• 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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3 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Hey parents! We know, that you know, oral health is a HUGE part of your child’s overall well-being.

That’s why SmileCalifornia has put together an awesome video full of tips and tricks to ensure your child grows up healthy, strong, and with a BEAUTIFUL smile😁
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4 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Recognizing the signs of teething can make all the difference😊🦷

From drooling to irritability, knowing the symptoms can help ease your little one’s discomfort.

Check out this post for a breakdown of teething symptoms, why it's important, and tips to help soothe your baby through this milestone💫
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Recognizing the signs of teething can make all the difference😊🦷 

From drooling to irritability, knowing the symptoms can help ease your little one’s discomfort. 

Check out this post for a breakdown of teething symptoms, why its important, and tips to help soothe your baby through this milestone💫
6 days ago
First 5 Ventura

Spread the love for healthy smiles by scheduling a visit to the dentist! 💖✨

And to make learning about dental care fun for your little ones, download @smileoncalifornia’s activity sheet by visiting bit.ly/LoveYourTeethSMC

Good oral health comes from strong habits. Help children form those habits early by showing them how much fun they can be! Let them draw, color, and engage in educational activities that promote good oral hygiene habits🦷🎨
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Spread the love for healthy smiles by scheduling a visit to the dentist! 💖✨ 

And to make learning about dental care fun for your little ones, download @smileoncalifornia’s activity sheet by visiting bit.ly/LoveYourTeethSMC

Good oral health comes from strong habits. Help children form those habits early by showing them how much fun they can be! Let them draw, color, and engage in educational activities that promote good oral hygiene habits🦷🎨
1 week ago
First 5 Ventura

Happy mouths, happy tots! Did you know your child’s smile is a gateway to their overall joy and health? 😁✨

It’s true! When children are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, they are not able to play, focus, or thrive. Baby teeth are important! 🦷🎉
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Happy mouths, happy tots! Did you know your child’s smile is a gateway to their overall joy and health? 😁✨

It’s true! When children are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, they are not able to play, focus, or thrive. Baby teeth are important! 🦷🎉
2 weeks ago
First 5 Ventura

Hey parents! When was the last time your little one had a dental checkup? Did you know they should get to the dentist by their first tooth or first birthday?

Here’s some good news – most dental plans cover two visits per year for children! Secure those smiles and schedule a visit today. 🦷😃
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Hey parents! When was the last time your little one had a dental checkup? Did you know they should get to the dentist by their first tooth or first birthday?

Here’s some good news – most dental plans cover two visits per year for children! Secure those smiles and schedule a visit today. 🦷😃

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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