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Liftoff Western New York

Preparing our children to thrive

At Liftoff, we work with existing community organizations and initiatives to ensure that by the time children reach kindergarten, they are prepared to reach their fullest potential. We’re comprised of early childhood funders and leaders from across all sectors of Western New York—and we’re committed to helping our children succeed.


All children will be school ready, meeting their physical, social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones and are prepared to learn and succeed at their fullest potential.


Liftoff promotes and enhances high-quality early childhood development for all children by integrating practice, policy, research and resources.



We use creative problem-solving and innovative solutions to achieve our mission.


We are stronger and more effective when we work together leveraging our shared resources.


We listen and treat each other with dignity, compassion, integrity and respect.


We apply a racial equity lens to inform our policy priorities, practices and actions.


We use strategic thinking and focused action to achieve our mission.

Liftoff's Approach

Working together with partners across Western New York, we strive to be thought leaders and catalysts for meaningful action so that the systems changes achieved today will reverberate throughout our communities for generations to come:

  1. Develop a community-wide action plan that serves as a roadmap to meeting early childhood goals.
  2. Build awareness of early childhood development by highlighting data, programs, and initiatives of the region.
  3. Mobilize WNY business, health, nonprofit, government and faith leaders to champion comprehensive early childhood system reforms.
  4. Engage elected officials and policymakers to further their support of our focus areas.
  5. Partner with Help Me Grow WNY to ensure a well-functioning and responsive system of care and support for young children and their families.
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