First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is largely funded through Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act. Passed by the voters of California in 1998, this tobacco tax is dedicated to developing local systems that improve health and education for our youngest Californians, from prenatal through age 5. Governed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, F5VC has made a significant, positive impact on early childhood systems in Ventura County. F5VC has invested over $200 million since our inception.
Brain research clearly tells us that the prenatal period and the first five years of a child’s life are critical for developing lifelong social, emotional and learning skills. Extensive research on the biology of stress shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and the brain, with damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan. It is crucial to reach children early in life for programs to have the greatest possible impact.
The First 5 Years Impact a Lifetime!
We are committed to making decisions that honor our core values:
We commit to acknowledge, identify, and address systemic inequities and racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and ability disparities in early childhood experiences, opportunities, and outcomes.
We focus on the whole-child, prenatal to age five, in the context of their family and community.
We prioritize solutions that produce results, are innovative, have a strength-based approach, highlighting protective factors and prevention.
We are transparent, collaborative and accountable to one another, families and the community.
We are data- and research-driven and informed by developmental science.