Our Team


QUALITY MATTERS…a STRONG START for kids is a collaborative effort between FIRST 5 Santa Clara, First 5 CA, California Department of  Education, and many other partners invested in measuring, improving, and strengthening the quality of early learning environments in Santa Clara County.

The FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Early Learning team is a group of dedicated early childhood professionals with backgrounds in program administration, advocacy, policy development, data systems, family engagement, behavioral health, and more. Our goal is to collaborate and innovate with partners to improve outcomes for children and families in our county.


Wendi Mahaney- Gurahoo, Deputy Chief of Early Learning


Melissa Hong,
Director of Early Learning


Dalenna Ruelas-Hughes,
Director of Early Learning


Eula Idemoto
Program Officer


Patty Serrano
Program Coordinator


Sidhima Seth
Program Coordinator