Advancing Student Success in West Contra Costa Public Schools

The Chamberlin Family Foundation supports the people, policies, and practices that strengthen public schools for students in West Contra Costa.

K-12 Education Grantmaking


The Chamberlin Family Foundation invests in best-practices shown to strengthen teaching and learning, and supports organizations that work to increase teacher impact and student success.

Teacher & Leadership Support

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We believe that well-supported principals and instructional leaders across our public schools can deliver the year-over-year academic growth that every student in West Contra Costa deserves.

Foundation News

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Explore info and analysis on local and statewide education policies, data on student academic growth, and stories of impact from our team, guest authors, and partner organizations.

Featured Program

Instructional Leadership Community of Practice

Founded: 2018

Areas of focus: Instructional Vision; High-quality Curriculum; Observations and Feedback; Teacher Collaboration

Director: Caroline Damon, Senior Program Officer, Chamberlin Family Foundation

Schools supported: 13 (24%)

2020 budget: $1.2 million

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Direct Support for WCCUSD school leaders and instructional teams

Since 2018, our Instructional Leadership Community of Practice has brought WCCUSD principals and their teams together to learn research-backed best practices, support each other’s professional development, and build a network of support to improve learning for the students they serve.

Due to COVID-19’s distance learning requirements, we expanded our support this year so that participating principals can adapt teaching practices to better support grade-level learning for all students.

Community Giving Initiative

We’re proud to support dozens of youth-serving West Contra Costa organizations with funds from our annual Community Giving Initiative.

Our nomination process invites community members to identify impactful nonprofits that provide a broad range of direct services to West Contra Costa youth.

Teacher Gratitude Grants

CFF’s annual Gratitude Grants program awards $250 to individual K-12 public school teachers in West Contra Costa. Since 2015, we’ve provided over 2,700 Gratitude Grants that teachers used for classroom supplies, curricular enhancements and materials that support student learning and success.

The 2020 Gratitude Grant period finished with a record number of applicants. More than 800 West Contra Costa public school teachers received Gratitude Grants this Spring!