THE CHALLENGE AND LANDSCAPE

Of OUSD’s 3,400 kindergarteners and 600 transitional kindergarteners, only 40 percent enter the District kindergarten-ready. The gap is especially glaring in literacy. Learn more about Oakland’s early learning landscape in this infographic overview from the Packard Foundation. This Glen Price Group report also offers a deeper dive into the resources available for families and service providers.

EVENTS

In partnership with students, families, and like-minded community organizations, we have hosted several events that support early learning and community building. See photos from recent events at Emerson and Martin Luther King Child Development Centers, and from Kids Day at the Shop.”

KINDERGARTEN READINESS

With the generous support of the Hellman Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, OUSD is exploring innovative ways to boost kindergarten readiness for all students, starting with the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Emerson Child Development Centers. Learn more here and here.

EARLY LITERACY

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s investment in the initiative is boosting early literacy in Oakland by putting the right tools in families’ hands, and by giving teachers professional learning opportunities that help kids improve reading skills. Read more here and here (scroll to “Education: Unlocking Potential in Every Oakland Child”).