Susan Presba-Morris describes what first five means to her.

What does First 5 mean to you?

First 5 means a world of opportunity and a chance to make a difference with developing children. The impact and power that we can give these children to help them develop is essential.

What has your county done to increase school readiness?

Two years ago, we started the Early Literacy Campaign. This campaign was started because we recognized reading levels were lacking, and set a goal to have children at a third grade reading level by 2023. That was our initial goal, and we set forth working on family interviews, which resulted in a large study. I was a part of this on the ground floor as an educator and now I continue to be involved and hold a strong interest in making it happen. So, that’s a huge initiative we’re working on.

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