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San Mateo County “The Big Lift”. Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. Welcome Community Leaders. Jackie Speier Video. Proud to call San Mateo County home. One of most prosperous counties (top 1%) in the country A world leader in technology and innovation - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


What we learned from the interviews

Peninsula Partnership Leadership CouncilSan Mateo County

The Big Lift

Welcome Community Leaders

Jackie Speier Video

Proud to call San Mateo County home

But many children struggle in school

One of most prosperous counties (top 1%) in the countryA world leader in technology and innovationStepped up to provide universal healthcare coverage for children

The facts42% of county 3rd graders, 3000 children, are not reading proficiently 60%+ for Latino, African American, and Pacific Islander children

Source: Dataquest

Those behind tend to stay behind 88% of dropouts could not read proficiently by 3rd grade

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics National Longitudinal Study of Youth

Why this matters: Before 3rd grade, children learn to read. After 3rd grade, they must read to learn.

The cost42% of the countys kids will struggle academically or may drop outThey are likely to be under-employed or unemployed throughout their lives

The cost? Lower productivity and competitiveness Lower tax revenue and higher social costs More crime and spending on prisons

Costs will growKey trends:

Fewer childrenFewer people moving hereSurging numbers of retirees

Will trigger crises in:

Workforce replacementShrinking tax base

Source: Pitkin-Myers California Generational Projections

State population growth: 2010-30Implication: We must educate every child because our future depends on it65+Why cant the kids read?

Many assume it is the schools fault, but: 50% of our children are not ready for kindergarten Lack critical academic, social and emotional skillsSource: School Readiness and Student Achievement: A Longitudinal Analysis of Santa Clara and San Mateo County StudentsKey insight: There is no system from birth to 4. Our education system has not changedWe compete globally, but the U.S. has a patchwork non-system from birth to 4,when critical learning must take place.

U.S. ranked 26th in preschool participation 3300 county kids who qualify dont have access 60% of county parents now work full-time

Key insight: If we were designing the school system today, it would start at age 3.Sources: OECD; : School Readiness and Student Achievement: A Longitudinal Analysis of Santa Clara and San Mateo County Students

100%Kindergarten - Ready for school3rd grade -Reading at grade level12th grade % graduate from high school50%Children from lower income familiesChildren from higher & middle income familiesopportunity gapKindergarten3rdtimeBirthChildren who did not attend quality preschoolChildren who attended quality preschoolOpportunity gapacademicprogressThe opportunity gapA systems response to a systems problemQuality preschool for all 3 and 4 year-olds

All-day kindergarten, currently optional, should be standard

And childrens reading progress must be sustained by:Addressing chronic absencesProviding quality summer programs

The ROI on the right start Research shows investment in early education returns more than $8 for every dollar spent

San Mateo County respondsPeninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC)

A multi-sector, county-wide collaborative

Focused on collective action to improve 3rd grade reading

The Big LiftSupporters Now: 500

By 2015: 25KOur PPLC collaborative is strong & growing50 members30 members4 active workgroups135 members85 orgs.250 nowBy 2015: 25K Provide quality preschool for underserved 3- and 4-year-olds

Make big system policy changeGreater readiness

Goal: Increase kids ready for kindergarten from 50% to 80%

Better attendance

Goal: Reduce chronic absence by 50%

Inspiring summers

Goal: 80% of kids reading below level attend a quality enrichment programs

Sustain progress throughThe Big Lift Plan

Overall Goal: Go from 58% reading at grade level by 3rd grade to 80% by 2020

Overall Strategy: Pursue a big lift on educational outcomes via collaborationThe Big Lift Plan

Develop an awareness campaign on importance of reading well by 3rd grade

Conven community leaders to work together on this initiative

starting in communities that need them most

What the PPLC collaborative will do Develop an awareness campaign Convene Spread promising initiatives,132At The Big Lift convening, 100 top community leaders said they would publicly support us

50 of them volunteered to be our Strategic Advisors

The Board of Supervisors allocated $10 million in Measure A fundsContingent on developing detailed plans and raising matching funds

Now working on the preschool model and raising matching funds

Also working on sustainable long-term public funding options

Results to date


42% of our 3rd graders arent reading proficiently due to an opportunity gap The cost of the opportunity gap is high: we needs the skills of every childWe need a systems response to a systems problemThe ROI? Better educational outcomes for all children; greater prosperityTarget Video

It is a big lift, but we can do it

The Big Lift Plan

Overall Goal: Go from 58% reading at grade level by 3rd grade to 80% by 2020

Overall Strategy: Pursue a big lift on education outcomes via collaborationProvide quality preschool for 3- & 4-year-oldsMake big system policy changesGreater readinessGoal: Increase % of children ready for kindergarten from 50% to 80%

-Strategy #1: Develop the case for preschool

-Strategy #2: Create a quality preschool model & rollout plan-Strategy #3 Develop a plan to improve the transition to kindergarten

Better attendanceGoal: Reduce chronic absence by 50%

-Strategy #1: Engage school districts annually

-Strategy #2: Share best practices & recommend system changes

Inspiring summersGoal: 80% of kids reading below level attend a quality program

-Strategy #1: Make the case for quality summer programs

-Strategy #2: Build a network of program providers to improve quality & access

Family engagementGoal: achieve 50% awareness among families of the best practices

-Strategy #1: Develop principles of family engagement

-Strategy #2: Engage local leaders to get the word out -Strategy #3: Convene groups who support families to create a culture of readingSustain progress throughThe Big Lift PlanChildhood Video


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