Category: Early Learning & Preschool

Neighborhoods for Learning link kids, families and communities.

First 5 Ventura County understands that neighborhoods and communities play an essential role in helping parents raise great kids. That's why we built our organization around the concept of independent, community-based resource hubs or Neighborhoods for Learning (NfLs). NfLs are parents, schools, early childhood educators, and service providers working together to build a web…
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Your words shape their future so talk, read and sing every day!

Can “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” help close the achievement gap? We think so. Every word a child hears impacts brain development and sets the foundation for future reading and literacy skills. By age three a low-income child has heard roughly 30 million fewer of these words than her more affluent peers. Talking, reading…
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QRIS helps to identify and improve preschool quality.

A new Ventura County quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is helping preschools and family childcare sites assess and share information on how they’re doing. The QRIS looks at facilities, programs, staff qualifications and child development to come up with a rating number of 1-5 for participating sites.

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More early opportunities to learn will help all children thrive

High-quality preschool lays a foundation not only for learning, but for social and physical skills as well. It's linked to later success in school, higher graduation rates, less dependency on social services and greater employment opportunities. Yet far too many children do not have access to this important resource. Those who would benefit…
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