First 5 Orange County featured in Katie Porter profile in Fast Company magazine

Aug 12, 2021 | News & Announcements

First 5 Orange County and President/CEO Kim Goll were highlighted in Fast Company magazine’s cover story profile of U.S. Representative Katie Porter.

Porter was on a webinar featuring First 5 Orange County and Goll in which the child care crisis in the county was discussed.

An excerpt from the story:

Kimberly Goll, president and CEO of First 5 Orange County, a public agency charged with improving early-childhood outcomes, is among the last to speak. “Currently, in Orange County, we have 6% of our families that are eligible to access subsidized childcare [who are] actually receiving that care,” she says.

Porter switches to high alert and leans in, eyebrows raised. “I want to make sure I understand this,” she says. “You’re saying that of the people who are eligible for Head Start care, we have 6% enrolled?”

“Not just Head Start,” Goll replies. “All eligible subsidized childcare.” There aren’t enough seats, her organization has found, and the income guidelines are complicated to navigate.

For Porter, this statistic, a woeful illustration of inept government, is like a shot of adrenaline. “Just a sec,” she says. “I think I’d like to blow this up.”

Read the full story below:

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