$13.8 Million Gift Will Strengthen Early Childhood Education in San Diego

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The San Diego Foundation offices in Liberty Station.

The San Diego Foundation and local philanthropist Guy Clum announced a $13.8 million gift to strengthen early childhood education opportunities in the San Diego region.

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The multi-year initiative includes $3.8 million in initial grant awards and will expand educational equity and opportunity by giving local children and families greater access to early childhood care and development programs.

According to a 2014 study by Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, more than 38 percent of San Diego children aged 3-5 are not enrolled in preschool or kindergarten and 9,600 children are on a wait list for subsidized care.

“A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development,” said Clum on Monday. “By strengthening the systems and opportunities that our children are afforded, my hope is that we can put every San Diegan on a pathway to success and grow a more vibrant region for all.”

The grants from the Guy C. Clum Fund at The San Diego Foundation will initially support programs at four local nonprofit organizations: SAY San Diego, South Bay Community Services’ Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool, Educational Enrichment Systems and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

The San Diego Foundation has facilitated more than $1 billion in charitable grants over the past 40 years.

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