Fleishhacker Foundation Donates $10,0000 to Improve In-school and At-home Literacy Instruction
By Chelsea Boniak | May 18, 2023
Generous Grant Empowers Students Through Additional Literacy Instruction and Tools In Scholl and At Home
Children Rising is pleased to once again be the recipient of a generous grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation. The $10,000 grant marks the 14th year of support from the Fleishhacker Foundation to support Children Rising’s one-on-one reading tutoring program, Succeeding by Reading.
We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Fleishhacker Foundation and the profound impact they are making in the lives of eager children in the East Bay.
COVID-19 Recovery: High-Intensity Interventional Reading Tutoring
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in devastating unfinished learning for many Oakland students, especially Black and Latino students. Seventy-four percent (74%) of third-grade children attending the 14 Title 1 schools Children Rising served last year were two or more grade levels behind in their foundational reading skills 90% of those children were Black or Latino.
“Right now, there is a substantially higher risk that many more children in the years ahead will fail in middle school and high school, deepening the social injustice within our community,” says Jim Wambach, executive director of Children Rising. “Without a concerted effort to provide additional support, many children will become discouraged as they miss out on crucial skills needed to become confident, active learners as they move into fourth grade, fifth grade, and middle school.”
Grant Supports High-dosage Tutoring and Family Empowerment
The Fleishhacker Education Grants Program supports Bay Area organizations providing direct K-5 literacy services to students from under-resourced local public schools. Funds from the grant will provide learning supplies and support the onboarding of volunteers in two critical programs during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Children Rising’s evidence-based Succeeding by Reading interventional tutoring program delivers high-dosage tutoring through volunteer tutors to children in Oakland’s most underserved communities at no cost to their families. Children Rising recruits, trains, and supports more than 140 volunteer tutors, including 80 new tutors this school year. One caring adult can make a difference in a child’s life by providing one-on-one math tutoring for a young girl or boy. Funds from the Fleishhacker Foundation provide training, materials, and onboarding for new tutors.
Through the grant, Children Rising will enhance programming to provide higher dosage levels of tutoring to each child in Succeeding by Reading while enabling parents and guardians to provide more confident and enhanced academic support at home.
To complement Succeeding by Reading and accelerate learning, we developed FamilyBridge, an all-new program expanding the educational tools, training, and support for parents and guardians in the program. This is a natural extension of our ability to fill a vital learning gap that is widely acknowledged among educators. Funds from the Fleishhacker Foundation provide home-learning materials for families in the program.
Through the grant, Children Rising will enhance programming to provide higher dosage levels of tutoring to each child in Succeeding by Reading while enabling parents and guardians to provide more confident and enhanced academic support at home. The result of this enhanced learning approach will allow young elementary school students to prepare for more advanced learning in fifth grade, middle school, and beyond, giving them a much more equitable chance of success throughout their school years.
By strengthening the team supporting these amazing children of Oakland—parents, teachers, and tutors—many more children will become active, confident learners and thrive in school instead of dropping out.
Thanks to the Fleishhacker Foundation. We are grateful to once again be part of the Education Grants Program and to work together to empower children and families in our community.
It’s not too late for YOU to be a tutor. Volunteer today, and you will give a child the one-on-one care they need to rise to their God-given potential.