First 5 Ventura County upholds a commitment to being transparent and acknowledges our fundamental responsibility to be effective stewards of taxpayer dollars. We take pride in the services we offer to the public and continuously analyze the collective impact of our investments.
Integrating programs and services, we are partnering to invest and build a local early childhood system to serve the needs of young children and their families. First 5 Ventura County’s Annual Report showcases our efforts that aim to ensure children are born healthy, thrive in nurturing environments and enter school prepared and eager to learn.
The Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2022 includes:
The Commission recognizes that now, more so than ever before, families’ needs are changing rapidly. Therefore, F5VC will review current investments, assess program performance, and identify opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels on an ongoing basis. We will continue to monitor revenues and update the long-range financial plan as we refine our strategies and allocate resources. F5VC remains committed to adjusting nimbly in a changing environment and supporting families.
We will continue to serve as an early childhood leader in Ventura County as we build a comprehensive early childhood system.
Strategic Plan Years 2019–2021: Shift to Capacity Building & Systems Change
The Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2015–2020 called for reduced investments in direct services and increased investments in capacity building and systems change beginning in FY 2019–20. With a planned funding reduction to a local investment of $6.5 million annually, the Commission initiated a strategic shift in investments towards capacity building efforts and strengthening the overall early childhood system of services. This expanded F5VC’s role as advocates and conveners to build communities that prioritize the wellbeing of young children and families. The Commission took action to revamp our Neighborhoods for Learning (NfL) place-based service delivery system including centralizing and standardizing service implementation. The Commission also approved a streamlined, two-year transitional investment in preschool services and scholarships, took on Help Me Grow coordination, and deepened parent engagement efforts.