Stay Focused on What Works for Kids

The Chamberlin Family Foundation was founded on the belief that every student in every neighborhood of West Contra Costa should have access to an excellent public school. No family should have to accept underperforming schools. The public school system can and should provide an excellent education to all.

To drive positive change, the Foundation takes a results-focused approach:


Understand what district students, parents and teachers need. We listen to those with deep roots in the community and the closest connections to our young people. We also study public education across the country to see what’s successful for students in other communities.


Support conditions that enable students, educators and schools to thrive. Based on what we’ve learned about the community’s needs, we support people, schools and ideas that are transformative for students. We’re here to embrace fresh ideas and help advance policies and practices across the system that lead to excellent schools.


Analyze results to accelerate progress. We study the results of our efforts and the progress of West Contra Costa students, and use that data to improve the efficacy of future grants. Our efforts will continue until there’s an excellent public school for every child in every neighborhood.

Ultimately, we assess progress by the number of great schools that exist in our community, and access to those schools for students who are too often left behind. We also define success by the growing number of families who are engaged, educators who are supported, and students who are achieving their extraordinary potential.

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