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CEF Celebrates 30 Years in Carlsbad!

On behalf of the board and staff of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), we are pleased to announce that 2013 represents the 30th anniversary of our founding in Carlsbad!

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is a local non-profit serving the Carlsbad community and enriching the education of its public school students. Our role is to help raise private support for programs that help promote educational excellence for the 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District.

Benefiting kindergarten students through high school seniors, we grant restricted funds to the school district that create opportunities and make a difference in the lives of our students. Many, if not all, of CEF’s funded programs simply would not exist for our K-12 students without private support.

Since our founding in 1983, CEF has invested more than $6M in targeted programs, many of which promote hands-on science, district-wide music, innovative approaches to education, and technology. 

For example, CEF recently launched a privately funded science lab Teacher’s Assistant at the high school and several “traveling” science lab teachers for 4th and 5th graders. These credentialed teachers play a pivotal role in bringing science to life for our students through hands-on coursework.

Similarly, the “MY ACCESS” English-writing software (first piloted at Aviara Oaks Middle School) now has been expanded to all three middle schools with a pilot underway this year at Carlsbad High and Sage Creek High. This program gives teachers an innovative new tool for empowering students with the opportunities to write more frequently, receive immediate feedback and attain higher-level writing proficiency.

Working closely with a variety of community partners, business leaders, community members, elected officials, school administrators and philanthropists as well as parents and volunteers—CEF successfully harnesses the generosity of the Carlsbad community and translates it into tangible programs that make a real impact on the education of our students.

Our commitments remain firm for several of our other grant-funded programs, including weekly K-5 music, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics, Science Olympiad, BizTown and many more.

We are able to retain many of these important programs due to the generosity of corporate partners, individuals, and local foundations, and, in part, to funds raised through our direct service programs, such as Kids’ Care before- and after-school child care, Summer Enrichment, High School Summer Academy…and starting this fall at all 12 elementary and middle school campuses, new after-school enrichment classes each week!

If you are not already involved with CEF, we hope you will consider becoming part of our future impact in Carlsbad. Thank you for a wonderful 30 years as a trusted partner in our local community and for our residents’ interest and support of more than 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District!