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Program Areas

The Foundation’s mission is expressed in two current program areas: English Learners and the First Amendment. We are in a learning phase right now and making investments to help us determine a longer term strategy.   

Building Brilliant Futures for English Learners

English Learners

The James B. McClatchy Foundation has been awarding grants to K-12 school districts in the Central Valley since 2009 with the primary purpose of advancing the academic achievement of the Valley’s English Learners.  In 2018, we launched our Growing Strong Learners initiative, which focuses on Pre-K and Dual Language Learners in the Central Valley.

It is our intention to set a different course for our Dual Language Learners: an asset-based approach to teaching and learning that prioritizes home language and culture, as well as English acquisition.  In this vein, The James B. McClatchy Foundation supports school systems and programs as they leverage the strengths of these diverse learners and their families.

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First Amendment protections on free speech, expression, and a free press.

First Amendment

The James B. McClatchy Foundation has always supported two key organizations that James loved: First Amendment Coalition and Committee to Protect Journalists. These ongoing operational supporting grants will continue to honor James’ legacy.

In its exploratory phase to embark on a major First Amendment initiative, the Foundation’s LIFT pilot will guide the Foundation to advance awareness of and engagement with the First Amendment as it relates to free speech, freedom of expression, and a free press.


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