Academic Programs


Kids EXPLORE After School

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is pleased to announce a new collaboration with "Kids 'Explore' After School," an organization created by three local moms with elementary aged children always on the look out for excellent after school classes for kids. SCEF and 'Explore' will offer a wide range of affordable, quality enrichment programs to all SCCS elementary schools that allow kids to follow their passions and explore new activities in the security of their own school.  This will benefit our children, families, schools, and community by providing kids with unique learning experiences; and, we will support busy parents -- no need to pick up and drive to an activity: all classes will be taught on school grounds by skilled instructors and coaches.  Classes, between 10-15 students each, will typically be 1 hour long for 8-10 weeks offered in the fall and spring and include topics of: STEM, language, sports, music, and art.  Scholarships will be available to families in need.
With this collaboration, SCEF and 'Explore' can streamline district-wide enrichment programming, which will provide more equitable access for all interested kids to participate in after school classes that increase student achievement and engagement. Our district-wide after school enrichment programming efforts will begin this coming school year, 2018-2019. For more information please contact

Computer Science for All

In partnership with the Santa Cruz City School District and ETR (Education, Training and Research), we received a grant from the National Science Foundation to increase equity and inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our city schools. These funds enable us to provide computer science curriculum training for teachers to use in their classrooms daily and family code nights at our elementary schools.


Library Initiative

SCEF is partnering with librarians across Santa Cruz City Schools to update their library media centers and book catalogs, improving accessibility for all students.