• 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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5 hours ago
First 5 Ventura

Happy Friyay! The Olympic Symbol has 5 intersecting rings that represents the union of the 5 continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games 🏅 Check out 'Caillou: Backyard Olympics' by Kim Thompson
Enjoy the read aloud below: youtu.be/JjeYsU2uVeU

#childhoodliteracy #take5 #First5 #Olympics
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Happy Friyay! The Olympic Symbol has 5 intersecting rings that represents the union of the 5 continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games 🏅 Check out Caillou: Backyard Olympics by Kim Thompson
Enjoy the read aloud below: https://youtu.be/JjeYsU2uVeU

#ChildhoodLiteracy #Take5 #First5 #Olympics
15 hours ago
First 5 Ventura

Babies with disabilities and their families often face additional expenses, creating financial stress that can impact overall well-being. Advocates are still fighting to urge Congress to give babies with disabilities the #EconomicSecurity, #paidleave, and #childcare their families need. Join the discussion at: go.thinkbabies.org/ForCryingOutLoud ... See MoreSee Less

Babies with disabilities and their families often face additional expenses, creating financial stress that can impact overall well-being. Advocates are still fighting to urge Congress to give babies with disabilities the #EconomicSecurity, #PaidLeave, and #ChildCare their families need. Join the discussion at: https://go.thinkbabies.org/ForCryingOutLoud
2 days ago
First 5 Ventura

High-quality #ChildCare is a key ingredient for healthy brain development, ensuring children arrive at school ready to learn and prepared for future success. We need our elected officials to give babies the #childcare they need to thrive! #ThinkBabies #solvechildcare ... See MoreSee Less

High-quality #ChildCare is a key ingredient for healthy brain development, ensuring children arrive at school ready to learn and prepared for future success. We need our elected officials to give babies the #ChildCare they need to thrive! #ThinkBabies #SolveChildCare

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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