Marian Wright Edelman Institute

At the Marian Wright Edelman Institute, the University’s best students and scholars collaborate with community partners to address the ever-changing needs of children, youth and families. The institute serves as a powerful tool for outreach, advocacy and research.


The EDvance program consists of a constellation of programs within the Marian Wright Edelman Institute and in the CAD department that create pathways to a B.A. for early childhood educators. Programing includes pathways for lower division students (Metro CAD) and upper division students (CAD PATH). Students participating in the lower division pathway (Metro CAD) also have the opportunity to participate in the EDvance Jumpstart Early Practicum to gain hands-on experience in the classroom as well as coaching from mentor teachers. All program participants are encouraged to apply for the incentive programs offered though EDvance as they are advancing towards their B.A. These fiscal incentives aim to support early childhood educators while going to school and working in the field of early childhood education. EDvance is funded by the City and County of San Francisco, the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, the SF Foundation, and Jumpstart national (Americorps).

Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development

The Metro Early Childhood Academy was developed to support the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities.

SF Seed

SF SEED (San Francisco Supporting Early Educator Degrees) is a fiscal incentive program for early child educators as they advance toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, as well as professional development within their current place of employment.


Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) is an initiative aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education in the City of San Francisco by supporting current and new workforce participants to obtain their Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD).


Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project is a community research, intervention and education initiative designed to study the impact of family acceptance and the rejection on the health, mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Results are used to help families provide support for LGBT youth, to develop appropriate interventions, programs and policies, and to train providers to improve the quality of service they receive. The project is funded by The California Endowment, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and individual donors.

College Career Transition Project

CCT creates conditions and opportunities critical for successful transitions to higher education and sustainable careers. We offer programming tailored to the needs and interests of students, parents, teachers and administrators in core innovation areas:

  • College & Career Readiness
  • Restorative Practices
  • Parent/Family Involvement
  • Professional Development