• First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning

    We offer Parent and Child Together classes and family support services countywide.

  • The First 5 years impact a lifetime!

    We’re working with parents, schools, agencies, nonprofits and business so Ventura County kids thrive—strengthening families and communities for years to come.

  • COVID-19

    For the latest local information on COVID-19 please visit www.vcemergency.com

  • Prepared Learners

    90% of brain development occurs by age five, laying the foundation for future learning. We’re preparing children for success by investing in high-quality early learning experiences.

  • Healthy Kids

    Children need good health to grow and learn. We’re connecting kids with medical and dental homes, and supporting creative community solutions that make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and families.

  • Annual Report
    2019-2020

    Investing in Ventura County’s Children

Meet First 5 Ventura County


First 5 Ventura County envisions a future where all Ventura County children are born healthy, thrive in nurturing environments, and enter school prepared and eager to learn.

Our mission is to strengthen families, communities and systems of care for children prenatal to 5 years through investments, expertise, and leadership so all children reach their full potential.

First 5 By the Numbers


90%

of brain development
occurs in the first 5
years


>$200
million

invested in our
first 20 years

13

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>130,000

diapers distributed
incoronavirus
response efforts

90%

of brain development
occurs in the first 5
years


>$200
million

invested in our
first 20 years


13

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>130,000

diapers distributed
incoronavirus
response efforts

Stay Connected


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2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

March is #WomensHistoryMonth, to celebrate all the amazing women around the world, check out 'Think Big, Little One' by Vashti Harrison!
Enjoy the read aloud & coloring pages with the links below:
youtu.be/RcSh8LOJZP0
www.vashtiharrison.com/little-leaders

#ChildhoodLiteracy #Take5 #First5
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2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

We are excited to announce Tyla Adams as our newest Program Manager! She will be overseeing our communication, outreach, and advocacy efforts. As a graduate of Emory University, Tyla will bring a public health background with a specialization in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Health Education to the team. Her interests include maternal and child health, reproductive justice, and health equity.
Congratulations and welcome to the team, Tyla!
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We are excited to announce Tyla Adams as our newest Program Manager! She will be overseeing our communication, outreach, and advocacy efforts. As a graduate of Emory University, Tyla will bring a public health background with a specialization in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Health Education to the team. Her interests include maternal and child health, reproductive justice, and health equity. 
Congratulations and welcome to the team, Tyla!

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We are so happy to have you on the team, Tyla!

Aww so proud of you Congrats over and over again 🤗❤️

Great job, Tyla!

Proud of you Tyla Adams

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March is National Reading Month! Talk Read Sing with your little one daily! Photo by Picsea

3 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Despite COVID-19, child care providers have continued to serve children and families in Ventura County! Failing to invest in child care could possibly lead to an estimated 1200 licensed child care spots in the county to be lost permanently. Child care is essential!
#childcare4ca
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Despite COVID-19, child care providers have continued to serve children and families in Ventura County! Failing to invest in child care could possibly lead to an estimated 1200 licensed child care spots in the county to be lost permanently. Child care is essential!
#ChildCare4CA
4 days ago
First 5 Ventura

#KidsAreEssential in and out of crisis. Our society needs to invest in kids and their families as early as possible. It’s time to address the economic, racial, and health disparities that were made worse by the pandemic. Take action—today. Join the conversation: kidsareessential.org ... See MoreSee Less

#KidsAreEssential in and out of crisis. Our society needs to invest in kids and their families as early as possible. It’s time to address the economic, racial, and health disparities that were made worse by the pandemic. Take action—today. Join the conversation: kidsareessential.org

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Race is not part of the message unless you're looking for funding.

Commission Meetings


The First 5 Ventura County Commission meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the month from 1–3 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and the agendas are posted in advance.

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