Our Impact

Thanks to children and youth in our programs, and the dedicated volunteers, partners, and staff, Children Rising is making a generational impact in our East Bay communities.

In Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), the need and urgency for interventional reading and math tutoring is significant. When schools closed their doors due to COVID, the need increased substantially, especially for children of color (primarily Black and Latino) growing up in poverty, and attending neighborhood schools most impacted by educational inequity.

2021 testing indicates that 75% of second-graders living in Oakland’s lowest-income neighborhoods have recently tested two or more grade levels behind in reading and math. When we reach these children prior to third grade, we can substantially advance their reading and math skills, providing them grade-level abilities, increased confidence, and a much fairer chance of learning and growing in elementary school, middle school, high school, and beyond. We are working to close the academic achievement gap in our under-resourced public schools, one child at a time.

Succeeding By Reading

One-on-one tutoring empowers children in their efforts to learn to read, and encourages them with positive role models, library services, and additional books to fuel the love of reading.

Co-developed with OUSD math education specialists, our one-on-one tutoring empowers children struggling with math to develop foundational numeracy skills and enhanced critical reasoning abilities, and encourages them with positive role models.

2020-2021 Succeeding by Reading and Path2Math Highlights Include:

CareerBridge prepares high school students in the most economically disadvantaged areas of Oakland for a meaningful career through business workshops, individual mentorships, and relevant on-the-job experience.

Check out our 2020-21 Impact Report: