Our Vision: All Greater Boston residents can access the education, training, and resources they will need to succeed in our regional economy.
At every stage Boston’s children will have access to high-quality education options, resources, and supports, beginning in early childhood and continuing through high school graduation and postsecondary education.
We will expand access to quality seats at every level, and will work with partners across sectors to help students complete postsecondary credentials and connect to high-growth careers.
Ensure all children in the Greater Boston area are prepared to thrive in school and life.
Ensure all students can access high-quality public schools that promote their academic achievement and prepare them for postsecondary success.
Increase postsecondary completion rates for Boston students through partnerships with local higher education institutions and community-based organizations, and strengthen and support community colleges in the state in realizing their full potential as important workforce development partners.
Vision: All children in the Greater Boston area are prepared to thrive in school and life.
Early childhood offers a critical early opportunity to launch young residents on a path to academic and life success. Efforts to support healthy development—from prenatal supports through access to high-quality pre-kindergarten and connections with K-12—will help to ensure that children arrive at school ready to thrive.
Our three primary areas of focus in the Early Childhood strategy are: pediatric parent engagement, high-quality pre-K, and supporting the early childhood ecosystem.
For an overview of the Boston Foundation’s Early Childhood strategy, click here.
Vision: All students can access high-quality public schools that promote their academic achievement and prepare them for postsecondary success.
This strategy is informed by research and experience which suggest that when schools have autonomy, principals and teachers design learning that puts students at the center. We believe expansion of autonomy, or site-based decision making, helps to create conditions that promote students’ academic achievement and readiness for successful post-secondary pursuits.
Our work focuses on governance reform, systems change, and school redesign, including expanding autonomies to schools inside the school district, expanding or importing innovation within the Boston Public Schools, and advocating for policy changes that allow successful schools to proliferate.
The vast majority of our grant-making resources are devoted to supporting students who enroll in the Boston Public Schools. The annual Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools at the Boston Foundation recognizes autonomous schools that consistently boost students’ achievements through innovative models, programs and practices.
Vision: Increase postsecondary completion rates for Boston students through partnerships with local higher education institutions and community-based organizations, and strengthen and support community colleges in the state in realizing their full potential as important workforce development partners.
Now, more than ever, a credential beyond a high school diploma is required for individuals to access opportunity in our region.
Our primary investment is in Success Boston, our city’s college completion initiative, which strives to double the number of students who earn a post-secondary credential within six years of graduating from high school. Success Boston seeks to ensure that Boston public school graduates are getting ready, in, and through college, and connected to careers. In addition, we support our state’s public higher education system, including system reform efforts to strengthen community colleges and better connect these vital institutions to regional employers.