Angela Glore describes what first five means to her.

What do you love most about First 5?

I think First 5 offers the opportunity for every child in California to have an equal start in life. To me, that means every child can succeed and has what they need to succeed. We may not have gotten there yet, but we’re definitely on our way. I love coming to this Summit. This is the second time I’ve been able to come to a First 5 Summit. I think one of the great things here, is that each of our First 5 counties work on different things. We all have similar goals but we all have counties with different needs. We can take one idea that is working in a county and modify that idea to work for our county as well. That’s one of the ways that First 5 is amazing, because we have on-the-ground experience in every corner of California.

What has your county done in order to improve school readiness?

One of the initiatives we’ve been working on for a long time now is our literacy project. We had dismal third-grade reading levels for a while and people were trying different things that weren’t working well. There was a realization that we really needed to understand what was happening before we could offer a solution. So what we did is we went out out and actually talked to families. We interviewed 27 families across the county, which might not sound like a lot but we’re a county of 28,000 people.

Del Mar County is really isolated, we’re up on the coast of the Oregon border. So getting to most other California counties we actually have to go to Oregon first. For us to be connected through First 5 is such a valuable thing for us and we also have something to offer because of our unique community. I think one of the great things about Del Norte is that we have really strong connections with our tribal communities, which just doesn’t happen in most other counties. We have been a leader in working with our local tribal education departments and their councils. Ultimately, I think that’s one of the things we can bring to the statewide table.

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