Frieda Brands describes what first five means to her.

What does First 5 mean to you?

What I love about First 5 is that they are promoting health and early learning for our youngest children. It’s great to be a part of that and it’s great to help promote the initiatives in our area.

What are the key initiatives in your county in promoting early childhood education?

I can see a lot of growth in our area and in our community. I’ve been in my current position for almost nine years now, so I’ve seen the changes in the community and what we’ve been offering to our families. I’m very excited about the Strengthening Families Initiative and our Parent Café’s. Those have been a big hit with families in our community, and I believe it’s going to make them become more resilient.

What are you looking forward to for this summit?

I believe this summit is important and will hopefully highlight the need for partnerships and the need for collaboration. We all need to rally around the same initiatives with partners that are near and dear to our heart. What’s most important to me is connecting my local school district, my city council, the Board of Supervisors, legislators, and of course First 5 Riverside, our local County Office of Education.

All of these entities have been a great support to Early Childhood and to our programs. So I’m very excited to be here to learn more about how to form partnerships, and how to keep great things happening for our children and families in the community.

Lake Elsinore, USD