• 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

Stay Connected


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First 5 Ventura

April is Autism Acceptance Month – a opportunity to #CelebrateDifferences, create connections, and empower everyone in the Autism community to live fully! ... See MoreSee Less

April is Autism Acceptance Month – a opportunity to #CelebrateDifferences, create connections, and empower everyone in the Autism community to live fully!
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First 5 Ventura

First 5 stands in solidarity during Black Maternal Health Week, acknowledging the disparities faced by Black mothers. As advocates for families, we commit to raising awareness and fostering support systems for equitable maternal health.
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First 5 stands in solidarity during Black Maternal Health Week, acknowledging the disparities faced by Black mothers. As advocates for families, we commit to raising awareness and fostering support systems for equitable maternal health. 
#blackmaternalhealth #maternalhealth #F5VC #VenturaCounty
2 weeks ago
First 5 Ventura

Happy Diversity Month from First 5! We recognize the uniqueness each family brings to our community. This April, let's honor and appreciate the diversity within our homes, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for every child. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Diversity Month from First 5! We recognize the uniqueness each family brings to our community. This April, lets honor and appreciate the diversity within our homes, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for every child.
2 weeks ago
First 5 Ventura

First 5 honors Cesar Chavez, a champion for justice. On this day, let's reflect on his legacy and the values of equality, unity, and hard work. As families, we strive to instill these principles in our children, creating a foundation for a better future. ... See MoreSee Less

First 5 honors Cesar Chavez, a champion for justice. On this day, lets reflect on his legacy and the values of equality, unity, and hard work. As families, we strive to instill these principles in our children, creating a foundation for a better future.

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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