• Strategic Plan
    2020-2026

    Focusing on equitable change, sustainable improvements, and community impact!

  • We are Hiring

    Apply to be an NfL Aide, ECFS Specialist, or Admin Assistant! 

  • Help Me Grow Ventura County

    We can answer everyday questions about your child’s development and behavior.

  • 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.

  • 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
    2021-2022

    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


>$223
million

invested in our
first 20 years

14

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>100%

of parents who participated
in PACT improved their
ability to understand their
child’s feelings

90%

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


>$223
million

invested since our
inception

14

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>100%

of parents who participated in PACT improved their ability
to understand their child’s feelings

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2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

📣 Did you know?

California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program provides PFL benefits for fathers to bond with a newborn, care for a seriously ill family member, or balance responsibilities while a family member is away on military deployment?

The PFL 20th anniversary is a celebration of all the fathers this program has helped ensuring they have the support they need during the moments that matter most.

➡️ Learn more at the State of California Employment Development Department

#20YearsOfSupportingCaliforniaFathers #FathersDay #First5VC
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📣 Did you know? 

California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program provides PFL benefits for fathers to bond with a newborn, care for a seriously ill family member, or balance responsibilities while a family member is away on military deployment?

The PFL 20th anniversary is a celebration of all the fathers this program has helped ensuring they have the support they need during the moments that matter most.

➡️ Learn more at the State of California Employment Development Department 

#20YearsOfSupportingCaliforniaFathers #FathersDay #First5VC
2 weeks ago
First 5 Ventura

To all kids (and kids-at-heart) who love dinosaurs, Happy Dinosaur Day (June 1st)! 🦕🦖

Dinosaurs make subjects like history, biology, and paleontology fun.

Kids can enjoy learning that the lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles they see today come from dinosaur ancestors.🦎🐍🐢🐊

Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-rex and hundreds of others. Which dinosaur is your family favorite❓

#first5vc #learningisfun #DinosaurDay
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To all kids (and kids-at-heart) who love dinosaurs, Happy Dinosaur Day (June 1st)! 🦕🦖

Dinosaurs make subjects like history, biology, and paleontology fun. 

Kids can enjoy learning that the lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles they see today come from dinosaur ancestors.🦎🐍🐢🐊

Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-rex and hundreds of others.  Which dinosaur is your family favorite❓

#First5VC  #LearningIsFun  #DinosaurDay
2 weeks ago
First 5 Ventura

On Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

As families, let's instill values of gratitude, respect, and unity in our children -- and create a legacy of appreciation for our heroes.
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On Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

As families, lets instill values of gratitude, respect, and unity in our children -- and create a legacy of appreciation for our heroes.

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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