First 5 Ventura County. . .

Because the first 5 years impact a lifetime, First 5 Ventura County is making sound investments in the future of children. Early brain research tells us that ages 0-5 are critical years for developing lifelong social, emotional and learning skills. By working with parents, school districts, community leaders, social service and healthcare agencies, First 5 Ventura County helps to design and fund a network of essential services for young children and their families. We put kids first with community-based health, early learning and family strengthening programs anchored by 11 locally designed Neighborhoods for Learning. Through these ground-breaking efforts, First 5 is changing the face of Ventura County, investing more than $11 million this year alone in our community's greatest asset, its children.
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Parent Leadership Training Opportunity

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Together with parents and community partners, First 5 Ventura County is offering a free parent leadership series: “Parents Inspiring Parents.” Its purpose is to build knowledge, confidence, and an

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Reading Aloud Builds Lifelong Learners

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Research shows that families play an important role in children’s reading success. By reading aloud with your children and encouraging them to read on their own, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners,

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Good for Kids Campaign

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The Good for Kids Campaign is focused on increasing the healthy food options for kids in local restaurants. The project is part of F5VC’s goal of supporting the health of young children in Ventura County and building partnerships that support the overall health

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Born Learning Trails in Ventura County

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First 5 Ventura County in partnership with United Way of Ventura County introduced the Born Learning campaign, an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities

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Become a Certified Lactation Counselor!

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Research shows that breastfeeding protects young children from illness, lowers risk of obesity, helps with brain development, mother and child bonding, and has economic benefits for families. 

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