• First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning

    We offer Parent and Child Together classes and family support services countywide.

  • We are Hiring

    Apply to be an Administrative Assistant for the Neighborhoods for Learning

  • 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

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First 5 Ventura

Paying tribute to the generations of Asian & Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history, use this month to learn about other cultures because it helps to nurture empathy & a broader view of the world.🌏Some ideas can be found below:
www2.ed.gov/free/features/asian-pacific-heritage.html

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Paying tribute to the generations of Asian & Pacific Islanders who have enriched Americas history, use this month to learn about other cultures because it helps to nurture empathy & a broader view of the world.🌏Some ideas can be found below:
https://www2.ed.gov/free/features/asian-pacific-heritage.html

#AAPIHM
1 day ago
First 5 Ventura

We are excited to announce Andrew Huizar as our newest Program Manager! He will be overseeing efforts related to our Neighborhoods for Learning initiative. After studying at California State University Northridge, Andrew had the privilege of working with families across Ventura County in multiple settings including recreational, mental health, and other social service specialties. His passion is to connect local families, and communities, with quality resources that will positively impact this generation, and the ones to follow.
Congratulations and welcome to the team, Andrew!
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We are excited to announce Andrew Huizar as our newest Program Manager! He will be overseeing efforts related to our Neighborhoods for Learning initiative. After studying at California State University Northridge, Andrew had the privilege of working with families across Ventura County in multiple settings including recreational, mental health, and other social service specialties. His passion is to connect local families, and communities, with quality resources that will positively impact this generation, and the ones to follow.
Congratulations and welcome to the team, Andrew!

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1 day ago
First 5 Ventura

Foster care should be a support system for families in need, not a substitute for parents. Child welfare agencies, courts, & related professionals can help keep families together with the right mix of support services and partnerships. #FosterCareMonth #NFCM2021 Learn more at www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/ ... See MoreSee Less

Foster care should be a support system for families in need, not a substitute for parents. Child welfare agencies, courts, & related professionals can help keep families together with the right mix of support services and partnerships.  #FosterCareMonth #NFCM2021 Learn more at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/

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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