Since 2013, the Ed Fund, in partnership with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and the City of Richmond have offered free summer camp programs at four local community centers.

The Ed Fund works with WCCUSD certified teachers and high-quality enrichment providers to ensure every camper has fun and develops their skills throughout the summer.

In 2019, campers reading assessment scores increased by 6 months, as opposed to a 2-3 month learning loss over the summer.

For eight weeks, summer camp was fully enrolled, with over 585 children and youth taking part in all-day enrichment activities that include Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), history, literacy, performing arts, healthy living, and music classes. Classes are led by local organizations including Richmond Art Center, East Bay Center for Performing Arts, Lego Robotics, Berkeley Chess School, and Read-Aloud.

These kids and this program represent the hope and promise of our collaborative effort. Through continued involvement in high quality after-school and summer programs, our kids will continue to build the skills and academic acumen to begin closing the opportunity gap in West Contra Costa.