To help children succeed in school and in life, First 5 Santa Cruz County invests in health, early learning and family support to promote optimal development of Santa Cruz County children.
A growing body of scientific evidence points to the economic and societal impacts of wise investments in the early years.
First 5 Santa Cruz County is dedicated to giving children the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.
First 5 Santa Cruz County was established by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on December 8, 1998 by urgency ordinance to ensure that family-friendly services and education are available so that each child reaches the fifth year of life healthy, ready and able to learn, and emotionally well developed. We are committed to involving community members as well as professionals working with young children and their families.