• 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 during the prenatal period and      the first 5 years


>$200
million

invested in our
first 20 years

13

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>130,000

diapers distributed
in coronavirus
response efforts

90%

of brain development
occurs during the prenatal period and    the first 5 years


>$200
million

invested in our
first 20 years


13

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>130,000

diapers distributed
in coronavirus
response efforts

Stay Connected


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15 hours ago
First 5 Ventura

Nationwide, Black women are more likely to experience preventable maternal death in comparison to white women. #BMHW21 is a week of education and advocacy around the
experiences of #Blackmamas. There is a need to explore the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes, while also leaning on Black voices to drive conversation around tangible community-driven policy, programs, and solutions. We cannot miss an opportunity to foster systemic change geared towards dismantling structures that disproportionately impact Black women the most.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance Every Mother Counts 4Kira4Moms California Legislative Black Caucus
#birthjustice #MaternalEquity #healthequity #BlackMaternalHealthWeek

www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/health/reports/black-womens-maternal-health.html
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Nationwide, Black women are more likely to experience preventable maternal death in comparison to white women.  #BMHW21 is a week of education and advocacy around the
experiences of #BlackMamas. There is a need to explore the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes, while also leaning on Black voices to drive conversation around tangible community-driven policy, programs, and solutions. We cannot miss an opportunity to foster systemic change geared towards dismantling structures that disproportionately impact Black women the most.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance Every Mother Counts 4Kira4Moms California Legislative Black Caucus 
#BirthJustice #MaternalEquity #HealthEquity #BlackMaternalHealthWeek

https://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/health/reports/black-womens-maternal-health.html
22 hours ago
First 5 Ventura

In California, women and families have a legal right to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace! About 33% of California’s workforce is made up of low-wage workers & MORE than half are women. However only 40% of Spanish speaking women reporting workplace support, compared to 73% of English-speaking women. Check out California Breastfeeding Coalition's brief below: ow.ly/S7ke50EbIMS

Every Mother Matters Latino Caucus of CA Counties
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In California, women and families have a legal right to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace! About 33% of California’s workforce is made up of low-wage workers & MORE than half are women. However only 40% of Spanish speaking women reporting workplace support, compared to 73% of English-speaking women.  Check out California Breastfeeding Coalitions brief below: http://ow.ly/S7ke50EbIMS

Every Mother Matters Latino Caucus of CA Counties
2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

When developmental delays are detected early, interventions are more effective, less expensive, and improve life-long outcomes for kids. Help Me Grow Ventura County is a free service to families of children birth to age 5.
Connect with us: (805) 244-6911 or first5ventura.org/developmental-milestones/

#littlekidsbigcadreams #First5
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When developmental delays are detected early, interventions are more effective, less expensive, and improve life-long outcomes for kids. Help Me Grow Ventura County is a free service to families of children birth to age 5.
Connect with us: (805) 244-6911 or https://first5ventura.org/developmental-milestones/
   
#littlekidsbigcadreams #First5
2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

In 2018, the preterm birth rate for Black women was 55% higher than the rate for white women in the United States. Currently, in California, preterm birth rates are highest for Black infants (12.3%), followed by Hispanic (9.1%) and white (7.7%) infants.
#BMHW21 is an opportunity to consider solutions and spark discussions on the Black maternal health crisis.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance California Legislative Black Caucus MomsRising.org Every Mother Counts
#BlackMamasMatter #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #MaternalEquity #birthjustice
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In 2018, the preterm birth rate for Black women was 55% higher than the rate for white women in the United States. Currently, in California, preterm birth rates are highest for Black infants (12.3%), followed by Hispanic (9.1%) and white (7.7%) infants.
#BMHW21 is an opportunity to consider solutions and spark discussions on the Black maternal health crisis. 
Black Mamas Matter Alliance California Legislative Black Caucus MomsRising.org Every Mother Counts 
#BlackMamasMatter #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #MaternalEquity #BirthJustice
3 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Happy Sunday! Did you know that LA County Supervisor, Holly Mitchell, formally introduced a motion, declaring April 16 the Day of the Black Infant for LA County.
Today kicks-off Black Maternal Health Week 💗 As First 5 continues to invest in the families of Ventura County from prenatal through pre-school, join us for this week of awareness, activism, and community building.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance Every Mother Counts California Breastfeeding Coalition
#BMHW21 #BlackMamasMatter #birthjustice #MaternalEquity
... See MoreSee Less

Happy Sunday! Did you know that LA County Supervisor, Holly Mitchell, formally introduced a motion, declaring April 16 the Day of the Black Infant for LA County. 
Today kicks-off Black Maternal Health Week 💗 As First 5 continues to invest in the families of Ventura County from prenatal through pre-school, join us for this week of awareness, activism, and community building. 

Black Mamas Matter Alliance Every Mother Counts California Breastfeeding Coalition 
#BMHW21 #BlackMamasMatter #BirthJustice #MaternalEquity

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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