One Region. One Vision. Infinite Possibilities.

If one wanted to go around the world, one need only take a trip through the cultural mosaic which is California’s Central Valley.

– Isao Fujimoto & Gerald Sandoval,
“Tapping into California’s Central Valley’s Hidden Wealth: Its Rich Cultural Capital”

If one wanted to go around the world, one need only take a trip through the cultural mosaic which is California’s Central Valley.

– Isao Fujimoto & Gerald Sandoval,
“Tapping into California’s Central Valley’s Hidden Wealth: Its Rich Cultural Capital”

California’s Central Valley — Rich in Culture

As a member of a pioneering Sacramento family, CVF founder the late James B. “Jim” McClatchy lived a good portion of his life in the Central Valley. He held a deep appreciation for its ethnic diversity and recognized that the region is as rich in the varied cultures of its people as it is in the bounty of its agriculture.

Jim was aware that the Central Valley was becoming one of California’s fastest-growing regions, with a sizable immigrant population and a poverty level among the highest in the state. He believed deeply in the power of public education to transform lives and was personally devoted to improving educational outcomes for children and young people whose first language is not English. (About 43% of Central Valley students come from homes where English is not spoken.)

We didn’t say anything because there was such an awful lot to say, and no language to say it in.

– William Saroyan, My Name is Aram


His vision and work continue to this day. At CVF, where Jim’s widow and CVF’s co-founder Susan McClatchy serves as Board vice chair, we know there can be many challenges for English Learner students and we seek promising new ways to close the achievement gap and advance the region’s most valuable resource – the abundant cultural wealth of its people.

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The California Department of Education collects data for 60 language groups – and some school districts report as many as 100.

Through CVF’s Data Dialogues Network, we are committed to providing district partners with the information and quality data they need to advance their English Learner students.

Learn more about the Data Dialogues Network