August 23, 2019


June 24, 2019


The City of Oceanside Public Library will be hosting a series of Kinder Readiness Workshops from September 24 through October 10, 2019. Children ages three to five and their caregivers are invited to attend six workshops to help children and families prepare for kindergarten.

Each workshop will feature group activities, hands-on learning stations and information for parents and caregivers.

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., on September 24th and 26th and on October 1st, 3rd, 8th and 10th, at the Civic Center Library in the Children’s Area.

Advance registration is required. Please sign up at the Children’s Desk, beginning on August 23, 2019.

For more information, please call (760) 435-5600 or click


The Oceanside Promise has appointed Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr. to serve as interim president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective June 24, 2019. Dr. Trickey possesses more than 30 years of professional experience leading educational and public-benefit institutions. He is president of the Greater Pacific Planning and Effectiveness Group, a consulting business he launched in 1988, and a former City of Oceanside City Treasurer. Dr. Trickey joined the Oceanside Promise’s board of directors in July of 2018 and was voted in as board treasurer during his first board meeting. Since then, he has served as a member of the executive committee, board, and advisory group.

“We are excited to have Dr. Trickey stepping up to serve in this critical leadership role for the Oceanside Promise,” declared board of directors member Dr. Thao Ha. “His extensive experience in education and public service, which includes leading the growth and sustainability of several nonprofit and educational institutions, will help strengthen our nonprofit and take our community-wide partnership to the next level.”

The Oceanside Promise is a cross-sector partnership united by a shared vision of every child and young adult reaching their fullest potential in college, career, and life. The partnership started in early 2015, with the goal of bringing representatives from nonprofit, education, business, government, and the faith-based community together to improve the social, emotional, and academic success of Oceanside’s children from cradle to college and career. The Promise’s current priorities include improving the kindergarten readiness and early literacy of all children with an emphasis on those living in poverty and increasing the college and career readiness of Oceanside’s graduates with an emphasis on Latino young men.

Dr. Trickey’s leadership profile includes service as the president of Comanche Nation College in Oklahoma, president and chief executive officer of Sisseton Wahpeton College in South Dakota, president and chief executive officer of the California-wide CHP 11-99 Foundation and vice president of planning and institutional development and vice president of student services at the College of the Marshall Islands.  A first-generation college graduate, he earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego, he also holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Southern California, a certificate in Fund Raising with a specialization in the Institutional Development Process from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an Associate of Arts in Behavioral and Social Sciences degree from Modesto Junior College. He is a proud resident of Oceanside, where he lives with his wife of 33 years, Barbara L. Hamilton, Esq., their three children and two grandchildren.

“The Oceanside Promise partners are confident Dr. Trickey’s robust leadership experience and long-standing commitment to the Oceanside community will help make our partnership even stronger,” shared Dr. Patricia Prado-Olmos, vice president of community engagement at California State University, San Marcos and co-chair of the Oceanside Promise’s leadership table and advisory group. “We value his passion for education and impressive track record in fostering strong partnerships, raising resources, and advancing organizational goals that ultimately benefit students.”

Dr. Trickey is succeeding Dr. Nicole Magnuson, who served as a doctoral resident and then executive director of the Oceanside Promise beginning in July of 2016.


July 11, 2018


The Oceanside Promise announced today that Dr. Duane Coleman, retired superintendent of Oceanside Unified School District and Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr., city treasurer for the City of Oceanside, were unanimously approved as the newest members of the Oceanside Promise’s Board of Directors. Dr. Coleman’s and Dr. Trickey’s initial in-person meetings will include a multi-day retreat in late August.  The retreat will include traditional board business, the review and adoption of a multi-year strategic plan, and the creation of a multifaceted fund-raising plan to support the growth and sustainability of the Oceanside Promise.

“The Oceanside Promise Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Dr. Duane Coleman and Dr. Rafe Trickey as our newest members,” commented Vu Nguyen, board chairperson. “Each brings to the Oceanside Promise an impressive resume of professional experience and an unwavering commitment to the social, economic, and educational success of Oceanside’s children, youth, and families.”

Dr. Duane Coleman initiated and supported the Oceanside Promise while superintendent of Oceanside’s PreK-12 public school system from July 2014 through May 2018. A long-time educator, he recognized that the needs of the district’s students were more complex than educators could address alone. Dr. Coleman has more than 30 years in education serving as a teacher, coach, principal, district administrator and superintendent. In addition, he grew up in Oceanside’s Eastside neighborhood and graduated from Oceanside High School.  Dr. Coleman retired from the Oceanside Unified School District at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr. brings more than a quarter century of leadership experience in higher education, philanthropy, nonprofit and public service to the Oceanside Promise. His extensive career in higher education has fueled his commitment to student success and interest in equitable access to postsecondary education. As a former college president, vice president, educator and consultant, his impressive skillset includes strategic planning, organizational development, human resources management, financial planning and management, fundraising, and program evaluation. Dr. Trickey currently serves as the City of Oceanside’s city treasurer and has been a resident of Oceanside for nearly 15 years.


June 13, 2018


Grants to impact student success from cradle to college and career

The Oceanside Promise announced today that it has been awarded direct and indirect grant funding from the Stuart Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.  The Stuart Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved a $200,000, 18-month grant to support organizational capacity for the Oceanside Promise community-wide partnership whereas the Corporation’s philanthropic support will provide technical assistance for advancing transformational, equitable, and sustainable social change throughout Oceanside.  Together, the grants will enable the Oceanside Promise to better align and leverage the programs, services, and resources of its more than 40 cross-sector partners to ensure Oceanside’s children and students achieve their fullest potential in college, career, and life.

“We appreciate the Stuart Foundation’s and Carnegie Corporation of New York’s support of our collective efforts to improve opportunities and outcomes for Oceanside’s children from cradle to college and through career,” commented Nicole Magnuson, executive director of the Oceanside Promise.  “The entire community benefits when our children succeed, and the Oceanside Promise partners are working together to help ensure every child has equitable access to economic and life opportunities regardless of race, income or ability.”

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June 19 & 25, 2018


The Oceanside Promise partners are joining together to promote the importance of early literacy and to encourage enrollment in high quality early childhood environments during two upcoming Oceanside neighborhood events. Families with young children and students surrounding Libby Lake Park (June 19) and Balderrama Park (June 25) are invited to the events, which are free to the public and will offer FREE food, fun, and literacy-based activities.

WHAT:  The Oceanside Promise’s Love of Literacy Summer Reading Events for Families with Young Children and Students attending Oceanside Unified School District      

WHO:  The Oceanside Promise Partners including Oceanside Unified School District, OUSD’s Nutrition Services, the City of Oceanside, Oceanside Public Library, Education Begins in the Home, Children’s Paradise, The Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside, the Oceanside Art Museum, Vista Community Clinic’s A+ Dental Mobile, SDHHSA’s CalFresh, Nurse Family Partnership, and Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Programs, Palomar Family Counseling, Oceanside Police Department and many more!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19 - 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Libby Lake Park) and Monday, June 25 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Balderrama Park)

WHERE:    Libby Lake Park, 504 Calle Montecito, Oceanside and Balderrama Park, 709 San Diego Street, Oceanside

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:  Guest readers to young children include representatives from the Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside Fire Department, Camp Pendleton, Libby Elementary School, Laurel Elementary School, and Palomar Family Counseling.  Special appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Principal Dyna.

The Oceanside Promise partners are committed to improving the success of young children and students throughout Oceanside.  Our early childhood success efforts are focused on increasing Kindergarten readiness and third grade literacy in our highest poverty, and lowest performing neighborhoods. With a shared vision and aligned resources we believe that we can ensure children and families have the support their need to help every child and student reach their fullest potential in college, career, and life. In-kind and financial support for the events is provided by San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency / Live Well, North County Lifeline, Wal-Mart, and Mission Federal Credit Union.