Robin Layton, EES President and CEO is the San Diego Business Journal's 2016 Most Admired CEO in the Education Category

The SDBJ Most Admired CEO Award recognizes Robin as a true local leader and honored her determination and insight that has yielded huge successes for San Diego's must vulnerable children and families.

Robin revolves her work around a single question - what is best for children. She is passionate about quality early education and is a tireless advocate for early educators and preschool teachers on a local, regional and state level.

Throughout her 31 years as president and CEO, Robin has grown EES, a non-profit organization, into one of San Diego County's most respected providers of quality early care and education services. Now in its 37th year, EES remains focused on ensuring that children ages 18 months through five years of age from low-income working families are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

EES Children and Families in Linda Vista to benefit from the Linda Vista Kindergarten Readiness Network

United Way Grants Nearly $2 Million to Four Community Partnerships

SAN DIEGO (May 22, 2015) – United Way of San Diego County is granting nearly $2 million to four community partnerships that are working collectively to help the youngest San Diegans and their families.  

EES is excited to be included in these partnerships and a key partner of the Linda Vista Kindergarten Network.

Linda Vista Kindergarten Readiness Network
Led by: Jewish Family Service
Serving: Linda Vista, Central San Diego
This group will help establish family support hubs at early education sites in Linda Vista and work to help children and families successfully transition from preschool to kindergarten.

These networks were awarded the grants based on their commitment to using a “Collective Impact” framework – a proven, more effective way to solve complex social issues. Each partnership brings together approximately 20 nonprofits, health providers, schools, government, businesses and other community-based organizations to support key issues, including getting children ready for kindergarten and reading at grade-level, as well as family stability and health. Numerous research studies prove these are critical issues linked to high school graduation rates and students’ continued success.

“We believe multiple organizations effectively working together can always do better than one,” said United Way President and CEO Kevin Crawford. “United Way’s role will be to fund these community partnerships, while also providing our expertise in convening large groups around common goals, taking a hard look at data and building the infrastructure to make it all work. We want to support children outside the classroom, so that they are best prepared to learn inside the classroom.”

United Way is focused on making investments that lead to long-term success. These grants and support will help grow the partnerships over 18 months, starting in July 2015, and each partnership has a plan to continue efforts beyond the initial funding period to best serve their communities.

United Way’s Collective Impact work has included its oversight of the Partnership for Children in City Heights and Vista; creation of the Project 25 pilot program for the homeless; and support of the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood, Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP) and the Military Family Collaborative.

Funding for the grants was made possible from the support of companies around San Diego County, including AT&T, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GEICO, NASSCO, Solar Turbines, UPS and many others. 

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


EES: At the Leadership Table for the Vista Partnership for Children

The Vista Partnership for Children (VPfC) includes multiple stakeholders supporting local youth, all gathered around one table, working toward a common goal: improving opportunities and life outcomes for all children in the region. By convening key partners – nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, teachers, parents, health and human services and other organizations – a tree has been planted in Vista that will bear fruit for all of our children.

Lead partners – including Vista Unified School District, the City of Vista, the County Health and Human Services Agency, Vista Community Clinic, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, United Way, EES, and many more –have agreed on baseline data, critical milestones and specific indicators to measure progress over time.

Now, by aligning resources, knowledge and outcomes, they are embracing collective impact, an innovative approach to solving our community’s most complex social issues.

United Way serves as the Partnership’s project manager, providing staff and resources to keep all stakeholders focused on the shared vision: to ensure healthy, well-educated children and thriving neighborhoods.  United Way staff also handles facilitation, community trainings, data analysis and other advisory functions that are critical to success.

CLICK HERE to learn more about VPfC and read the Baseline Report.

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By working with nonprofits, schools, businesses and community leaders, United Way of San Diego County tackles the issues that impact children and families in San Diego. The nonprofit plays a unique role, bringing the right people and resources together to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. Through a Collective Impact model, United Way solves complex problems by maximizing existing community partners/resources and establishing common goals to create permanent change in the community. United Way’s efforts include anchoring the City Heights Partnership for Children and being a key partner in the upcoming Vista Partnership for Children. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to get involved by donating and volunteering. Learn more at, the blog, Facebook and Twitter.


Union Tribune Recognizes EES' Outstanding Educational Programs

On February 20, the Union Tribune featured an article highlighting our amazing programs and our longtime CEO and President, Robin Layton.

The article, entitled "Can't afford preschool? Call EES" provided details on Robin's commitment and dedication to early education and demonstrated the impact EES has made throughout San Diego.

 CLICK HERE to read the article in its entirety.


EES and VUSD Partnership Making a Difference for Children

On December 5, 2014, the Vista Unified School District celebrated six years of successful early childhood education partnership with EES. Over the past six years, EES and Vista Unified have provided free and reduced-cost preschool services to over 3,000 preschool students (ages 3-5 years old) on ten campuses across the district. Students move up to kindergarten better prepared, more socially adept and already acclimated to their school. Just one of EES's successful school district partnerships - a win-win for schools, students and families. Our successful collaboration was highlighted on page 3 of the VUSD Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation Newsletter (Nov/Dec 2014)