With the help of EBCF Community Partner Brighter Beginnings, teen parent March graduated high school, got a new job, and is making plans to build success for her son Davian.

Impact: Early Childhood Success

With the help of EBCF Community Partner Brighter Beginnings, teen parent March graduated high school, got a new job, and is making plans to build success for her son Davian.
By kindergarten, a low-income child is likely to be 18 months behind on school readiness measurements. When you start so far behind, it is hard to catch up. Less than half of third graders in many East Bay schools are reading at grade level—a predictor of future success. EBCF invests in programs for children from birth to age 8 to break the “start behind, stay behind” cycle. Our Community Partners and other grantees support positive parenting. They operate quality preschools. They support struggling readers to catch up to their peers. Together we advocate for policies and resources to improve early childhood education programs.

Success Story

Another new mother, Edith—unsure of herself and inexperienced—came to Brighter Beginnings three years ago looking for help with parenting. She learned that playing, talking, and reading with her daughter is the best way to help her child learn. She and her husband got help applying for health insurance. They learned about managing their finances to stretch their limited income and started a savings account. Today Edith feels confident, knowledgeable, and successful as a parent, and her daughter is a thriving 3-year-old.

Powering Parents

Brighter Beginnings and Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County provided in-depth parenting workshops and home visits to families in Richmond, Pittsburg, Antioch, Concord, and Oakland—yielding strong gains on nationally recognized measures of parenting skills and child development.

Ready Learners

Preschoolers served by Kidango centers in Fremont, Union City, and Newark improved in language, literacy, and social-emotional development. Seventy-eight percent of 4-year-olds ended the school year in the top two developmental levels on key school-readiness measures.

One Child At A Time

Oakland elementary students received intensive one-on-one assistance from Reading Partners and Super Stars Literacy to help them accelerate progress toward grade-level reading. Both organizations use data and  hundreds of community volunteers to improve their programs and tailor instruction to individual needs.

Early Education Grants

Community Partners Total Grants: $2.21 Million

Brighter Beginnings

Bring Me A Book Foundation

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa

Oakland Literacy Coalition

Reading Partners

Super Stars Literacy

Other Grantees Total Grants: $2.91 Million

Alameda County Childcare Planning Council


Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN)

Building Blocks for Kids

Children Now

Children’s Fairyland

Contra Costa Child Care Council

Dovetail Learning

Early Childhood Mental Health Program

Early Edge California

East Bay Agency for Children

Faith Network of the East Bay

Family Paths

Girls Inc. of Alameda County

Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay

Jumpstart for Young Children

Junior Center of Art and Science

Lawrence Hall of Science

Lotus Bloom

Next Step Learning Center

Oakland Parents Together

Raising a Reader San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties

Village Community Resource Center

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