The California Community Foundation will provide more than $7.8 million in funding to 108 student programs through the Los Angeles County Summer Learning Initiative, the organization announced Monday.
The funds will benefit more than 136,000 students in Los Angeles County, including 86,000 students over the next three months, thanks to three major gifts to CFF – $3.3 million from the Ballmer Group, $1.2 million from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and $1 million. from the Murphy Family Fund – which will help provide expanded learning opportunities in the upcoming school year.
The summer learning initiative was first launched in 2020 in response to the pandemic forcing schools and community centers to close. Officials said access to summer learning environments and expanded learning during the school year remains a priority even with the return to in-person learning.
“As we enter the final year of the initiative, the CCF will serve as a funding bridge to provide pandemic recovery support services to regional youth-serving organizations, academic and social welfare programs. nonprofit emotional and recreational programs, as well as local partners, school districts and charter schools,” said CFF President and CEO Antonia Hernández.
Funding recipients include the YMCA of Greater Los Angeles and the Philanthropic Arm of the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
“We are thrilled to partner with the California Community Foundation to help districts build partnerships to expand learning and enrichment opportunities,” said Los Angeles County Schools Superintendent Dr. Debra Duardo.
“Los Angeles County has so many unique resources. With this support, districts, educators, and students will be able to take advantage of all that our region has to offer. I am so grateful to CCF for their investment in education public this summer, and beyond.”