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“Exceptional commitment” to community earns CCRC regional director top honor

For his outstanding work in social justice and early childhood education, Child Care Resource Center’s regional director in San Bernardino has been named an honoree of California State Sen. Connie Leyva’s annual Terrific 20 of Senate District 20.

James Moses, who acts as CCRC’s regional director in San Bernardino, started with the agency in 2013 after nearly three decades serving the San Bernardino County community in various capacities. The lifelong San Bernardino County resident’s dedication to his community and extraordinary commitment to advancing access to critically needed services for low income families caught the attention of Sen. Leyva (D-Chino).

Every year, Sen. Leyva selects 20 people in her senate district who demonstrate “excellence for social justice, environmental justice, education, law enforcement, first responders, and health care.” In naming James and the other honorees as recipients of the Terrific 20 of SD20, the senator said she was honored to “lift up and recognize these 20 honorees for their tremendous contributions to Inland Empire families and communities.”

Through his work with CCRC, James recently co-hosted an anti-poverty event that incorporated several organizations fighting poverty and more than 200 San Bernardino County leaders, including Assembly Member Eloise Gόmez Reyes and activist Dolores Huerta. He also led the California Delegation of 25 at the NAEYC Public Policy Forum. The delegation made 30 congressional visits that resulted in 26 new congressional representatives signing on to request additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant and Head Start programs.

The tireless work of James and other honorees is always important, the senator said, but never more so than during the pandemic.

“Particularly over the last year when the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hurt our local communities in unprecedented ways, these ‘Terrific 20 of SD 20’ honorees truly stepped up and are genuine heroes for all they do across the district,” Sen. Leya said.

James said he appreciates the recognition but adds that his work is a collective effort of his colleagues at CCRC and partner agencies.

“It reminds me of how great it is to be doing work that lifts other people up and how blessed I am to work with so many wonderful people who lift me up so I can contribute to a positive collective impact to improve our communities,” James said of the award.

In addition to his work with CCRC, James serves on several councils and boards including:

•            Every Child California (Southern Section President)

•            CAAEYC Public Policy Committee (Chair)

•            First 5 San Bernardino Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair)

•            San Bernardino County Children’s Network Policy Council

•            San Bernardino County Local Planning Council Advisory Board (Chair)

•            Chance Project

•            Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition

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