Just as education expands the mind inside of us, it also expands the horizon in front of us.
The education pipeline begins at birth and continues through all levels of school and right into the workforce. This is where the next generation acquires the tools they need to become the artists, educators, entrepreneurs, scientists and community leaders of tomorrow. Unfortunately, too many are getting lost along the way.
Children who attend a quality preschool score up to 40 percent higher on academic tests, yet less than half of low-income 3- and 4- year olds attend a publicly funded early learning program. As little as 12 percent of today’s high school freshmen will graduate college. Given that a bachelor’s degree results in roughly $1 million in additional lifetime earnings, that’s a tremendous loss for all of us.
Since 2000, CCF has committed $43 million to ensuring a future in which every child has access to quality early education through programs like the Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative. Launched in partnership with the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the initiative brings together parents and nonprofits to advocate for increased access to high-quality preschool for all L.A. children.
Our partnerships with the Ford Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation have extended academic instruction and activities and prepared more than 12,000 LAUSD students for success in college, careers and life.
Together with the College Futures Foundation and other devoted investors throughout the county, we also launched the $15 million Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF). Every year, LASIF provides thousands of low-income L.A. County students with college scholarships.
For more information, visit our education pipeline resource library.
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