The San Diego Foundation Announces $13.8 Million to Strengthen Early Childhood Education

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

September 11, 2018 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation and San Diego philanthropist and donor Guy Clum today announced a $13.8 million gift dedicated to strengthening early childhood education opportunities and the health and well-being of the San Diego region.

The multi-year initiative includes $3.8 million in initial grant awards and will expand educational equity and opportunity by giving local children and families greater access to early childhood care and development programs.

According to a 2014 study by Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, more than 38 percent of San Diego children ages 3-5 are not enrolled in preschool or kindergarten and 9,600 children are on a wait list for subsidized care. In addition, according to a Harvard University study, access to care and coordination of services in San Diego remain a challenge, and the cost of child care is a major barrier for many families.

The grants from the Guy C. Clum Fund at The San Diego Foundation will build upon a regional vision that supports both immediate impact initiatives and systems-level change in early education. Grantmaking will support increased funding for early childhood care, tuition subsidies for economically disadvantaged households and other key programs to support children and families.

“A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development,” shared Guy Clum. “By strengthening the systems and opportunities that our children are afforded, my hope is that we can put every San Diegan on a pathway to success and grow a more vibrant region for all.”

Grantmaking will initially support 4 local nonprofit organizations with key initiatives, including:

  • SAY San Diego for the development of a workplace-based early childhood education center that will support more children and families annually, and will serve as a showcase site to advance a broader, regional program with San Diego employers;
  • South Bay Community Services’ Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool for the expansion of classroom space which will help decrease the wait list and provide therapeutic quality education for more children who have experienced traumatic events;
  • Educational Enrichment Systems to fill a severe underfunding gap and provide more than 330 preschool students with high quality education; and,
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership to strengthen local data and research and identify challenges and opportunities of early childhood education in San Diego.

“Income mobility and opportunity can be influenced by early childhood factors, impacting a child’s performance in school and earning potential for a lifetime,” shared Peter Callstrom, President & CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership. “San Diego Workforce Partnership and its Center for Local Income Mobility are pleased to work with The San Diego Foundation toward common goals of expanded access to quality, affordable early childhood education throughout the San Diego region.”

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.

Contacts

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org