In her role as Deputy Director of the Program Management Division at First 5 California, Sarah Neville-Morgan oversees several statewide early learning and healthy development programs. She focuses on using research and science to influence early learning and healthy development policy and program development as well as supporting continuous quality improvement. Prior to her current position, Sarah worked in the Policy Office in the Child Development Division at the California Department of Education to help lead the implementation of California's Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant and work on early learning policy. Prior to joining the CDE, she served as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Early Learning Advisory Council. While there, she launched projects with strategies for increasing the number of children ready for kindergarten and was one of the key authors of California's winning RTT-ELC application.
Sarah started her career at the University of California, Davis's (UCD) Center for Child and Family Studies as an Academic Child Development Specialist. In that role, she directed three full-inclusion preschool programs while specializing in early mental health. She also worked at a child care resource and referral agency where she conducted home visits with family child care providers and participated as an evaluator of a statewide training program. Sarah also spent time as adjunct faculty for a Foster Care Education Program and as a Program for Infant/Toddler Care trainer consulting with the Yolo County Teen Parent Centers and providing on-site coaching and training. She holds a BA in Psychology from Earlham College and a MS in Child Development from UC Davis.