Education Synergy Alliance (P3SD)

What if every child had access to quality early education, giving them a platform for success in school, college, career, and life?

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Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • California

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

San Diego

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • California

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

San Diego

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

ESA is currently deeply involved in an initiative called P3SD, which focuses on transforming the landscape of early education in San Diego County from prenatal (P) to 3rd grade (3). The importance of quality early education in a child's life is undeniable, yet a consistent, funded, and well directed system does not currently exist in our county. ESA brings together great minds to helps catalyze discussion and change for early education policy.

It is proven that investment in early education has a significant impact on a child's future success. 

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • No, not explicitly

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Education

Year Founded


Project Stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

When a community supports early education on all levels, children are awarded the opportunity for a life of thriving, not simply surviving. When community thought leaders gather together to engage with and work alongside Education Synergy Alliance, they become part of a movement toward a community where every child has equal access to a bright and promising future. Through our work, we hope to reach a place where 75% of children are reading and doing math at grade level by 3rd grade, and the achievement gap between gap between White/Asian students and Latino/Black students is reduced by 50%.

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Since the launch of the P3SD initiative ESA has expanded our collaborative from 25 members to 250. In 2016 Education Synergy Alliance and our advocacy team submitted a budget request to the local government calling for significant changes in the funding and structure of early childhood education policy. Although we did not see 100% of the results we requested, significant steps were made and ____ of our request was granted. As we continue to gather key stakeholders of all areas in our community, Education Synergy Alliance hopes to see more successes such as this with the ultimate goal of long lasting significant change for education.

Organization Type

  • nonprofit/NGO/citizen sector

Annual Budget

  • $1mil - $5mil

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

No other entity or organization is providing leadership on early education in San Diego at this time. There are many other organizations such as the First Five Commission, the San Diego County Office of Education, and United Way San Diego that work for and support education but do not provide thought leadership or offer a broad coalition for change. ESA provides a unifying conversation between all entities invested in education in our community to rally together and promote action in a space where such a unifying player does not exist.

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Relevance: Does this project seem to help children (ages 0 to 12 years) develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose?

5 - Yes, this is great! The project lays out a strong, compelling case for how its model nurtures children’s wellbeing. - 0%

4 - It seems like a good fit, and the model talks explicitly about children’s wellbeing. - 50%

3 - I think so. The project seems related to children’s wellbeing, but the logic is vague. - 25%

2 - Not sure. The project doesn’t have much to do with wellbeing, or it doesn’t give enough information. - 25%

1 - Nope, this project definitely doesn’t fit the challenge brief (e.g., It doesn’t help kids younger than 12, isn’t in the U.S., etc.) - 0%

2. Innovation: Does this project tackle children’s wellbeing from a new angle?

5 - I loved this! The project describes a novel model that addresses important cultural or systemic barriers. - 0%

4 - This is pretty cool. The project is addressing an important problem in a new or compelling way. - 0%

3 - I feel like there’s something there, but I want more details about what makes it distinctive. - 50%

2 - It’s a good project, but I’ve seen others like it before. - 25%

1 - It was confusing or hard to tell what it made it different. - 25%

3. Social Impact: What is this project’s potential for creating positive social impact?

5 - Lots of potential. This project is achieving impressive results, and it’s growing quickly. It could absolutely inspire changes in the ways we approach caring for kids nationally, across sectors (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

4 - Pretty good potential. This project demonstrates significant positive impact so far, and it could scale regionally or nationally one day and fundamentally change how a system operates (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 50%

3 - Budding potential. This project is creating local impact, but it would take a few adjustments before it could scale. - 25%

2 - Some potential. This project demonstrates some initial positive impact, but it would require major changes before it could scale. - 0%

1 - Limited potential. This project has great intentions, but it looks like it does not include key drivers of a shift towards children’s wellbeing. - 25%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 50%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 25%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 25%

5. Offer some feedback. Where should this participant spend some time revising?

DEFINING THE PROBLEM. Make sure to articulate the root causes or main barriers of the social issue your project addresses. (Founding Story, Problem, Solution). - 100%

CLARITY OF MODEL. Make sure to mention (a.) the beneficiary, b) the main activities, and c) how those activities drive social impact. Keep it streamlined! - 66.7%

MARKETPLACE. Make sure to research other players in this space and articulate how this project is different. I didn’t get a complete sense of how this project compares to others. - 33.3%

IMPACT POTENTIAL. Make sure to use specific numbers to describe what your project has achieved so far! And consider how you might scale the model or its insights, through partnerships, trainings, or franchising. - 66.7%

WRITING STYLE. Try to stay concise and make it vivid. Avoid jargon. - 33.3%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

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Sarah, thank you for your contribution to the childrens' wellbeing initiative.  While I was able to gain a broad idea of this project, I feel that the above description was not specific enough that I could gain an adequate understanding.  Would you be willing to help by providing information regarding specific goals for change?  In other words, what aspects of current early education programs would you like to change?  Thank you again!