21st Century Education
In early 2014, the Foundation initiated the 21st Century Education (21cED) program to support low-income and English learner students in attaining a college credential through improved educational quality, equity, and access. SFF’s 21st Century Education grantmaking aspires to align the supply and demand of high-quality schools and stimulates innovation that can positively impact the local education systems in Silicon Valley. Specific areas of focus have included educational leadership, teacher pipeline and development, accountability for school resources and quality, as well as other activities.
While the Foundation typically makes grants in three counties, the 21cED program prioritizes two specific sub-regions that account for a significant concentration of underserved low-income and English Learner students: East San Jose and the mid-peninsula including Redwood City, East Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto. These two sub-regions account for at least 70% of the 75,000 target students identified in the region.