A True Collaborative Effort:

The Big Lift was launched by the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC), a coalition of government, education, nonprofit, foundation and business leaders committed to improving the health and well-being of the children and youth in San Mateo County.  The PPLC first developed a bill of rights for the children and youth of San Mateo County that was later adopted as a statewide resolution.  Then the group turned its attention to making the bill of rights actionable in San Mateo County, focusing on the inflection point of third grade reading proficiency and its link to children’s success.  The PPLC named this initiative “The Big Lift.”

Program Implementation & Evaluation

Andrea Jones
Initiative Officer, The Big Lift
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Elisa Espinoza
Manager, Communications and Business Development
Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Center for Early Learning

Diana Harlick
Coordinator, Early Learning Quality Improvement Initiatives (ELSS)
San Mateo County Office of Education

Alyson Suzuki
Administrator, Early Learning Support Services (ELSS)
San Mateo County Office of Education

The RAND Corporation 

The Big Lift Leadership

Nancy Magee
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools 

Carole Groom
President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

Erica Wood
Chief Community Impact Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation