• 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 an Administrative Assistant for the Neighborhoods for Learning or a Help Me Grow Program Manager.

  • 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


>$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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2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Dads, Get Ready for Fatherhood! 👶 The Expecting Fathers Group for Black Dads is a group designed to provide a safe space for expectant dads to share, learn and grow with each other. Black Infants and Families Los Angeles

This community of support has four Zoom meetings left that begin Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm PST. These workshops are free to attend, but registration is required. If interested, email Davion Mauldin at dmauldin@ph.lacounty.gov to sign up!
#fatherhood #blackfathers #prenatalsupport #postpartum #healthybabies
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Dads, Get Ready for Fatherhood! 👶 The Expecting Fathers Group for Black Dads is a group designed to provide a safe  space for expectant dads to share, learn and grow with each other. Black Infants and Families Los Angeles 

This community of support has four Zoom meetings left that begin Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm PST. These workshops are free to attend, but registration is required. If interested, email Davion Mauldin at dmauldin@ph.lacounty.gov to sign up!
#Fatherhood #BlackFathers #PrenatalSupport #Postpartum #HealthyBabies
3 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Add some extra fun to your visit to The Collection at RiverPark for #kidsclub with this seasonal scavenger hunt. 🔍Stop by Guest Services on Park View Court to pick up your Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt and begin the adventure! Once you have found all of the hidden gingerbread, come back to Guest Services to enter to win a fun holiday surprise.
#lifeattcrp #scavengerhunt #ECE #First5 #venturacounty
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Add some extra fun to your visit to The Collection at RiverPark for #KidsClub with this seasonal scavenger hunt. 🔍Stop by Guest Services on Park View Court to pick up your Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt and begin the adventure! Once you have found all of the hidden gingerbread, come back to Guest Services to enter to win a fun holiday surprise. 
 #LifeAtTCRP #ScavengerHunt #ECE #First5 #VenturaCounty
4 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Gather your family and a picnic blanket and head over to the grass area at The Collection at RiverPark tomorrow for a fun-filled morning! 😀From 10:30am - 12pm engage the whole family with story time, crafts and some fun surprises!

Sunny Smiles Dentistry: Ventura, Santa Barbara & Oxnard
Ventura County Library
#LifeAtTCRP #Storytime #Crafts #FamilyFun #First5 #VenturaCounty
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Gather your family and a picnic blanket and head over to the grass area at The Collection at RiverPark tomorrow for a fun-filled morning! 😀From 10:30am - 12pm engage the whole family with story time, crafts and some fun surprises!

Sunny Smiles Dentistry: Ventura, Santa Barbara & Oxnard 
Ventura County Library 
#LifeAtTCRP #Storytime #Crafts #FamilyFun #First5 #VenturaCounty
4 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Less than a week left to support us during Barnes & Noble bookstores annual Holiday Book Drive! 🎁 Visit your local Barnes & Noble during the holiday season to participate in this annual tradition and support early literacy for children and families 0-5 in Ventura County.

Joining this annual Book Drive is easy! Just visit your local Barnes & Noble and purchase a book or two for a child or family in need during the holiday season.
#ECE #EarlyLiteracy #TheGiftofLiteracy #VenturaCounty #First5
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Less than a week left to support us during Barnes & Noble bookstores annual Holiday Book Drive! 🎁 Visit your local Barnes & Noble during the holiday season to participate in this annual tradition and support early literacy for children and families 0-5 in Ventura County. 

Joining this annual Book Drive is easy! Just visit your local Barnes & Noble and purchase a book or two for a child or family in need during the holiday season.
#ECE #EarlyLiteracy #TheGiftofLiteracy #VenturaCounty #First5

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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