Our Team

Irene Barton

Executive Director

Irene serves as the Executive Director of the Cobb Collaborative, the lead agency for The Basics Cobb County. She ardently believes that a child's earliest years are the most potent time when it comes to defining who a child is and who they will become. That's why The Basics is such a critical piece of the foundation for improving outcomes for all children and families in Cobb and why she and the entire team are committed to bringing its 5 evidence-based principles to every young child.

Leslie Danford

Literacy Coordinator

Leslie Danford lives and is raising her family in Cobb County, GA. Leslie received her Masters degree in Child Development (Birth through Kindergarten) in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has a passion for teaching and has taught as an instructor of early childhood courses at community/technical colleges in North Carolina and Georgia. Leslie is currently taking on the role of Literacy Coordinator with Cobb Collaborative, the backbone organization bringing The Basics to Cobb, and she looks forward to weaving The Basics into the fabric of the community in Cobb County.