Robin Fairfield describes what first five means to her.

What are some best practices that you have implemented in order to build partnerships in your community?

In Riverside County, right now I am so proud of the partnerships that we have with First 5 Riverside and our Consortium for Early Learning Services. So we work together, three entities, in the name of Quality Start Riverside.

We have built a consortia of a number of professionals in the field to work on building quality in all of our classrooms. I love the fact that they like to partner with other agencies. We have a very strong partnership with First 5 in Riverside, and in fact we’re so strong, it’s almost like we’re a family. I also love the fact that they’re very organized, they are on top of all of their initiatives, they’re focused, and they work so well with us.

What have been some highlights of the summit so far for you?

This summit has been probably one of the best summits I’ve been to. At every workshop I’ve attended, I’ve met up with people I haven’t talked to in years and we’re able to catch up and passionately talk about all our projects. It’s so good to see so many people who already have knowledge coming together to gain more knowledge.

Riverside County Office of Education