Local, regional and national efforts of individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, policymakers and policymaking bodies to advocate for kids, spearhead change to address inequities and support opportunities for all children are highlighted.

  • Pickleweed Preschool

    The City of San Rafael provides a federally subsidized preschool program open to 3-5 year old students located in the Canal neighborhood at Pickleweed Community Center. The program serves many children that would not have the opportunity for school preparation who now can enter San Rafael City Schools ready to learn..

  • Community-wide Efforts to Improve Academic Success

    A group of leaders in Marin is exploring a national model to support the drive for academic success for all our children.   In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, STRIVE brought together local leaders to tackle student achievement.   In the four years since the model was launched, indicators of student success have improved across three large public school districts, including high school graduation rates, fourth-grade reading and math scores, and the number of preschool children prepared for kindergarten.   Using a Collective Impact framework, leaders of local organizations, including the heads of influential private and corporate foundations, city government officials, school district representatives, the presidents of universities and community colleges, and the executive directors of education-related nonprofit and advocacy groups, focus on a single set of goals, measured in the same way.  They also created “Student Success Networks” to align efforts and monitor progress.