In May 2019, Sarah Neville-Morgan was appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to serve as the Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch (TLSB) at the California Department of Education (CDE). As the Deputy Superintendent for TLSB, Neville-Morgan oversees a branch that is responsible for helping all students, starting with early learners, reach their academic potential and goals by providing the necessary support to early educators and providers, teachers, administrators, school and district leaders, and community based organizations. She will continue the work of the TLSB to ensure that inclusion practices are established during classroom hours, before and after school and in early learning and care programs, and the programs and instructional resources and supports reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity, accessibility and equity.
Prior to being named Deputy Superintendent, Neville-Morgan served as Director of CDE’s Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) and provided leadership and support to the early learning and care community, providers, and contractors statewide, ensuring high-quality early education programs for young children and their families. In this role, she oversaw over $4 billion in early learning and care investments and acted as the State Administrator for the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and California’s CCDF State Plan as well as the California State Preschool Program. Part of her responsibilities included providing leadership and oversight to over 700 early learning and care contractors and managing statewide quality improvement projects.
Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Program Management at First 5 California, in the Policy Office at the CDE, as Deputy Executive Director of the California Early Learning Council, as an Academic Child Development Specialist at the UC Davis Center for Child and Family Studies, and also worked in a child care resource and referral agency.