Raechelle Bowlay Sutton describes what first five means to her.

What do you love most about First 5?

I love that First 5 looks at the whole child and families as they grow up. So, it’s not just early care and education, it’s family and the dynamics we need to support our society.

What has your agency done to increase school readiness?

The San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council, in partnership with families in the community, plan and promote the highest quality services for children and youth. Most notably what we’re working on right now is Quality Counts, which is our local quality rating and improvement system. The Planning Council serves as the lead implementing agency for that. We’re helping programs and looking at how we can best support them. We want to improve their quality and help the families and children that they serve.

What are you most looking forward to at this Summit?

What I love about the First 5 Summit is the opportunity for our entire team to come together. We have all of our partner agencies here: the County Office of Education, the Planning Council, our Resource and Referral, and our local First 5, and our Community College. These partners have all sent representatives so that we can be here together to see the bigger vision for our state and implement it within our county.

San Luis Obispo County Quality Counts