Programs for Digital Divide Support

Overview of Available Purchase Programs

Digital Divide Task Force Webinar Slides: Guidance on Usage of LLM Funding (August 5th)

CDE Learning Loss Mitigation Funding Allocations & Application (Round 1 due August 5th)

  • Apple and T-Mobile partnership, CDE Press Release
    • 100,000 iPads available within 4-6 weeks with T-Mobile enabled cellular connectivity. Additional units will be available without cell service. Up to 1 Million units to be available by end of 2020. Submit a lead here and T-Mobile will follow up within 24 hours.
  • Office Depot Technology Solutions + Contact Form
    • 8,000 Chromebooks arriving in next 4 weeks, 300,000 Chromebooks (various manufacturers and models) available within approx. 8 – 12 weeks, with and without LTE options, 100,000 Windows devices within 4 weeks lead time. Additional service offerings and support provided.
  • Staples Technology Solutions
    • As of 8/3, approximately 59,000 of these units are unallocated Chromebooks. MobileWare Hot Spots available now

General Questions & Assistance: [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.

We thank you for your generous support, which will not only provide immediate relief but also seed the future success of our students and educators. Join us in closing California’s digital divide!


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

Are you an individual donor? Contribute to the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund on GoFundMe

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



Fund Update 6/25/20

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!

As of late June, the following list of donors have committed approximately $12 million in funding as well as in-kind contributions valued in the tens of millions of dollars of over 37,000 devices, over 120,000 hotspots, internet service, and digital collaboration tools.

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