Richmond, CA Community Summit


Richmond, CA

Event Name

Richmond Education Summit:  Attendance Matters

Event Description

This event is being hosted by Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative (BBK).  BBK is comprised of a group of about 30 public and private non-profit agencies and organizations whose work serves families in the Iron Triangle neighborhoods of the City of Richmond.  The issues that BBK focuses on include:  Education, Community Engagement and Advocacy, Early Childhood Learning and Development, Digital Literacy, and Health and Wellness.  The planning group includes members of BBK as well as a school board member, the regional director of Teach for America, and representatives from the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund.

BBK is a place-based initiative with the mission of supporting the healthy development and education of all children, and the self-sufficiency of all families.  Regular school attendance is essential to children and youth having access to educational opportunities that promote healthy development, school success, and eventual self-sufficiency. Our district attendance data tells us that students missing school is a huge problem in the West Contra Costa Unified School District and to date, there has been no systematic attention or resources focused on this issue.  This summit will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, school and district administrators, local public officials, and community advocates and leaders, to discuss the issue in a safe and open forum, hear stories and expert testimony highlighting effective and doable solutions, and plan future activities that will begin to move the community and school district to better attendance and student learning outcomes.  The solutions to this problem involve the whole community; this summit will allow the whole community to come together and rally around an issue that is critical to the overall success and wellbeing of our community. 

Event Date and Time 

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00am to 3:00pm

Event Location

Richmond Civic Center Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Convening Organization and Website

Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative,

Additional Details

Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners:

• Kaiser Permanente,
• The California Endowment,
• Attendance Matters,
• YMCA of the East Bay,
• West Contra Costa Education Fund,

Keynote Speaker

Hedy Chang, director, Attendance Works

Registration Contact Info

Jennifer B. Lyle
Chief Operating Officer
Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative
312 9th Street
Richmond, CA  94801
(510) 730-2250