ABOUT

Who We Are

Strong Start is a coalition of community leaders, early education providers, nonprofit organizations, elected officials, members of the business community, and other key stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high quality early learning opportunities for all children age 0 to 8 in Santa Clara County.
The coalition looks for local, state, and national solutions to help increase access to high quality early education and conducts advocacy efforts at the state level to encourage increased investments in early learning.

Strong Start is an initiative of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and builds upon the strong leadership of its many partners in the field of early education.

Our Mission

To ensure that all children age 0 to 8 in Santa Clara County have access to high quality early education opportunities.

Our Objectives

  • Increase public understanding of the importance, economic impact, and community benefits of high quality early learning programs; and
  • Increase support and expansion of access to high quality early learning programs for all children in Santa Clara County for at least two years prior to kindergarten.

Leadership Team

Jon R. Gundry

County Superintendent of Schools

Santa Clara County Office of Education

 

Mike Wasserman

Supervisor, District 1

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

 

Derrick Seaver

Executive Vice President

San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce

 

Jolene Smith

Chief Executive Officer

FIRST5 Santa Clara County

 

Erica Wood

Chief Community Impact Officer

Silicon Valley Community Fund