• Take 5 and Read to Kids!

    You’ll make a difference that lasts a lifetime! Help children in Ventura County build their home libraries and foster a lifetime love of learning.

  • 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.

  • We are Hiring

    Apply to be a Neighborhoods for Learning Aide or Early Childhood Family Support Specialist.

  • COVID-19 Update

    For the latest local information on COVID-19 please visit www.vcrecovers.org 

  • 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
    2020-2021

    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


>$210
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


>$210
million

invested in our
first 20 years


13

Neighborhood for Learning
Family Resource Centers

>130,000

diapers distributed
in coronavirus
response efforts

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Happening tomorrow! Future Leaders of America is hosting a Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Community Forum to discuss the dangers of second-hand smoke in apartment complexes and its impacts on our youth.

Join us tomorrow, May 26th, 2022 from 6 PM to 7 PM for free food and discussion!
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Happening tomorrow! Future Leaders of America is hosting a Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Community Forum to discuss the dangers of second-hand smoke in apartment complexes and its impacts on our youth. 

Join us tomorrow, May 26th, 2022 from 6 PM to 7 PM for free food and discussion!
23 hours ago
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42% of California children have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience. ACEs are specific types of adversity shown to affect later health outcomes. Preventing ACEs & toxic stress is essential to improving health outcomes for the next generation. #MentalHealthMonth ... See MoreSee Less

42% of California children have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience. ACEs are specific types of adversity shown to affect later health outcomes. Preventing ACEs & toxic stress is essential to improving health outcomes for the next generation. #MentalHealthMonth
6 days ago
First 5 Ventura

As we continue our observance of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Month continue to explore ASL stories written, illustrated, and signed by Asian authors, artists, and interpreters. Watch Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, a favorite fairy tale set in a bustling contemporary Chinatown.
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7 days ago
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Ayudando a familias a encontrar leche de fórmula durante la escasez de leche infantil
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Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage
www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html

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Ayudando a familias a encontrar leche de fórmula durante la escasez de leche infantil
https://www.hhs.gov/es/formula/index.html
Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage
https://www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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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