Mission: The mission of the foundation is the re-introduction of coherent content into the early grades as a necessary means to accomplishing a fundamental goal of schooling in a democracy - enabling all children to thrive, as jefferson put it, according to their talents and virtues, regardless of who their parents happen to be. The foundation's goals are captured in its motto: "educational excellence and equity for all children. "
Programs: Founded in 1986, the foundation seeks academic excellence, greater fairness and higher literacy for preschool, elementary and middle schools through a solid, specific, sequenced and shared curriculum. There are 875 core knowledge elementary schools in 45 states and the district of columbia. There are presently also 467 preschool centers across the country that are using the core knowledge program. Core knowledge schools include public, charter, private and parochial schools in urban, rural and suburban settings. About 78% of our schools are either public or public charter schools. The children in these schools come from all demographic groups, with over 75% of the core knowledge schools serving children from low income families, i. E. , the students qualify for the federal free lunch program. These low-income schools perform well and have been recognized by organizations advocating greater equity in the public education system. The foundation publishes a variety of materials in support of the various curricula and conducts conferences and workshops. The foundation is currently developing a content based reading program for grades k-5.