Education

OCF's education programs, partnerships and initiatives focus on early childhood, K-12 and access to postsecondary education and training where investments make the most impact.

OCF has delivered three decades of proactive education investments and program development, along with advocacy, research and strategic partnerships.

Research and experience demonstrate where low-income families, communities of color and rural areas lack opportunities to advance – at home and at school. We are committed to addressing this opportunity gap, with a goal of increasing public and private investment in early childhood education and family supports.

  • Parenting Education

    Parents are their children's first and most important teachers, and all parents can benefit from information and support. OCF invests in programs that strengthen, expand and deliver community-based parenting education services.

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  • Prenatal Through Third Grade (P-3) Alignment

    Creating connections for Oregon school districts to build relationships with early childhood programs and families of young children.

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  • Arts Education

    OCF supports efforts to engage students in art — whether through dance, music, theater or the visual arts — to support the development of cognitive, social and personal competencies.

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  • Early Childhood Workforce Training

    Supporting professional development of the early care and learning workforce with Betty Gray Scholarships for education and training.

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  • Out-of-School Time Initiative

    Bolstering student attendance and academic success among Oregon’s middle school students of color and rural and low-income students.

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  • Chalkboard Project

    The Chalkboard Project is a multi-year collaborative initiative of OCF and four other Oregon foundations, focusing on improving K-12 education outcomes through advancing teacher and leader effectiveness.

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  • Black Student Success

    Through this new initiative, OCF works alongside community leaders throughout the state to help build capacity and leadership, and to scale proven models that improve outcomes for Oregon's Black children birth to post-secondary.

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  • Advancing STEM Education

    Supporting career and technical education as well as science, technology, engineering and math education, focused on girls, low-income youth, youth of color and/or rural youth.

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  • Scholarships

    Making higher education and training more accessible through scholarships by awarding more than $10 million in scholarships annually.

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  • GO Kids

    Our GO Kids initiative works with OCF volunteers statewide to raise awareness of Oregon's "opportunity gap" - created by widening disparities for children based on where they live, their race or family circumstance. Local volunteer networks can tailor solutions for activities that will work in their communities, bringing new resources to existing work.

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OCF provides two avenues to apply for educational grants:

 

Apply for Scholarships

OCF awards more than 3,500 scholarships a year, supporting students in every region of Oregon. Learn more and apply.

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Donate to grants and scholarships. Start by connecting with an OCF philanthropic advisor in your region