• 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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May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we are wishing a meaningful tribute to families from First 5 Ventura County! ... See MoreSee Less

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we are wishing a meaningful tribute to families from First 5 Ventura County!
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First 5 Ventura

🎉🎉Congratulations Early Childhood Education (ECE) graduates!

First 5 Ventura County has multiple job openings in our Neighborhoods for Learning that would be great for recent ECE graduates!

Join us in our Neighborhoods for Learning Family Resource Centers. You’ll assist with Parent and Child Together classes, create welcoming environments, and learn how to connect families with local services.

We are hiring for the entry level Teacher’s Aides, as well as Early Childhood Family Support Specialists (Parent and Child Together Teachers) for people with two or more years of experience.

Resumes, cover letters, and questions can be sent to HR@first5ventura.org

#First5VC #EarlyChildhoodEducation #WeAreHiring
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🎉🎉Congratulations Early Childhood Education (ECE) graduates!

First 5 Ventura County has multiple job openings in our Neighborhoods for Learning that would be great for recent ECE graduates!

Join us in our Neighborhoods for Learning Family Resource Centers.  You’ll assist with Parent and Child Together classes, create welcoming environments, and learn how to connect families with local services. 

We are hiring for the entry level Teacher’s Aides, as well as Early Childhood Family Support Specialists (Parent and Child Together Teachers) for people with two or more years of experience.  

Resumes, cover letters, and questions can be sent to HR@first5ventura.org 
 
#First5VC  #EarlyChildhoodEducation #WeAreHiring
1 week ago
First 5 Ventura

First 5 Ventura County is seeking proposals for one or more consultant(s)/contractor(s) to coordinate and facilitate efforts to build and strengthen Ventura County’s home visiting systems and resources.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) proposals must be received by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28th. Questions can be submitted to smccoy@first5ventura.org.

Info: ow.ly/wRLT50RzHuL

#First5VC
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First 5 Ventura County is seeking proposals for one or more consultant(s)/contractor(s) to coordinate and facilitate efforts to build and strengthen Ventura County’s home visiting systems and resources.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) proposals must be received by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28th. Questions can be submitted to smccoy@first5ventura.org.

Info:  https://ow.ly/wRLT50RzHuL

#First5VC
3 weeks ago
First 5 Ventura

“Sharenting” is the practice of parents posting large amounts of potentially sensitive images and information about their children on social media.

The Children’s Trust organization recently published an article about the use of social media and which types of information/images may be potentially harmful to share – as well as which content can be a source of pride and good feelings.

Wondering whether to share that post about your children?

Harvard Law School Professor Leah Plunkett suggests that parents only post content of their kids if they “would be comfortable seeing it on a billboard by the side of the highway in their hometown, and every other highway in the world, now and forever…. And if that makes you cringe, it's best not to post.'”

To read the full story, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org
#First5VC
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“Sharenting” is the practice of parents posting large amounts of potentially sensitive images and information about their children on social media.

The Children’s Trust organization recently published an article about the use of social media and which types of information/images may be potentially harmful to share – as well as which content can be a source of pride and good feelings.

Wondering whether to share that post about your children?

Harvard Law School Professor Leah Plunkett suggests that parents only post content of their kids if they “would be comfortable seeing it on a billboard by the side of the highway in their hometown, and every other highway in the world, now and forever…. And if that makes you cringe, its best not to post.”

To read the full story, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org
#First5VC

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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