All In for Bright Beginnings

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community

“It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.”
― Angela Y. Davis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle

As we find ourselves in a moment to lean more than ever into the Bright Beginnings’ values of equity and co-creation; culturally responsive and trauma-informed approaches; and holistic, informed and results-driven solutions, I am honored and humbled to share some news.

Inspired by the amazing work of steadfast early childhood development champions — like you — and over a year of recruiting for a new lead, I have realized that the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative is where I am called to be for the long-run.

Today I am officially fully on board in role as lead for Bright Beginnings. Guided by Angela Davis’ words, I know that together, we will rise even higher in this unprecedented time to transform early care and learning systems, so that all children – regardless of the color of their skin and despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic – have what they need to be ready for life, ready to learn.

Thank you for your warm welcome and dedication to the children of Monterey County.

With commitment,

Sonja Koehler 
Lead, Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative