In the dynamic landscape of early childhood development, First 5 San Mateo County (F5SMC) is proud to welcome a new commissioner, San Mateo County Supervisor, Noelia Corzo, whose personal journey has fueled her commitment to championing the well-being of young children and families. Supervisor Corzo was excited to share her background, motivations, and aspirations for her role in shaping the future of F5SMC.
Tell me about your experiences with First 5 as a parent and as a commissioner. What have you learned?
NC: Becoming a mother at the age of 20 while pursuing an education at San Francisco (SF) State, I intimately understand the challenges faced by young parents. Access to childcare at SF State played a pivotal role in my ability to complete my degree, kickstart my career, and provide a stable foundation for my son. My firsthand experience with the impact of quality early childhood education inspires my dedication to the mission and values of F5SMC.
As a former school board member and current county supervisor, I bring a unique perspective to the F5SMC team. My personal journey, raising my child in San Mateo County, aligns with the organization’s mission to serve and support low-income, head-of-household families, especially those that mirror my own experiences.
Why is it important that First 5 San Mateo County provides families with early childhood services?
NC: Providing families with early childhood services through First 5 San Mateo County is important because it holds the transformative power to not only positively impact individual family members’ lives, but to shape the entire trajectory of a child.
Early childhood services play an essential role in addressing and closing gaps that can already exist by the time children enter kindergarten or preschool. These services become a powerful tool in bridging the gap in social skills and learning, and they are a foundational element that significantly influences a child’s educational future, and the future of our county.
By intervening early, First 5 San Mateo County ensures that every child, regardless of their background, has the opportunity for equitable and stable development, setting the stage for a successful educational journey.
What do you hope for the future of First 5? How do you see your work with and for children and families continuing in the near future?
NC: My hope for the future of First 5 San Mateo County is more investment in early childhood and young families. This would allow for services to expand and better serve the needs of families. This would allow for even more people to know about the services First 5 San Mateo County offers.
As a commissioner, my work aligns with the collective effort of the First 5 San Mateo County team, to address community concerns faster. My unique perspective as a county supervisor gives me a deep understanding of the importance of quality childcare. Because of this, I’m committed to contributing to the progress of bringing more childcare options to San Mateo County.
My vision is one of growth, increased impact, and a continued commitment to supporting the well-being of children and families through my role at First 5.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share with the First 5 San Mateo County community?
NC: I am genuinely impressed with the unwavering commitment to equity and thoughtfulness that shows in all aspects of First 5’s work. It makes my role on the board a fulfilling experience. I am eager to contribute even more and actively propel First 5 San Mateo County forward. I am particularly passionate about expanding childcare options in our county. I believe that by working collaboratively, we can address this critical need and further enhance the support we provide to children and families in our community. It’s heartening to see the progress we’ve made and the potential for even greater impact ahead.