Near West advocates and supports opportunities for a rich array of educational programs and resources from cradle to career to ensure that all children and residents will have access to high quality schools, learn skills and embrace life long learning.

Quality Pre-K will be available through licensed child care centers, and the assurance of high quality K-12 education will be fulfilled by first supporting the health of existing schools serving the area.

Adult education will focus on linking residents to Centers for Working Families, and relevant workforce development programs leading to growing areas of employment and or business development and entrepreneurship.

Key Near West Big Ideas are to:

  • Every school will embrace community school strategies by ensuring every school in Near West must has a dedicated individual to coordinate school/community partnerships.
  • Uplift financial literacy, parenting classes, job clubs, English as Second Language classes and Spanish classes for community.