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Education Program

Giving all students and teachers what they need to succeed.



Students in the Great Lakes region and throughout the country need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed, and must graduate high school prepared for their futures. But more than half either fail to graduate on time or graduate unprepared for college-level work. Many also lack the skills necessary to be successful in the workforce. Through innovative policies and programs, the Joyce Foundation aims to turn this trend around.

Our Approach

Teacher Quality

Every child deserves an outstanding teacher, and decades of research shows that excellent teachers are the key to student success, especially for those falling behind. The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to ensure teachers are properly prepared before they enter the classroom, receive meaningful evaluations, and get the support and career opportunities they need to excel. We must all commit to helping teachers become great and to attracting more talented adults into the profession. Learn More.

Kindergarten Readiness

Research shows that more than half of the achievement gap between poor and non-poor children exists at kindergarten entry. Low-income children are most at risk because their parents often lack access to academically and developmentally rich materials, and many do not have high-quality preschool teachers. The Joyce Foundation supports policy-focused research that helps engage families in the educational process and helps ensure our youngest learners have top-notch educators. Learn More.

Joint Fund for Education and Employment

In order to support more children, youth, and adults in becoming college and career ready, the Joint Fund focuses on: 1) creating clear paths within and between secondary and postsecondary institutions that incorporate academics and real world learning applications; 2) building personal success skills necessary for academic, work, and life success; and 3) promoting strategies to increase student engagement in learning. Learn More.

Latest News From The Education Program

8/9/2016 10:45:00 AM

Sameer Gadkaree Joins the Joyce Foundation

Education and workforce development expert Sameer Gadkaree is joining the Joyce Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. ​

7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​


The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.


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