SJ Learns

The San José Learns Program (SJ Learns) is a City-directed, City-funded grant-making initiative. SJ Learns champions innovative learning programs for TK-12th grade at-risk students.

With over $7.3 million awarded since 2018, and a 2022 expansion emphasizing tutoring for students in grades 4–12, we're dedicated to transforming academic success within our city.

About SJ Learns

SJ Learns: Grades TK–3

The San José Learns (SJ Learns) initiative funds innovative learning programs for students most likely to struggle with English and Math proficiency by third grade. Our aim is to reinforce Local Education Agencies' (LEA) and their selected providers' efforts with resources that amplify out-of-school learning. These quality programs are pivotal for those who can't access fee-based options.

Since 2018, SJ Learns has awarded approximately $7.3 million in grants to eight educational agencies spanning 26 schools. SJ Learns has repeatedly funded these agencies for expanded learning programs during the summer and academic year. This stable funding source enables continuous improvement and adaptation based on student needs.

Annual applications for TK-3rd Grade funding open in January with award decisions made in March.

Tutoring Matters: Grades 4–12

In 2022, we broadened our horizons to include students from grades 4-12, by introducing the Tutoring Matters program. This extension, funded by a one-time $2 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), seeks to provide high-quality tutoring services within the city. Grants were offered in Fall 2022 to qualified agencies and organizations. These candidates had to demonstrate the capacity to engage with schools, families, partners, and students to provide one-to-one or small group tutoring and academic support.

Apply for Tutoring Matters by September 1, 2023. Awards will be announced in November 2023.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about these grant opportunities, please email us:


Community of Practice

Launched in 2018, the Expanded Learning Community of Practice is SJ Learns' collaborative heartbeat. This network has over 25 active members representing grantees from all funders and is offered in partnership, with the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, Region 5 Expanded Learning, and Cisco Impact Grants.

The Community of Practice fosters a dynamic learning environment where peer organizations can share insights, solve problems, set standards, and build deep, lasting relationships. The group meets quarterly and is managed by Library staff.

If you are interested in learning more about the Community of Practice, please email:

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