Mission & Values

Our Mission
DEEP mobilizes community partners around a research-guided theory of change designed to ensure that children attending schools in a cluster of southeastern San Diego neighborhoods enter kindergarten prepared for success and complete third grade reading proficiently.

Our Vision

Supported by a robust network of partner organizations, children attending public schools in San Diego’s Diamond Community enter kindergarten prepared for success and read proficiently by the end of third grade. Southeastern San Diego schools are places where the best principals and teachers want to work because they are powerfully supported by the community. They are also places where families want to send their children because all children achieve at high levels.

“DEEP is among the best-formed and genuine collaborative efforts in the Southern California region. With a focus on youth success in school, DEEP is creating strategic partnerships that support principals, teachers, parents, and children. DEEP has established itself as a model urban area program that is producing well-documented outcomes and reversing decade-long trends of low-achievement in a community of need.”

Jose Cruz, Executive Director, San Diego Council on Literacy