California’s youngest learners got some good news with Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment on May 30 of Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George Halvorson to the First 5 California Commission. As a member of the Bay Area Council Executive Committee and Chair of our Early Childhood Education Committee, Halvorson has been a champion of our efforts to improve early childhood education. First 5 is focused on educating parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children’s first years and providing services and support that are designed to ensure that more children are born healthy and reach their full potential. In a statement applauding Halvorson’s appointment, Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman said: “George Halvorson is a visionary leader and consensus builder who understands there is almost no better investment we can make in our future than investing early in the health and education of all children.” To engage in our early childhood education policy work, contact Vice President Matt Regan.

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