Of 100 Oakland students who start 9th grade together, just 46 will start college, and just 15 will graduate from college within 6 years of enrolling. That disparity starts from the very beginning: just 43% of OUSD students enter “kindergarten ready,” as measured by the Kindergarten Observation Form (KOF), administered by First 5 Alameda in 2015. Specifically, 82% of white students were kindergarten-ready compared to 36% of African American students and 29% of Latinx students. Furthermore, according to a recent Parent Voices study, over 2,200 Oakland families with preschool-aged children are on a waiting list for financial assistance. Most of those families are in underserved areas in East and West Oakland.
Measure AA (The Children’s Initiative) is a key strategy in our movement for educational equity across the Oakland. It is an unprecedented collaboration of city, district, county, philanthropy, non-profits, elected officials, faith leaders, colleges and community members. Learn more at www.oaklandchildrensinitiative.com.