The first 5 years impact a lifetime!

We're working with parents, schools, agencies, non-profits and business so Ventura County kids thrive—strengthening families and communities for years to come.

Healthy Kids

Children need good health to grow and learn. We’re connecting kids with medial and dental homes, and supporting creative community solutions that make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and families.

Thriving Families

When families have the support, knowledge and resources they need, children have the best opportunity to reach their full potential. First 5 is there every step of the way, with classes, developmental check-ups, resource links and a community that puts kids and families first.

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 for the very young and bringing more than 1,500 preschool spaces to Ventura County kids.

Caring Communities

Through the 11 First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning located in cities throughout Ventura County, parents access high-quality health, early learning and family resources; embraced by a knowledgeable and caring community that helps children and parents be their very best.