All Staff Meeting Feedback

Core Values and Stakeholders Exercise

All staff of First 5 Ventura Funded Partners were invited to participate in a meeting and share their ideas and suggestions for the future of First 5. The meeting began with an exercise to understand what F5VC’s core values are, and who our key stakeholders are.

Core Values

  • Accountability
  • Equity
  • Responsibility
  • Accessibility
  • Commitment
  • Compassion 
  • Cultural Competencies
  • Empathy
  • Fairness
  • Family Values
  • Fidelity
  • Honesty
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Making an Impact
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Transparency

Key Stakeholders

  • Children and Families
  • School Districts
  • Case Managers
  • Employees and their families
  • Board Members
  • Early Start Providers
  • Title I Agencies
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Volunteers
  • Community at large
  • Public Health/Doctors
  • Future Generations
  • School age children
  • Established Networks



How will First 5 continue to provide all of our services with fewer dollars?

Unfortunately, we can’t. While we hope to capture some administrative savings through proposed models, we recognize that we will not be able to provide as many direct services in the community. Therefore, we will increase our focus on systems change with a goal of decreasing the need for direct services funded by First 5. We are partnering with First 5’s throughout the state to advocate for Universal Preschool, required developmental screenings, and increased DentiCal reimbursement rates, for example. This Upstream Solution video may help to clarify the need for “systems change.”

When will First 5 make decisions?

On Thursday, June 21st 2018, with much thought and consideration, the F5VC Commission approved F5VC’s place-based implementation model through a contract with one or more existing entities beginning July 1, 2019. For more information please see our implementation FAQsNo changes will go into effect until July 1, 2019. We will continue to update staff and the public as Commissioners weigh options.


What other funding sources have not been explored?

In 2016, First 5 worked with a fundraising consultant to determine the feasibility of replacing lost revenue. The study concluded that the ongoing 4-5% revenue decline could potentially be supplemented through donations from corporations and individuals, and grants. However, the significant $6 million gap caused by the depletion of the sustainability fund could not reasonably be bridged through fundraising. First 5 continues to actively pursue grants at the local, state, and federal level, particularly related to preschool. First 5 is also advocating for revenues from taxes on marijuana and exploring sliding fee scales to improve sustainability.


What other partnerships have not been explored?

First 5 is actively exploring potential partnerships with a variety of groups including libraries, cities, park and recreation districts, nonprofit organizations, etc. If you have specific ideas for partnership, please email them to