The work of The Opportunity Institute cuts across issue silos to address the complex barriers to social mobility at critical junctures in people’s lives. We focus broadly on educational opportunities, beginning with infant and toddler development and continuing to PreK through grade 12 schooling, higher education completion, pathways out of incarceration, and into early career and family support. Our signature projects include Too Small to Fail, Partners for Each and Every Child, Renewing Communities, and California Competes.

Program Areas

Strong Families & Early Learning

The earliest years of life are critical to long-term success. The work of this program area is focused on early childhood development, providing parents and communities tools to foster early brain and language development, and advancing policies to support early learning, child care, and working families.

Principal Project:
Too Small to Fail

PreK-12 Equity & Excellence

Our education system must deliver excellence and equity effectively, everywhere, for everyone. Focused on Pre-K through 12 education, this area aims to ensure that our education systems improve student outcomes by building and supporting a collaborative, multi-sector community network with this shared goal.

Principal Project:
Partners for Each and Every Child

Opportunity & Justice

Millions of people, more than half of whom are parents of minor children, have been ensnared in our criminal justice system. All deserve a chance to succeed. This area works to repair the damage wrought by mass incarceration by building pathways from corrections to college, career entry, and family security.

Principal Project:
Renewing Communitites

Postsecondary & Transitions to Work

Colleges and universities need to improve their ability to move students into and through college, particularly traditionally underrepresented students. This program area seeks to make college entry and completion—and the opportunities it affords—more equitable, and to improve transitions to the labor market.

Principal Project:
California Competes


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