Ranked Nonprofits: Local Early Childhood Education 2010

For every dollar we invest in early childhood education programs, we get nearly $10 back in reduced welfare rolls, fewer health care costs, and less crime. -President Obama
For every dollar we invest in early childhood education programs, we get nearly $10 back in reduced welfare rolls, fewer health care costs, and less crime. -President Obama

The Cause: Proposition 49 (2002) in California led to the creation of 4,000 new after-school programs. These programs were meant to tie academic standards to after school activities, were run by the district or community based organizations, included elements of child development, and were mostly for students K-8 from 3-6pm. As awareness of the summer learning loss among disadvantaged students increased, new programming was created for students in the summer in the hopes of closing the achievement gap. The San Francisco Bay Area is notable for the enormous number of nonprofits working in the education space.

The Scope: Bay Area early childhood education (preschool - 5th grade) experts were asked to recommend nonprofits working on literacy, school readiness, school reform, the achievement gap, human capital, instructional improvement, preschool curriculum, child development, low-performing schools turnarounds, data, standards and assessments, after school programming , summer programming, parental involvement, and more. Types of nonprofits could include research, policy, advocacy, training, traditional nonprofits or community based organizations, the traditional after-school kind of nonprofits/CBOs, or even the public schools themselves. More about the scope of this research at http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/2010/03/16/bay-area-education-x2/

60 Local Early Childhood Education experts recommended the following 6 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2010 Raising A Reader
Raising A Reader’s mission is to engage parents in a routine of daily “book cuddling” with their children from birth to age five to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and early literacy skills critical for school success.
2 Medal-small-2010 Bay Area YMCAs
The National Council of YMCAs of the USA (YMCA of the USA) is the national resource office for the nation's YMCAs. Located in Chicago, with satellite offices across the country, the YMCA of the USA exists to serve YMCAs. America's 2,686 YMCAs serve more than 21 million people each year, uniting men, women and children of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. At the heart of community life across America, mission-driven YMCAs are a place to belong and to live the values that guide and unite our members: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. From cities to suburbs to small towns, YMCAs serve America's children, families and communities by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
3 Medal-small-2010 Kidango
Kidango continuously works to improve our programs and expand our services to fulfill our mission of inspiring children, empowering families and building stronger communities.
4 Medal-small-2010 Jumpstart
Jumpstart's mission is to ensure that all children in American enter school prepared to succeed. Year-round, Jumpstart recruits and trains thousands of college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, helping them to develop the language, literacy, and social skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
5 Medal-small-2010 Reading Partners
Help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
6 Medal-small-2010 Partners in School Innovation
Partners in School Innovation enables public schools in high-poverty Bay Area communities—serving students of color and English Learners—to achieve educational equity through school-based reform.

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