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DEEP envisions itself ultimately as a vehicle for repairing ruptures all along the pipeline from cradle to college and career. However, DEEP partners agreed to concentrate their initial energies and investments on the early end of the education pipeline with the goal of ensuring that children are kindergarten ready and complete third grade with strong literacy skills. This decision prompted DEEP to look to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGRL) for guidance in fleshing out its Theory of Action. Each of the three initiatives associated with DEEP’s early literacy goal incorporate an area of focus prescribed by the CGRL. These include: increasing kindergarten preparedness, reducing chronic absenteeism, and reducing summer reading loss.
Housed within the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP) is a collaborative undertaking of multiple partner organizations and community leaders who are committed to improving educational outcomes for students attending public schools in the Diamond Community, a cluster of neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego that is home to many of the city’s struggling schools.