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Key Pillars

The Big Lift, San Mateo County’s early childhood education effort, administers four evidence-based programs with the aim of increasing students reading proficiently by the end of third grade. This collective impact initiative provides high-quality preschool, summer learning, family engagement, and attendance programming to our youngest learners from families facing great economic challenges.

Key Pillars to Success

High-Quality Preschool

The Big Lift high-quality preschool program serves 1,900 kids ages 3-5 years old at 35 sites enabling the children who attend Big Lift preschools to be more likely to be ready for kindergarten than kids who don’t attend preschool.

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Inspiring Summers

The Big Lift Inspiring Summers program serves 1,200 rising kindergarten to 3rd-grade students at nine sites. The Inspiring Summers program aim is to accelerate and increase academic and socio-emotional levels in scholars before the beginning of the new school year, as well as to interrupt the well-documented summer learning slide.

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Family Engagement

The Big Lift family engagement effort serves the families of 1,900 students from 92 classrooms to promote reading at home and support family involvement in their children’s education.

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The Big Lift attendance efforts serve 6,683 students as the attendance programming extends to all The Big Lift communities’ preschool to 2nd-grade classrooms. The attendance program provides families with personalized attendance messaging, as well as parent education regarding early grade attendance benefits.

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