Approach & Impact

We invest in public education

Our mission to increase the academic performance of underserved students. We aspire to achieve funding equity in our schools so every student has the same resources and opportunities to thrive.

Our funds help close the gap between the resources our district receives and the true cost

of educating our students.

We proudly serve students and teachers of the Redwood City School District,

our community partners, and our generous donors.

Theory of Change

The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is a  community-based organization focused on providing financial support, targeted advocacy, and meaningful community and parent engagement to address systemic inequities and help all students thrive.

Our newly redefined, sharpened mission is to increase the early academic performance of underserved students. While in the long-term we still intend to provide services and increase resources for all schools in Redwood City School  District, in the short-term we are intentionally shifting our focus to support schools with large percentages of low-income students, or students who qualify for Free and  Reduced-Price Lunch.

By proactively supporting underserved students, this model improves their ability to meet math and literacy proficiency standards; thereby reducing enrollment in remedial courses and increasing their likelihood of meaningful success in high school and beyond.

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Financial Support

Invest in targeted programs that:

  • Improve reading & math scores

  • Strengthen student engagement & social-emotional learning

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Increase per-pupil funding for all schools in RCSD by:

  • Driving and developing coalitions to support policies impacting underserved students

  • Monitoring revenue-generating opportunities such as parcel taxes and bond measures

Community Engagement

Better understand the needs of schools and families; share learning and best connections between and among families and schools by:

  •  Listening tours in schools

  • Annual town hall sessions

School Supply

Our Impact

Funneling much-needed resources to under-served schools will improve learning environments, leading to highly engaged students who have developed critical social-emotional skills and increased their overall academic performance. This, in turn, will better prepare students for a successful start to high school. We will look at a reduction in the number of RCSD students enrolled in ninth-grade remedial classes as a key indicator of success.

RCEF invites you to read our 2019 Annual Report. In the report, you'll learn about our impact on students and their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic and through the Measure H Campaign.

Covid Relief Fund

$450,000 raised to help RCSD families with basic necessities and rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health

1 full-time counselor contracted through One Life Counseling to support our Garfield Elementary students.

Back to School

$170,000 raised for counseling
support, wifi access, and school supplies for our underserved schools.


Provided funding for 80 teacher-led projects focusing on Science, Technology, and Mathematics.


200+ volunteers empowered to organize and campaign for a city-wide parcel tax supporting all RCSD students.

What Our Community Members Say

Teri Chin, Human Services Manager

Fair Oaks Community Center

"The Redwood City Education Foundation’s early actions to provide Emergency Rental Assistance for families experiencing loss of income due to COVID19 was critical for our community – resulting in early outreach and promotion to families in need and additional investment from our broader community to address housing and food security in light of the COVID19 Pandemic Crisis.”