The City of West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run is an educational and jobs initiative that combines new and existing programs in the lives of children ages four to eighteen, with the goal of making the City of West Sacramento the best place to have a child, raise a family and grow up as a kid. The initiative is designed to ensure that we are preparing all of our young people with the skills, resources and support they need to succeed in college, career and life. The City of West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run is led by the City of West Sacramento in partnership with the Washington Unified School District, FutureReady, a project of the West Sacramento Community Foundation as well as Sacramento City College and the Los Rios Community College District.
The Kids’ Home Run consists of four “base” programs.
A child reaches first base under Kids’ Home Run by enrolling in a Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS) recognized preschool. Under UP4WS, each student will be connected to high-quality preschool education.
Once a student graduates from a UP4WS preschool and enters kindergarten within the Washington Unified School District, he or she reaches second base, which is access to a guaranteed college savings account of $50, with the goal of a match for a family deposit.
Third base, under the City of West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run, is access for West Sacramento high school students to paid internships in a relevant industry sector or job-type if they are enrolled in an integrated college and career pathway and making satisfactory progress in school.
Finally, a child reaches home plate when he or she graduates from high school in West Sacramento and directly enrolls full-time for up to one year fee free in a program of study at one of Sacramento City College's three Campuses. Access to a points-based scholarship of up to $1,000 will launch at a later date.
Kids will be motivated in this process by the ability to earn digital badges, or virtual credentials that track their skills development. Student completion of badges will unlock new opportunities for them, such as preferential hiring for internships, and help determine how large of a scholarship each student receives.
The initiative began in summer of 2017 with the goal of one day having every West Sacramento young person touching every base in his or her lifetime.