First 5 Yolo Staff

First 5 Yolo’s staff members are dedicated to serving the needs of our county’s youngest residents through direct services and systems change efforts.

Gina Daleiden – Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the highest level of administration and management of the organization, coordination with First 5 CA and the First 5 Association, and works with the Commission to carry out the mission of First 5 Yolo.


Victoria Zimmerle, MBA – Deputy Director

The Deputy Director is responsible for the oversight of finances, compliance and operations, as well as support for agency communications.


Melina Ortigas – Management Services Officer

The Management Services Officer is primarily responsible for analysis and program work.


Fawn Montagna – QCC Program Officer

The QCC Program Officer is responsible for the coordination and administration of First 5 Yolo’s lead agency role for the IMPACT 2020 early learning initiative in Yolo County.

Sarah Lin Hartman, PhD – Systems Integration and Implementation Officer

The Systems Improvement Officer is responsible for improving the coordination and administration of local early child development programs and agencies as a part of First 5 Yolo’s home visiting coordination initiative.

Part Time Staff

Lori Duisenberg – Associate Management Analyst

The Associate Management Analyst is responsible for special projects and support.

Alanna Jonsson – Management Analyst

The Management Analyst is responsible for special projects, along with support and technical assistance.

First 5 Yolo Launches Grants for Childcare Providers

First 5 Yolo is excited to announce funding opportunities available through the Childcare Recovery Package, which aims to support Yolo County Childcare providers serving Yolo County children ages 0-5.

First 5 Yolo Launches Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby expands First 5 Yolo’s navigation and home visiting initiative (R2R) and reaches Medi-Cal and uninsured families giving birth.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

For Expecting and New Parents: What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Routine Vaccinations

For Expecting and New Parents: What You Need To Know about Routine Vaccinations

Tips for Staying Healthy

For Expecting and New Parents: Tips for Staying Healthy

What are ACEs?

And How Do They Relate To Toxic Stress? Check out this article from Harvard University to learn more:

10 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child at School

An article detailing ways to be your child’s best education advocate.

Donate to First 5 Yolo

Go to the county website to donate to First 5 Yolo.

First 5 California’s Parent Guide

First 5 California’s Parent Guide.

What you need to know to help your child grow up healthy and thrive.

Family Fun Event

Family Fun Event on the last Thursday of the month at 2pm*.

Music Groups for children 0-5

Music Groups for children 0-5 every Monday morning (English) from 9:30am-10:30am and Friday morning (Spanish) from 9:30am-10:30am.

Movement and Dance Playgroup

Join us for a Movement and Dance playgroup every Wednesday from 9:30am-10:15am.

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