At a Glance

Earning college credit in high school is a proven way for low-income students to get a jump on a college degree. JFF leads expansion of this national model.



Research & Design

Execution & Scale


Areas of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Meeting Employer Needs
Experts Involved
In progress
  • CA
  • MA
  • CO
  • CT
  • OH


JFF has been a leading purveyor of early college for over 15 years. We helped design and develop the first 280 early college high schools nationally, and we have tested creative adaptations to expand their impact. Most notably, we have helped build quicker routes to high-skill, well-paying careers in fast-growing fields such as information technology (IT) and health care through Pathways to Prosperity. Tens of thousands of students have benefited from early college expansion across the country. Local districts, community colleges, intermediary organizations, and funders have joined forces to create entire districts of early college high schools, launching many students toward postsecondary success.

Our Early College Expansion Initiatives