California Education Policy Fund (CEPF)

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A Sponsored Project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

The California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) is an invitation-only grants program that supports nonprofit organizations focused on education policy reform, implementation and advocacy at the state and local levels. Since its inception, the CEPF has invested in 25 nonprofit organizations to promote and facilitate transformational education policy change. Given the current education landscape in California, in which standards, financing, accountability systems and testing practices are changing statewide, CEPF has particular focus on supporting California’s commitment to college and career readiness in the K-12 system, including the transition to postsecondary.

CEPF was established in 2011 with a leadership gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. With annual grantmaking levels of approximately $3.0 million, CEPF continues to build on the Hewlett Foundation’s long-term leadership and deep commitment to education in California by supporting nonprofit organizations that boost student achievement and prime students for college and career success, especially disadvantaged students.

Currently, CEPF advances policy and practice reform to promote Deeper Learning. Deeper Learning refers to the set of knowledge, skills and dispositions that students need to succeed in college, career and civic life. These skills and dispositions include: critical thinking and complex problem solving; communication; collaboration; self-directed learning; and developing academic mindsets—all applied to the mastery of rigorous academic content.

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