Celebrating the Launch of The Big Lift, a Bold Social Venture to Transform Early Learning in San Mateo County

More than 300 San Mateo County leaders in education, government and business gathered on May 27 to mark the launch of The Big Lift, a nationally recognized initiative to ensure that all children in the county can read proficiently by third grade, paving the way for their future success and helping the county create a diverse and educated workforce. 
 
More than $4.3 million is being awarded to preschool providers and school districts in four communities, which will develop programs to serve nearly 900 preschool students. The districts that were selected in a competitive process to receive grants are Cabrillo Unified School District, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, Jefferson Elementary School District and South San Francisco Unified School District.
 
The Big Lift is led by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the San Mateo County Office of Education, the County of San Mateo and a network of funders and service providers devoted to improving outcomes for children in the county. With the initial Big Lift grants, recipient districts and their co-lead agencies will work together to develop high-quality preschool and summer programs, focus on reducing absenteeism and engage parents and the broader community to support learning in school and at home.
 
To read more about The Big Lift, visit www.thebiglift.org.