The San Diego Foundation Strategic Plan reflects the belief that access to high-quality, affordable early education is critical to success and fostering equity of opportunity. Research from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress confirms the patterns of learning in preschool are closely linked to later in life achievement. That same research reveals 72% of economically-disadvantaged third graders did not meet literacy standards in San Diego County last year.

As one of the San Diego Foundation’s key philanthropic partners, Dr. Seuss Foundation is on a mission to improve literacy and learning for future generations. Jay Hill, Executive Director of Dr. Seuss Foundation, joined CBS 8’s Laura Cavanaugh to discuss the foundation’s role in equitable education.

Committed to inspiring and educating today’s youth, Dr. Seuss Foundation recently granted $250,000 to early literacy programs as part of an expansion to San Diego Foundation’s Early Childhood Initiative. At Dr. Seuss Foundation, Hill hopes their efforts support children’s lifelong career pursuits – and calls their grant an “investment in the future.”

In total, Dr. Seuss Foundation and San Diego Foundation granted $1.25 million to 21 local nonprofits in June 2022.

Learn more about the San Diego Foundation Early Childhood Initiative.