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Update on The Big Lift February 25, 2014. Last June, asked for a plan to roll out preschool; to match Measure A funds Today will present our plan and.

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1 Update on The Big Lift February 25, 2014

2 Last June, asked for a plan to roll out preschool; to match Measure A funds Today will present our plan and report on fundraising progress First, a quick update on The Big Lift –Growing participation –Working together across silos –Building excitement about helping kids Last June, asked for a plan to roll out preschool; to match Measure A funds Today will present our plan and report on fundraising progress First, a quick update on The Big Lift –Growing participation –Working together across silos –Building excitement about helping kids Background

3 The sobering facts 42% of county 3 rd graders 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 3 rd grade Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Longitudinal Study of Youth 42% of county 3 rd graders 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 3 rd grade Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Longitudinal Study of Youth Why this matters: Before 3 rd grade, children learn to read. After 3 rd grade, they must read to learn. Why this matters: Before 3 rd grade, children learn to read. After 3 rd grade, they must read to learn.

4 The Big Lift Plan Overall Goal: Go from 58% reading at grade level by 3 rd grade to 80% by 2020 Strategy: Pursue a “big lift” on education outcomes via collaboration Provide quality preschool for 3- & 4-year-olds Make a big system policy change Greater readiness Goal: Increase % of children ready for kindergarten from 50% to 80% Greater readiness Goal: Increase % of children ready for kindergarten from 50% to 80% Better attendance Goal: Reduce chronic absence by 50% Better attendance Goal: Reduce chronic absence by 50% Inspiring summers Goal: 80% of kids reading below level attend a quality program Inspiring summers Goal: 80% of kids reading below level attend a quality program Family engagement Goal: integrate family engagement principles county- wide Family engagement Goal: integrate family engagement principles county- wide Sustain progress through The Big Lift Plan

5 o Raise short-term matching funds: 1.New funds: foundations, government, businesses, and individuals Received $550,000 in Race to the Top funds Kellogg, SV2, President Obama’s Social Innovation Fund have already expressed interest in The Big Lift Convening top Bay Area foundations this Spring 2.Leveraged funds: from other county spending on early learning $11 million identified to help support The Big Lift 1.In-kind funds: facilities, technology, professional development from SMC communities and leading businesses o Explore long-term funding: to cover $30-40M per year: Social impact bonds (submitting an application with Irvine Found.) State and Federal sources o Raise short-term matching funds: 1.New funds: foundations, government, businesses, and individuals Received $550,000 in Race to the Top funds Kellogg, SV2, President Obama’s Social Innovation Fund have already expressed interest in The Big Lift Convening top Bay Area foundations this Spring 2.Leveraged funds: from other county spending on early learning $11 million identified to help support The Big Lift 1.In-kind funds: facilities, technology, professional development from SMC communities and leading businesses o Explore long-term funding: to cover $30-40M per year: Social impact bonds (submitting an application with Irvine Found.) State and Federal sources Progress point #1: Implementing our fundraising plan

6 Our emerging PPLC collaborative Strategi c Advisor s Strategi c Advisor s Steering Committee Members of the collaborative School Readi- ness School Readi- ness Inspirin g Summe rs Attend- ance Matters Family & Comm. Engage. Family & Comm. Engage. Our Collaborative Structure Progress point #2: Building community will

7 Our emerging PPLC collaborative Strategi c Advisor s Strategi c Advisor s Progress point #2: Building community will 40+ top county leaders Michael Garb Kitty Lopez Sheryl Young Peter Fortenbaugh Ben Ocon Reverend Thomas Skillings Jan Christensen Dr. Judith Greig Regina Stanback Stroud Joe Ross Tony Roehrick Alisa MacAvoy Amy Gerstein Dr. Craig Baker Ellen Wright Margi Power And more… Jackie Speier Lenny Mendonca Emmett Carson Anne Campbell Carole Groom Erica Wood Bill Youstra Bryan Neider John Adams Rosanne Foust Michael Brownrigg Amy Buckmaster Tom Mohr Memo Morantes Lorne Needle Kerry Lobel Charles Collins Ted Lempert

8 Our emerging PPLC collaborative Strategi c Advisor s Strategi c Advisor s Steering Committee 30+ leaders of education, direct service, & community organizations Progress point #2: Building community will

9 Strategi c Advisor s Strategi c Advisor s Steering Committee Members of the collaborative 90+ county organizations Progress point #2: Building community will

10 Strategi c Advisor s Strategi c Advisor s Steering Committee Members of the collaborative School Readi- ness School Readi- ness Inspirin g Summe rs Attend- ance Matters Family & Comm. Engage. Family & Comm. Engage. 4 work groups: 100+ experts Progress point #2: Building community will

11 Held successful convenings: 100 top county leaders 90 summer program providers 40 school superintendents & assts. 50 school board leaders 7 local community briefings What is planned: o Engage business community o Bay Area Council o Silicon Valley Leadership Group o Chambers of Commerce, SAMCEDA o Progress Seminar in April o Foundations’ convening in Spring o Family & Community orgs. convening Progress point #3: Bringing siloed organizations together behind a common agenda

12 Designed an inclusive process that engages current providers: o Worked with 40 top practitioners and experts in early learning for 6 months e.g. 4Cs, First 5, SMC Community College District, Peninsula YMCA, StarVista, SVCF, PalCare, Peninsula Family Services, SMCOE, SSFUSD, Jefferson Elem., Head Start, Community Gatepath, SMC School Boards Association o Drew on best practices, nationally and Preschool for All in Redwood City and SF o Considered our fit with emerging state and federal initiatives such as TK and Race to the Top, so we could be ready to leverage new funds o Agreed to focus on 11 communities where help is needed most: 1.Bayshore 2.Brisbane 3.Cabrillo 4.Jefferson Elementary 5.La Honda/ Pescadero 6.Pacifica 1.Ravenswood 2.Redwood City 3.San Bruno Park, 4.San Mateo-Foster City 5.South San Francisco Progress point #4: Developed a strong planning process & preschool rollout plan

13 Our approach built on six principles 1. Build on existing preschool programs & supports 2. Get stakeholders to agree on what quality is 3. Adopt a quality rating system that helps preschools improve 4. Start with a manageable number of communities 5. Ask communities and families to make commitments to support good results 6. Use evidence- based strategies Big Lift Preschool Plan

14 The Big Lift Way… We’re changing the system in The Big Lift Way, where everyone: has skin in the game works together leverages all possible resources is accountable for better results for kids We’re changing the system in The Big Lift Way, where everyone: has skin in the game works together leverages all possible resources is accountable for better results for kids 1. Build on existing preschool programs & supports 2. Get stakeholders to agree on what quality is 3. Adopt a quality rating system that helps preschools improve 4. Start with a manageable number of communities 5. Ask communities and families to make commitments to support good results 6. Use evidence-based strategies

15 Plan uses two powerful ways to strengthen SMC preschools 1. Increase quality of existing programs County has a patchwork quilt of preschools of uneven quality Unite them behind a common framework to improve quality 2. Increase access by adding new spaces Short-term, add spaces in existing quality preschool programs Longer-term, add new facilities Increase Quality Increase Access

16 The linchpin: Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) Improvi ng

17 How we will use rating system 1. Assess the programs in our targeted communities 2. Drive continuous improvement in Big Lift sites -- as well as encourage adoption across the county 3. Evaluate progress and ensure accountability 1. Assess the programs in our targeted communities 2. Drive continuous improvement in Big Lift sites -- as well as encourage adoption across the county 3. Evaluate progress and ensure accountability  Tier 3 and above qualify to be Big Lift sites and get funding  Below Tier 3 will be “pipeline sites” and get technical assistance to improve and become eligible for Big Lift sites

18 Fundamental ways The Big Lift will help preschools 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials

19 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 2. High quality professional development for teachers Education, training, coaching, and bachelor’s degree cohort 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 2. High quality professional development for teachers Education, training, coaching, and bachelor’s degree cohort Fundamental ways The Big Lift will help preschools

20 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 2. High quality professional development for teachers Education, training, coaching, and bachelor’s degree cohort 3. Improved facilities To provide a healthy and appropriate learning environment 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 2. High quality professional development for teachers Education, training, coaching, and bachelor’s degree cohort 3. Improved facilities To provide a healthy and appropriate learning environment Fundamental ways The Big Lift will help preschools

21 4 fundamental ways The Big Lift will help preschools 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 2. High quality professional development for teachers Education, training, coaching, and bachelor’s degree cohort 3. Improved facilities To provide a healthy and appropriate learning environment 4. Enhanced, age- appropriate curriculum that supports literacy Addition of early math instruction 1. Direct financial supports to classrooms Including staffing, teacher planning and release time, learning materials 2. High quality professional development for teachers Education, training, coaching, and bachelor’s degree cohort 3. Improved facilities To provide a healthy and appropriate learning environment 4. Enhanced, age- appropriate curriculum that supports literacy Addition of early math instruction

22 Other supports that will be provided Special needs Early screening/connection to services Special needs Early screening/connection to services Dual language learners Health & nutrition Deeper family engagement Assess practices, provide training, Leverage Virtual Pre-K, Raising a Reader Deeper family engagement Assess practices, provide training, Leverage Virtual Pre-K, Raising a Reader

23 The Big Lift funds will be used to: –Create new classrooms in the target communities Facilities costs for new classrooms include: –Ensure classrooms meet or exceed California childcare licensing code (Title 22) –Funds to furnish classrooms with developmentally appropriate furniture and learning materials Leveraged activities: –Potential support and partnerships with the San Mateo Human Services Agency, Rebuilding Together, the San Mateo Building Trades Council The Big Lift funds will be used to: –Create new classrooms in the target communities Facilities costs for new classrooms include: –Ensure classrooms meet or exceed California childcare licensing code (Title 22) –Funds to furnish classrooms with developmentally appropriate furniture and learning materials Leveraged activities: –Potential support and partnerships with the San Mateo Human Services Agency, Rebuilding Together, the San Mateo Building Trades Council Our approach to increasing access

24 Ensuring preschoolers’ gains don’t fade out Work with K-12 on strong transitions, information sharing, attendance, and data for evaluations Engage local summer providers to offer quality experiences Develop partnership with families to support their children’s learning and attendance Work with K-12 on strong transitions, information sharing, attendance, and data for evaluations Engage local summer providers to offer quality experiences Develop partnership with families to support their children’s learning and attendance

25 Evaluating our progress with data We will answer key questions about impact Preschool programs will participate in a data system that captures detailed implementation data Independent evaluation will look at short- and long-term measures of progress and impact We will answer key questions about impact Preschool programs will participate in a data system that captures detailed implementation data Independent evaluation will look at short- and long-term measures of progress and impact

26 Initial Target Goals Goals: cumulative quality preschool spaces by year Year Two 2020 Year One 5600 enhanced spaces 3000 new spaces Total: 8600 new spaces enhanced spaces Total:

27 Budget Big Lift two- year budget: $10M

28 $11 million in leveraged funds identified  Federal and state preschool funds  First 5 Bridges to Success  First 5 EQuIP  Race to the Top  AB 212 Teacher training and retention  Federal and state preschool funds  First 5 Bridges to Success  First 5 EQuIP  Race to the Top  AB 212 Teacher training and retention

29 Our community selection process Goal: An objective process, rigorous enough to identify communities that can produce results Step 1: Invite the eleven identified communities to an information session Step 2: Ask communities to collaborate and submit an application School district’s readiness to support transitions and collect data Community’s ability to match some funds support summer learning Including new $, in-kind donations like facilities, or leveraged funds Step 2: Ask communities to collaborate and submit an application School district’s readiness to support transitions and collect data Community’s ability to match some funds support summer learning Including new $, in-kind donations like facilities, or leveraged funds Step 3: Create a selection committee representing a range of community leaders

30 “We need to start early - even before kindergarten - to nurture children’s natural curiosity. It’s a first step in creating the skilled workforce that allows the U.S. to compete globally.” -- Rick Stephens, Senior VP, Human Resources, Boeing

31 It is a big lift, but SMC can do it


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