Our early learning transformation is focused on four key pillars: providing high-quality preschool and summer learning, reducing absenteeism, and increasing family engagement. The Big Lift initiative starts with 2 years of high-quality preschool, followed by 3 years of “inspiring summers” programs. Family engagement initiatives support students’ literacy skills, and collaborative interventions promote the importance of school attendance.
Key Pillars to Success
Our model includes four evidence-based key programs that work together from preschool to third grade to improve the development of San Mateo students’ reading proficiency level.
Two years of high-quality preschool for children from families with limited resources.
Evidenced-based summer learning programs enabling kids to build on academic success’.
Supporting family engagement strategies that promote family-school partnering, literacy, and kindergarten readiness.
Collaborative efforts helping families understand the importance of preschool to early elementary school attendance.
Serving San Mateo County Youth
The Big Lift serves 3,000 children each year in seven San Mateo County communities. Over 300 organizations and people partner with The Big Lift in supporting the children of San Mateo County to be confident and successful readers by the end of third-grade.
- South San Francisco
- La Honda-Pescadero
- Daly City
- Redwood City-North Fair Oaks
- San Bruno Park
- East Palo Alto-Belle Haven
- Half Moon Bay
More likely to be ready for kindergarten than kids without preschool
Months of gained reading skills
Of Big Lift families read together at least four times per week
Increased days of school attendance
Big Lift children are more likely to be ready for kindergarten, gain academic skills during the summer, read more, and have fewer absences compared to children who don’t attend Big Lift programming.