Early Learning: LEARN – SHARE – PLEDGE

Ninety percent of child’s brain is already developed by age 5. Children’s earliest experiences have long-lasting effects on their potential to succeed in life.

That’s why First 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission, is committed to ensuring our youngest children in Riverside County have the best start in life. To shapanel2re early learning work, challenges and opportunities in the Riverside County Third Supervisorial District, First 5 Riverside recently hosted a Quality Start – Riverside County panel discussion with experts, policymakers and other community stakeholders.

Debbie Clark-Crews, Executive Director of the Riverside County Child Care Consortium and First 5 Riverside Commissioner, moderated the conversation with Chuck Washington – Third District Supervisor and First 5 Riverside Commissioner, Margot Grant Gould – Policy Director for the First 5 Association of California, Sharon Baskett – Assistant Superintendent, Riverside County Office of Education Division of Early Childhood Education Services, and Tim Ritter – Superintendent of Temecula Valley Unified School District.


Just how important is are quality early learning experiences? Well, if we change the first five years, we can change everything!

Check out what these five numbers have to do with early childhood development. Early learning partners throughout California are aligning and discussing solutions, including how rating and improvement systems fit in. Locally, Quality Start – Riverside County is emerging to increase quality in child care centers, homes, preschools and other early learning environments.

To increase our impact on Riverside County’s youngest children, stakeholders are invited to pledge to become champions for children, stay updated and get involved.

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