The Big Lift

The Big Lift is a preschool to third-grade collective impact initiative in San Mateo County, California. Launched in 2012 by the County of San Mateo, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), and the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), the initiative aims to boost third grade reading proficiency through a set of four coordinated activities, called “pillars”: 1) High-Quality Preschool; 2) Summer Learning; 3) School Attendance; and 4) Family Engagement. The Big Lift is working intensively with 96 preschool classrooms serving 2,000 children annually in seven school districts to improve quality, deepen family engagement, and help ensure more at-risk kids show up at kindergarten ready to thrive in school and in life. The Big Lift summer program provides a full-day, five-week summer program to low-income rising kindergartners through third-graders in these same districts, using an evidence-based literacy curriculum created by BELL in the morning and a STEM-focused enrichment component in the afternoon provided by the San Mateo County Library.

Learn more on The Big Lift's website.

Diana Harlick

Coordinator, Early Learning Quality Improvement Initiatives (ELSS)


Phone: (650) 802-5642