Leading Educational Attainment for Families Initiative
10 Education Essentials

Since 2004, Orange County Business Councils’ Leading Educational Attainment (LEA) for Families Initiative has been equipping Orange County families to help their children navigate the road to college and a successful future. For families new to the school system in California and the United States, the 10 Education Essentials workbook empowers families to be the best advocates for their children’s education, preparing them for their future—whether it’s attending community college, a four-year university or career education. Through a collaborative effort led by Orange County Business Council, local businesses and the education community have formed a commitment to this initiative that prepares Orange County’s workforce where it all begins—at home.

LEA Accomplishments

  • Developed and printed 30,000 copies of the 10 Educational Commandments for Parents workbook (original title) in English and Spanish.
  • Translated 4th edition into Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.
  • Working toward fifth translation of the workbook—Arabic—in 2023.
  • Encouraged and empowered over 15,000 families with the 10 Education Essentials
  • Participated in the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
  • Highlighted LEA as a promising practice program at the Orange County State of Education Forum.
  • Recipient of the 2009 Estrella Award in Education from the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


For Teachers

Sample Training Manual – English


For Families

Sample 10 Education Essentials Workbook – English
Sample 10 Education Essentials Workbook – Español

Leading Education Attainment (LEA) Modules are available in different languages. Click your language of preference below to use an LEA module:




The Leading Educational Attainment Initiative and materials—workbooks, modules—are made possible through the generosity of business and community partners. Whether it’s donating their time, in-kind donations, or financial support, together these partners are helping to bring families together for one goal—a bright future for their students and our workforce.

Funding Partners
AT&T    Chevron    Orange County Community Foundation    Southern California Gas Company    U.S. Bank

Community Partners
Orange County Business Council    Orange County Department of Education    The Orange County Register & Excelsior

Education Partners
Anaheim Elementary School District
Brea Olinda Unified School District
Broadway Productions
Buena Park School District
Centralia Elementary School District
Fullerton School District
Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Garden Grove Unified School District
Huntington Beach Union High School District
Huntington Beach City School District
Joya Scholars
Laguna Beach Unified School District
Magnolia School District
Parent Union
Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Santa Ana College/Padres Promotores
Westminster School District


“For me, this information has been very important. I learned that it is essential for my children to have a college education and to gain the necessary skills for their future careers. I also learned that I play a key role in my children’s education and now I have the tools to support them all the way through college and to their career. I am a proud and empowered parent!”

– LEA Parent 


The Ten Education Essentials helped my parents ensure not only my success in school but also my siblings. It taught them how to advocate for us as well as how to spark the importance of education among other parents. I honestly believe that this is a big reason why my siblings and I were able to go to college and pursue a career and why I am now a strong advocate for all residents in Orange County to have access to quality education, and to be college and career ready.

Jocelin Jimenez, Workforce Engagement Manager, Orange County United Way

Leading Educational Attainment for Families Committee

The Leading Educational Attainment for Families (LEA) Committee works with schools and community partners to discuss best practices and to develop solutions that make the program more accessible throughout Orange County and beyond.

Cedric Williams, SoCalGas

OCBC Staff
Jesse Ben-Ron, Vice President, Business Initiatives 
Emily Jackson, Business Initiatives Specialist 

Connect With Us

For more information about LEA Workbooks and the LEA Initiative, contact Emily Jackson, Business Initiatives Specialist at [email protected] or (949) 794-7245.