Birth - Kindergarten:
Setting up our children for successful lives.

team information

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The Ready A-Team is comprised of members representing health, education, social service and other children’s services across Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties.

Our Team Vision is: Children arrive to kindergarten with many positive exposures to STEAM education and develop excitement in learning with their families, caregivers, and communities.

The team was formed in May of 2018 and has been meeting monthly to provide more opportunities for exposure to STEAM to underrepresented communities serving children 0-5, and used the Build Equity Framework to analyze our Bay Area strengths, gaps, and strategies to develop our collective impact work.

strategic directions


The team formed a set of strategic directions after a consensus workshop asking the question “What do we want to see for our earliest learners in the next 3-5 years?”

The Ready A-Team landed on the following strategic direction to focus on in their first tactical plan:

Horizontally & Vertically Integrated Systems that equitably support children & families to full potential.

Among the various strategies identified, an emphasis on housing security and equitable access to learning opportunities led the group to use that as a foundation for the initial tactics.

View the other strategic directions in this document.

tactical plan

Collaborate with existing programs for families with children ages 0-5 experiencing homelessness to add or enhance STEAM components.

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Target Population: Under represented families with children ages 0-5 including those experiencing homelessness.


This fall, the Ready A-Team is launching their first Invitation to Participate (ITP).

We invite you to participate in a pilot to make STEAM more accessible for and inclusive of 0-5 children experiencing homelessness.

If you serve or work with families experiencing homelessness, how can you increase access to STEAM activities or experiences?

If you provide STEAM experiences for early learners in the community, how can you make it more accessible for and inclusive of families with early learners experiencing homelessness?

Team Chairs


Neva Bandelow

Early Learning
Program Manager,

Alameda County
Office of Education


Vincent Cheng 

Help Me Grow
Community Liaison,

First 5 Alameda County

Team Representation