LA County Summer Learning Initiative

In March 2020, K-12 schools in Los Angeles County had to quickly transition 70,000 teachers and 1.5 million students and their families to online platforms for distance learning.  This immediate disruption to traditional school operations exacerbated long-time gaps in educational opportunities and access along racial and socioeconomic lines for the County’s young people.

Given the extended physical closures of schools and youth-serving community centers, there is an ongoing need for responsive summertime learning environments to mitigate learning loss and to address the social-emotional needs of youth who were facing social-isolation and disruption in their lives due to the pandemic.

In response, the California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the LA County Summer Learning Initiative in 2020, and has now extended the effort into 2021. This year, 123 summer programs will receive $7.4 million in grants, reaching more than 62,000 students across Los Angeles County.

See all the 2021 Summer Learning Initiative grantees >

This investment in summer programs is made possible through the generosity of several partner foundations and donors including the Ballmer Group, Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Silver Giving Fund, Stuart Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.

For more information on how to support high quality summer enrichment and learning this summer and beyond, please see links below or contact Erin Limlingan, Donor Relations Officer at  elimlingan [@] calfund [.] org or 213-452-6285.

Nonprofit organizations seeking to learn more about funding opportunities through CCF may visit the Open Grants page or contact youthdevelopment [@] calfund [.] org.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click here.

You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA County Summer Learning Initiative. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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