The Ed Fund mobilizes the community through its range of programs, all of which serve K-12 public school students, families and schools in San Francisco with a priority on low-income students, students of color, and English language learners. SFUSD serves approximately 50,000 students, over half of whom are faced with financial challenges and limited access to academic support beyond the classroom. In 2022, new data revealed that SFUSD’s literacy proficiency further dropped during the pandemic, of which students of color were most impacted. Pandemic disruptions deflated already struggling proficiency scores across SFUSD. Now, just over 50% of students are reading-proficient and under 50% of students are math-proficient, with certain middle school outcomes dropping as much as 12% through COVID.
At the Ed Fund, our mission is to mobilize community resources to support all public-school students in San Francisco. We know that this work takes a community, and we work strongly together with ours through Citywide Collaborations and Fiscal Sponsorship opportunities.
The Ed Fund is proud to be the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for initiatives and projects that work to improve outcomes for San Francisco kids. Let us manage your administrative responsibilities, so you can focus on serving children, teachers and families.
The San Francisco Literacy Coalition will transform access to literacy supports, ensuring that 5,000 youths from birth to 5th grade facing poverty and unfinished learning will have access to high quality, proven strategies.
The SF Literacy Coalition’s goal is to ensure that every child is reading and writing at grade level. We want to partner and create a more equitable access to quality literacy supports across SFUSD, focusing on birth through 5th grade students who live at or below poverty, and who are not yet grade-level proficient or meeting their milestones for early literacy. We will prioritize communities with a higher concentration of this population such as the Mission, Visitacion Valley and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Based on SFUSD’s estimates, there are at least 5,000 students who fit this demographic.
The idea of a literacy collaboration started off as a tutoring pilot within the city-wide Summer Together program. For the summer pilot, the SF Ed Fund, the San Francisco Department of Youth, Children & Families, SFUSD, BookNook, and local community-based organizations and families partnered to bring high-impact literacy tutoring to 1,000 students. Students who participated regularly in the summer 2021 tutoring pilot saw a 30% growth in literacy. This kind of impact that only happens through collaboration is inspiring the launch and growth of the SF Literacy Coalition, which now includes all the top literacy providers to scale and serve 5,000 SFUSD learners.
When the providers first came together, the group mapped out their services across San Francisco schools to begin the important work of understanding where they have successfully provided services for students in our focal population and where gaps exist—either in neighborhoods, schools, or age levels. This mapping has been a critical first step in understanding what is needed most as the partners come together to determine the future plan to ensure citywide coverage of literacy supports for priority families. From there, the group designed a shared commitment to continue identifying opportunities to align efforts and best support students collectively as a community.
The SF Literacy Coalition consists of a group of committed, long-standing partners of San Francisco schools and students. Various organizations of the coalition have been serving schools for years if not decades and have trusting relationships with schools, teachers, families, and students. All the partners have proven literacy support programs that have led to student growth.
The literacy partners include:
If you’d like to get involved in the Literacy Coalition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our vision is for San Francisco to become the first city to offer universal access to free tutoring. Why tutoring?
It is a researched-backed intervention approach that can catch students up to two grade levels in one year.
This matters because a student who is reading proficient by 4th grade increases their chances of making it to college by 400%. And that could lead to $1M earning increase in their lifetime.
SFUSD data showed that elementary students experienced lower literacy gains in 2020-21 than expected, which means our youngest students started the 2021 school year academically behind. In summer 2021, we partnered with BookNook to provide 2,000 students with virtual literacy tutoring by professional tutors – and saw what a profound impact this had on students. Our goal for the 2021-22 school year is to serve at least 5,000 and possibly up to 20,000 students via free, high-impact tutoring.
The Ed Fund was proud to collaborate with many organizations throughout the early days of COVID to support San Francisco students. Highlights include:
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October 19, 2023
Join us for an unforgettable evening at the Back to School Gala, the Ed Fund’s biggest fundraising event of the year! We will be joined by local education leaders and community members, all united by a common belief: that every student deserves equitable access to an excellent education.
Secure your sponsorship now. Let’s come together and make a difference in the lives of San Francisco’s students!
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