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All children having optimal early learning experiences, building an education system, systems thinking, leadership challenges, my newly wedded husband, family and our furry babies, Packers football, Michigan State basketball and University of AZ!
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I have the most beautiful Paint horse! She became mine when I was a teenager and she is now 26 years young, so we literally grew up together. So fortunate to have her!
Senior Regoinal Director, Southeast Area
First Things First
"Always keep in mind that every person has a story."
Jessica Brisson resides in Tucson and is the Senior Regional Director of the Southeast Area with First Things First, created by Arizona voters to partner with families and communities to help young children be ready for kindergarten and beyond. Prior to joining FTF in 2008, her career focused on advocating for young children and families through diverse positions that included working in areas of child welfare, education and non-profit. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Jessica recently married her soul mate, Adam, a high school math teacher.
Hi Pam! Thank you so much for passing along the link to the video. I had an opportunity to watch and it was so incredibly inspiring! I appreciated the stories of each parent as well as some of the data that demonstrates why we need to support families in these situations. It was a wonderful demonstration of the realities and challenges parents of young children face while attending higher education. Thank you for sharing!
I was so interested in your submission- thanks so much for sharing! I can really understand the additional struggles higher education students with young children face from your submission. I appreciate the thought you provide around added supports to parents to ensure graduation. I think it's a strong point that many of your solutions are driven by students through various ways you are soliciting their feedback and responses.
Thank you, Carol for your submission. I find your proposed project so interesting! I appreciate the mention of the library hubs. I was wondering if you are aware of an engaging and strengths-based early literacy program for young children and families called Raising A Reader? It's an evidence-based program that may be very complementary to implement with this approach you are proposing.