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Program History

The Joyce Foundation is committed to improving education in Midwest cities, especially by eliminating the barriers that prevent low-income students and children of color from reaching their full educational potential. The Foundation is a long-time supporter of Chicago school reform, and has also worked in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, and currently in Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

Over the years, Joyce has explored a variety of strategies, including school finance, parent organizing, educational technology, charter schools, and early childhood education; it has also consistently supported research identifying and evaluating promising new strategies.

Because research shows that having a first-rate teacher has an enormous impact on student achievement, the Foundation now concentrates the bulk of its grant making on improving teacher quality. It also continues to support other strategies for addressing the achievement gap, including making sure children are kindergarten ready, and scaling educational approaches that increase student engagement in learning.

Latest News From The Education Program

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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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3/28/2016 3:53:00 PM

Joyce Foundation grant seeks expansion of college and career pathways to better prepare high school students for education, careers and life

$3 million grant to four Great Lakes community areas: Chicago’s northwest suburbs; Central Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and Rockford, Illinois

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3/8/2016 11:15:00 AM

It's Not Too Late To Learn

Employment Program Officer, Matthew Muench writes about the results of a new report about the role of personal success skills in the 21st century workforce.

 
 

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