Research Related to The Big Lift


Grade-Level Reading

Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading, The Annie E. Casey Foundation →


Collective Impact

“Collective Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, John Kania & Mark Kramer, Winter 2011 →

“Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, John Kania & Mark Kramer, January 21, 2013 →



Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education, Society for Research in Child Development & Foundation for Child Development, Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al, October 2013 →

Lessons from Research and Classroom: Implementing High-Quality Pre-K that Makes a difference for Young Children, by Jim Minervino, Ready On Day One, September 2014, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation →

"Early Learning That Sticks," Jim Minervino, Ready on Day One, presentation to The Big Lift, July 26, 2016 


Economic Benefits

Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten, Robert G. Lynch, 2007 →

Informing Investments in Preschool Quality and Access in Cincinnati: Evidence of Impacts and Economic Returns from National, State, and Local Preschool Programs, Lynn A. Karoly and Anamarie Auger, RAND Corporation, 2016. →

"The Return on Investment Model for The Big Lift," Stanford Graduate School of Business, July 23, 2015 



Present, Engaged, and Accounted For, The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, Hedy N. Chang & Mariajosé Romero, September 2008 →



Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning, Jennifer Sloan McCombs et al, June 2011 →


Family Engagement

Parental Involvement and Student Achievement: A Meta-Analysis, William H. Jeynes, December 2005 →

What We Do, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation →


County Data on Children

2014-15 California County Scorecard, San Mateo County, Children Now, October 29, 2014 →