In 2012, San Mateo County leaders were devastated to learn that only 25% of children from low-income families were reading proficiently in 3rd-grade, a critical benchmark for lifetime success. Working together, over 300 community partners turned the collective dismay into action and The Big Lift was formed, one of the most ambitious literacy projects in the nation. The Big Lift is what happens when people and institutions focus on working together to achieve dramatic social change.
The Big Lift collaborative is led by the County of San Mateo, the San Mateo County Office of Education, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. These three lead agencies have been working together since the mid-1990s, when they formed the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC). From PPLC to The Big Lift, these agencies have partnered with more than 300 organizations and 450 county leaders to improve educational outcomes for children in poverty.
- Manager, Communication and Business Development, Center for Early Learning
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- Senior Legislative Aide to Supervisor Groom
- County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors
- Coordinator, Early Learning Quality Improvement Initiatives (ELSS)
- San Mateo County Office of Education