Kaleem Caire is an accomplished trailblazer, social entrepreneur and national leader in K-12 education reform, economic and workforce development and community transformation. He is the founder and chief executive officer of One City Early Learning Centers, a 21st-century preschool aimed at eliminating the racial achievement gap at its core. Kaleem was born and raised in Madison and is a fifth-generation Madisonian. He grew up on Madison’s South Side and attended Franklin Elementary (76-77), St. James School (77-84), Cherokee Middle (84-85) and West High Schools (85-89). He is also a 2000 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s of science degree in education and holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School.
Prior to developing One City, Kaleem served as President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison in Madison, WI where he successfully implemented several new education and workforce training programs, initiatives and partnerships, and catalyzed the Greater Madison community to address persistent racial disparities in education and employment during his tenure. Prior to the Urban League, Kaleem was co-founder and CEO of Next Generation Education Foundation, a Bowie, Maryland based nonprofit organization that addresses the educational and career development needs of young men. Kaleem has also held executive leadership positions with Target Corporation, Fight For Children of Washington, DC, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). Prior to BAEO, Kaleem served as project director with the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), an educational consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Madison (WI) Metropolitan School District, and director of national initiatives with the American Education Reform Council.
To prepare young children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, and ensure they enter grade school reading-ready. A Greater Madison community where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults.