A Message from our Executive Director:
"Through empowerment, parents will be more confident in advocating for their children and family."
My name is Brian Heese, and I am proud to be the Executive Director of Northern California Child Development, Inc. (NCCDI). NCCDI is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation that is focused on the mission of enriching children’s lives, empowering families, and engaging our community. Since 1966, NCCDI has invested in the future of young children, particularly disadvantaged young children, in order to give them a Head Start in their education. Our goal is to have children enrolled in our programs ready for school. We strive to not only have children academically prepared, but also socially, emotionally, and physically ready.
Our nationally accredited classrooms operate under the philosophy that all children have the right to learn in the least restrictive environment. While we are with these children for a relatively short period of time, the parents / guardians are with them for a lifetime. Therefore, it is important that we not only prepare children but parents as well. We believe there are many important factors to a child’s success in school, but none more important than a parent who is involved in their child’s education. We work with parents individually to develop goals for themselves and their families that is going to give them the best opportunity to provide their children with the best possible future.
We also educate families on the various resources and services available in their local community and the regional area. We encourage them to utilize these resources not so they can become dependent on them, but so they are able to meet their family’s immediate needs and move them toward self-sufficiency. As they move in that direction, they become empowered as they realize they are capable of doing much more than they ever thought they could. Through empowerment, parents will be more confident in advocating for their children and family. Parents are a child’s best and most important teacher. By providing parents with the proper tools, our goal is to help parents build a solid foundation on which their child’s education and future can be built.
While our organization is primarily grant funded, it cannot endure without the support of our community. It is our responsibility to help the community at large see the benefits of our programs through the outcomes it achieves. The benefits to the community can be seen through three different lenses: 1) Children are better prepared for school and have a higher chance of graduating high school when they are enrolled in early childhood education programs such as ours. 2) Parents become engaged productive citizens within the community they live when they are given opportunities for growth in a respectful and dignified manner. 3) NCCDI staff are dedicated and generous people who work hard and diligently in striving to make the community in which they not only work, but in which a large majority also live, a better place.
While NCCDI serves nearly 400 children age birth to five years old, there are still children who desperately need our services. Even with NCCDI, state pre-school, and private pre-school/child care opportunities in Tehama County, there is still over 50% of the birth to five population that are unable to receive regular center-based services due to a lack of available slots. Our vision is that every child in Tehama County that needs early education services would have an opportunity to receive quality services where income is not a barrier. Therefore, we need the help of foundations, corporations, benefactors, and the local community to help us expand the number of children NCCDI can serve.
If you are interested in supporting NCCDI or would like more information please call me at (530) 529-1500 extension 1121 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.