foundation To fund consultants for Early Care and Education strategy work. $50,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To help implement the Early Care and Education strategy. $50,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support consulting for the PreK-3 strategy of the Education initiative. $32,640.00
Marin Community Foundation To support PreK grantmaking efforts. $60,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support the design process of the Early Care and Education strategy. $15,000.00
Marin County Office of Education To coordinate Year 2 of the PreK-3 strategy. $299,351.00
Marin County Office of Education To promote early school success. $161,615.00
Marin County Office of Education To support quality-improvement efforts and professional development for early care educators. $30,000.00
Marin County Office of Education To support the coordination of preK-3 collaborative projects in four target districts. $310,000.00
Marin County Office of Education To support the Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Project. $353,072.00
Marin County Office of Education To support Year 2 of the Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Project. $634,518.00
Novato Unified School District To implement Year 2 of PreK-3 action plans. $591,275.00
Novato Unified School District To provide support for planning and design in early childhood education. $60,000.00
Novato Unified School District To support early childhood success. $726,411.00
Novato Unified School District To support implementation of PreK-3 action plans. $485,250.00
Parent Services Project, Inc. To support closing the achievement gap. $306,139.00
Parent Services Project, Inc. To support Mentores Project. $50,000.00
San Rafael City Schools To implement Year 2 of PreK-3 action plan. $900,000.00
San Rafael City Schools To promote early school success for all. $1,087,840.00
San Rafael City Schools To provide support for planning and design in early childhood education. $90,000.00
San Rafael City Schools To support implementation of preK-3 action plans. $691,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To implement Year 2 of PreK-3 action plans. $121,390.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To promote early school success. $127,459.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To provide support for planning and design in early childhood education. $20,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support implementation of preK-3 action plans. $107,900.00
Shoreline Unified School District To implement Year 2 of PreK-3 action plan. $300,000.00
Shoreline Unified School District To provide support for planning and design in early childhood education. $40,000.00
Shoreline Unified School District To support Early School Success for All. $320,000.00
Shoreline Unified School District To support implementation of preK-3 action plans. $212,900.00
Shoreline Unified School District To support National Equity Project. $20,000.00
The University Corporation San Francisco To support facilitation of transfer and degree opportunities in early childhood education between the College of Marin and San Francisco State University. $40,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 1: $8,436,488.00
 

Strategy 2: Increase the number of low-income students and students of color who access post-secondary education ready to succeed through an investment in student preparation, college access, and coordination of providers

A college degree increases the probability of being employed by nearly fifty percent and multiplies expected earning potential. Without sufficient preparation through middle and high school, low-income students and students of color are more likely to need remedial coursework in post-secondary education than other populations and are less likely to pass those courses.

Major barriers to college access include lack of knowledge of college options, application processes, and financial aid alternatives. The Foundation is supporting a range of efforts to better prepare students to graduate from high school, attend college, and succeed once they’re there.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 2 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
10,000 Degrees To support accessing post-secondary education. $1,800,000.00
10,000 Degrees To support accessing post-secondary education. $1,800,000.00
10,000 Degrees To support the College for All program, which provides college awareness and scholarship support to students in targeted districts in Marin. $1,800,000.00
10,000 Degrees To support the College for All program, which provides college awareness and scholarship support to students in targeted districts in Marin. $1,800,000.00
Aim High To support accessing post-secondary education. $90,000.00
Aim High To support accessing post-secondary education. $90,000.00
Aim High To support Marin City programs. $90,000.00
Aim High To support the summer youth program. $90,000.00
Bridge The Gap To support after-school tutoring and extended day programs. $12,500.00
Bridge The Gap To support after-school tutoring. $50,000.00
Bridge The Gap To support after-school tutoring. $50,000.00
Bridge The Gap To support college readiness for middle school students in Sausalito-Marin City. $50,000.00
Canal Alliance To support college readiness for middle and high school students in San Rafael. $150,000.00
Canal Alliance To support the Youth Education & Development Program. $150,000.00
Canal Alliance To support the youth scholarship program. $45,000.00
Canal Alliance To support the youth scholarship program. $180,000.00
College Dream Team Program To support college readiness for high school students in San Rafael . $85,000.00
College Dream Team Program To support college readiness services. $18,750.00
College Dream Team Program To support the College Dream Team Program. $75,000.00
Community Initiatives To support the College Dream Team Program, which provides academic support to students in San Rafael. $50,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To support college readiness for high school students in Marin County. $35,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To support the Corps to College Program. $6,250.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To support the Corps to College Program. $25,000.00
Dominican University of California To support DO STEM - Dominican Outreach STEM Program. $40,000.00
Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement To support college readiness for high school students in Sausalito-Marin City. $50,000.00
Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement To support the Dreamways Programs, which provide academic support to students in Marin City. $12,500.00
Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement To support the Dreamways Programs, which provide academic support to students in Marin City. $50,000.00
Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement To support the Dreamways Programs, which provide academic support to students in Marin City. $50,000.00
Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc. To support Huckleberry Wellness Academy - Marin . $150,000.00
Huckleberry Youth Programs To support the Huckleberry Wellness Academy. $50,000.00
Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc. To support the Huckleberry Wellness Academy. $200,000.00
Huckleberry Youth Programs To support the Huckleberry Wellness Academy. $200,000.00
Marin Academy To support the Crossroads program, which provides academic support to students in San Rafael. $100,000.00
Marin College Access Network To coordinate the Marin College Access Network to increase college readiness and success among under represented students in Marin. $150,000.00
Marin College Access Network To promote college access best practices among a network of providers. $150,000.00
Marin College Access Network To support MarinCAN. $180,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To fund consultants to help create a college readiness network in Marin. $50,000.00
Next Generation Scholars To provide program support. $21,250.00
Next Generation Scholars To provide program support. $85,000.00
Next Generation Scholars To support its college readiness program. $75,000.00
Next Generation Scholars To support Next Generation Scholars. $85,000.00
Novato Youth Center To support college readiness for middle school students in Novato. $60,000.00
Novato Youth Center To support the 1-Up-4 College Program. $12,500.00
Novato Youth Center To support youth programs. $50,000.00
Parent Institute for Quality Education To support college readiness through parent engagement. $12,500.00
Parent Institute for Quality Education To support college readiness. $50,000.00
Parent Institute for Quality Education To support parent engagement in San Rafael and Novato middle and high schools. $75,000.00
Regents of the University of California To support MESA, which provides academic support and enrichment in math and science to middle school students in San Rafael. $80,000.00
Regents of the University of California To support the MESA Field Station. $20,000.00
Regents of the University of California To support the MESA Field Station. $80,000.00
Region IV AVID To support AVID Boost Academy. $25,000.00
Summer Search Foundation To support college readiness for high school students in Novato and Shoreline school districts. $35,000.00
Summer Search Foundation To support the high school program in Marin. $8,750.00
Summer Search Foundation To support the high school program in Marin. $35,000.00
Summer Search Foundation To support the Summer Search Bay Area program, which provides academic support to students in Marin City and West Marin. $25,000.00
Youth Leadership Institute To support College for All Partnership. $150,000.00
Youth Leadership Institute To support planning for the Education Strategic Initiative. $109,000.00
Youth Leadership Institute To support the College for All Partnership. $250,000.00
Youth Leadership Institute To support the College for All Partnership. $56,250.00
Youth Leadership Institute To support the College for All Partnership. $225,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 2: $11,600,250.00
 

Strategy 3: Improve educational outcomes of low-income students and students of color through an investment in the quality of low-performing public schools

Low-income students and students of color generally attend lower performing schools. There are proven, cost-effective models that transform these schools to ones that are either very high achieving or rapidly improving. Strong principal leadership, well supported teachers, involved parents, and a school culture of high expectations that all students will achieve are elements found in quality schools. The Foundation—working closely with local educators—has identified specific schools where we hope to reverse some of these conditions and create models that could be replicated elsewhere in the county and beyond.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 3 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Marin Community Foundation To support consultants working on the school transformation approach. $100,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support school transformation projects. $400,000.00
Novato Unified School District To support planning for school transformation efforts at San Jose Middle School. $50,080.00
Novato Unified School District To support school transformation at Loma Verde Elementary School. $181,831.00
Novato Unified School District To support school transformation at Loma Verde Elementary School. $150,000.00
Novato Unified School District To support school transformation efforts at Loma Verde Elementary School. $181,831.00
San Rafael City Schools To implement Year 2 of school transformation efforts at Davidson Middle School. $187,020.00
San Rafael City Schools To implement Year 2 of school transformation efforts at Davidson Middle School. $175,000.00
San Rafael City Schools To support planning for a school transformation project with Short School and Laurel Dell Elementary School. $51,950.00
San Rafael City Schools To support transforming Davidson Middle School. $190,054.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To develop a vision and strategic priorities for the district. $150,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support educational activities in the Sausalito Marin City School District. $23,054.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support educational activities in the Sausalito Marin City School District. $250,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy transformation project. $20,186.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy transformation project. $390,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support transforming schools. $388,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support Year 2 of school transformation efforts at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy. $485,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 3: $3,374,006.00
 
Total Education Grants: $23,410,744.00