Posted on June 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Clay Curtin
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation
recently awarded a $270,000 grant to the Belle Haven Child Development Center
to implement The Big Lift
program model for fiscal year 2016-17. In 2014, The Big Lift program launched to improve third grade reading proficiency through strategic, thoughtful and evidence-based investments in early learning and education. The Big Lift involves a collective impact approach in which the Ravenswood City School District will collaborate with various preschool programs, such as the Belle Haven Child Development Center, to improve third grade reading success in the community over the long term. The Big Lift model will specifically focus on four strategic outcomes including high-quality preschool, family engagement, inspiring summers and attendance matters. This grant includes a required scope of work for enhancing services to the 96 children enrolled at the Belle Haven Child Development Center. The grant provides funding for additional resources such as classroom supplies, equipment, staff laptops, a full-time teacher aide position, a contracted office assistant to help meet data reporting requirements, training for parents and staff as well as contracting with a family engagement consultant to support these families. With this grant and grant funding already received from the California Department of Education, the Belle Haven Child Development Center
will receive over a million dollars in reimbursable grant funding for fiscal year 2016-17, which is very exciting news for the Belle Haven community.