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In 2013, San Mateo County leaders made a bold commitment to help all our kids succeed and participate in the booming Silicon Valley knowledge economy. Since then, we have raised over $30 million dollars. Over 300 organizations have joined the effort. We call it The Big Lift and we need you behind it.

 
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The turning point comes surprisingly early.

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The turning point comes surprisingly early.

 
 

Reading Proficiency Among 3rd Graders in San Mateo County, 2014–2015

Up to 3rd grade, kids learn to read. After, they must read to learn.  

This is a critical turning point where we lose children we need for our knowledge economy. This is not a minor issue. 50% of our county’s children are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade.

 
 
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A bold social venture that aims to transform early learning.

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A bold social venture that aims to transform early learning.

 

The Big Lift combines high-quality and connected learning experiences from preschool to third grade.

Our plan combines two years of high-quality preschool and programs to reduce chronic absence, to end summer learning loss, and to engage families and the broader community to support learning in school and at home.

 
 
 
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Lift with us.

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Over 300 organizations are involved.

All of San Mateo County is getting behind The Big Lift, including leaders from business, government, education, philanthropy and nonprofits. We’ve already accomplished much more together than we could by ourselves.

$30 million in initial funding raised.

In the past two years, we’ve been awarded two major grants based on our plan’s strength and the extraordinary community-wide collaboration behind it. In fact, The Big Lift is one of the nation’s most watched models to give kids a stronger start. 

 

 

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