After 11 years of working with us, our Early Childhood Education Program Officer, Debi Silverman, has taken a new position with First 5 California and will be relocating to Sacramento.  Tomorrow is her last day at First 5 Contra Costa.

Debi’s early childhood expertise has influenced a significant portion of our work, and improved the lives of thousands of children in Contra Costa County.  Take a look at some of her many accomplishments!

Debi started at First 5 in 2002…

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She led the charge to support early care professionals and improve the quality of child care in Contra Costa County:

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With her determination and can-do attitude, she managed to convince four large school districts that school readiness begins well before kindergarten entry and created school readiness programs to help low-income children start school fully prepared. Our family literacy preschools are one legacy of that effort.

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Debi created our Tigo school readiness character and kit to provide parents with tools and information to help them be their child’s first teachers:

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She oversaw the creation of our Preschool Makes a Difference program, which provides scholarships for low-income children to attend high-quality preschool.  She later helped secure a $6.1 million grant to expand the program, which now provides over 150 scholarships each year.

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Her work in Contra Costa will have an impact on young children for many years to come!

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At least we’re keeping Debi in the First 5 family. Imagine the impact she’s going to make on a statewide level when it comes to quality early learning:

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One thought on “Good-Bye Debi!

  1. Thank you Debbie for all of your help and support during these 11 years. I am going to miss you. My childcare life will not be the same without your support.

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