Here is just a sample of what we in Marin can do together to reduce the educational achievement gap and assure opportunities for all children to succeed in school to their full potential. These are local solutions that individuals, policymakers and businesses can support and implement.

Call to Action

  • Hold our whole community accountable for progress in closing the academic achievement gap.
  • Work toward universal access to preschool for all 4-year-old children in Marin.
  • Increase the number of 3- and 4-year-olds in high quality preschools with well-trained teachers, and provide children and families support for transition to kindergarten.
  • Support schools to provide an enriched curriculum and academic assistance programs in every school.
  • Ensure that high schools provide a college preparatory curriculum for all students.
  • Support disadvantaged students to aim toward college through scholarships, mentoring and outreach.

Increase the number of 3- and 4-year-olds in high quality preschools with well-trained teachers, and provide children and families support for transitions to kindergarten.

  • Provide pre-K scholarship programs for low-income students.
  • Support summer kindergarten preparation programs.
  • Promote free or low cost Pre-K programs available in every district or community
  • Help parents prepare for transition to kindergarten with peer programs and workshops linked to preschool. Become a parent mentor.
  • Provide quality early care and education for low income families supported through local partnerships and  braided public funds

Ensure that high schools provide a college preparatory curriculum for all students.

  • Advocate for high academic standards in all schools.
  • Support tutoring programs. Become a tutor.

Support local schools to provide an enriched curriculum and academic support programs in every school.

  • Businesses can sponsor afterschool academic achievement and enrichment opportunities
  • Support district education foundations throughout the county sharing resources with lower income districts
  • Sponsor or volunteer in afterschool or summer enrichment programs in low-income neighborhoods and  communities
  • Become a mentor or a volunteer tutor

Endorse and vote for local school bond and tax initiatives that support quality education and safe, equipped environments for learning.

  • Advocate with elected officials for a comprehensive and balanced package of Pre K-12 reforms and investments  that includes an equitable and transparent finance system for all schools; policies that support the recruitment, retention and equitable distribution of high-quality staff; and additional resources to ensure all students succeed and learn in safe, well-equipped instructional settings.

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