Purpose

The Opportunity Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes social mobility and equity by improving outcomes from early childhood through early career. We focus on education, which plays a critical role in opening opportunities, and the related social policies that make true opportunity possible.

We bring together leaders in early childhood development, PreK through 12 education, juvenile and criminal justice, and higher education to collaborate across policy sectors for broader and deeper impact. Our work reaches around the country, but with special attention to California, our base.

We are advancing pragmatic, evidence-based solutions that will combat inequality and build stronger, more equitable ladders to success.  

Our work is organized into four interrelated program areas: Strong Families & Early LearningPreK-12 Equity & ExcellenceOpportunity & Justice, and Postsecondary & Transitions to Work.