Programs for Digital Divide Support

The Learning Loss Mitigation Funding (LLMF), authorized by the 2020–21 budget package, appropriates $5.3 billion to be allocated to local educational agencies (LEAs) in order to support pupil academic achievement and mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. Please see the overview of LLMF for LEAs and CDE’s comprehensive LLMF guidance website. For available purchase programs, go to CDE’s Tech Devices website. For general questions and assistance contact: [email protected]

The California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund is a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, California Department of Education, and CDE Foundation. The CA BDD Fund is a centralized resource for state leadership to provide essential devices, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for PK-12 students, teachers, and their families. Funds from this campaign will go directly to equip school districts with the resources they need to enable distance learning for our 6.2 million learners and 300,000+ teachers.

As the private, non-profit partner of the California Department of Education since 2011, the CDE Foundation works closely with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and his team to enable public-private partnerships and implement solutions across the state. Our focus, in particular, is on building more equitable teaching and learning environments, which are currently in even greater jeopardy due to the uneven impacts of COVID-19 on students, families, and educators.

In the months ahead we will be working with our state-level partners to respond to the needs of districts across the state to provide devices for students, enhance connectivity, and support educators shifting to the new normal of distance learning. This includes special attention to Special Education (SPED), English Learner (EL), low-income and rural populations, for which additional virtual educator professional learning webinars are now in development.

Are you a corporate or institutional donor? Please contact Jessica Howard, CEO of the CDE Foundation

View additional resources and press releases here: Office of the Governor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Fund Update 9/1/20

We are incredibly grateful to the companies, private foundations and individuals that have responded to state leaders’ requests to support the urgent need to bridge the digital divide for students in California!

From March-August 2020, the CA BDD Fund has garnered over $18.3 million plus in-kind donations that has enabled procurement of over 64,000 devices and over 100,000 hotspots. Over 300 districts have received devices and/or hotspots that is approximately 29% of all districts in California. The priority school districts that received the initial donations included small and rural schools as well those with some of the highest percentages of Free Reduced Meal Program Students and English Language Learners.

In-kind donations made by technology companies include Amazon, Google, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Microsoft, and T-Mobile. The devices include Chromebooks, Microsoft laptops, Amazon Kindles, and Android tablets. Hewlett Packard Enterprises donated 40 Aruba Connectivity Kits to be used to extend school networks beyond the classroom to outdoor and adjoining properties to allow distance learning while keeping students and staff safe.

  • Aaron Levie
  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • Benificus Foundation
  • Box
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Donald Glover
  • Emily Dunkel & Brian Milch Fund
  • Google
  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall
  • Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki
  • Kapor Center
  • Kat Taylor
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
  • Office Depot
  • PayPal
  • PG&E
  • Roxanne Stachon and Todd McKinnon
  • Scott Cook and Signe Ostby through The Valhalla Charitable Foundation
  • Silver Giving Foundation
  • Sprint / T-Mobile
  • Stuart Foundation
  • Susan Sandler Fund
  • Verizon
  • VIPKId
  • Zoom
  • Anonymous Foundations