All children deserve the best start in life. In the first 5 years of a child's life, critical connections are made in the brain that impact lifelong learning. How we nurture and support our children today will impact their success in school and in life.
First 5 Santa Barbara County Children and Families Commission works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county, to support the health, early learning and well-being of children pre-natal through age 5 and their families.
The First 5 Santa Barbara County Commission funds programs and partnerships that support the healthy development of children prenatal through age 5 and their families. The Commission invests in programs and activities that are consistent with priorities identified in their strategic plan.
Funding Opportunities NOW Available:
Primary Focus Area: Family Support
- Bidders Conference: First 5 Santa Barbara County (First 5) will host a Bidders Conference on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Old Mission Santa Inés- Parish Hall (1760 Mission Drive Solvang) to inform potential applicants about the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) in the area of Family Support as well as First 5’s one-year grants in the area of Capacity Building and Systems Change. Attendance is optional but highly encouraged.
- Word Count Worksheet
- RFQ/RFP Timeline
- Question & Answers UPDATED on 02.20.14 at 1:03am
A Quality Rating & Improvement System for Child Care Programs
Santa Barbara County is one of 16 counties taking part in California's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant to increase the number of high quality early learning programs in California. To find out more, and to give us your input, click here.
- Child Care Check List- Finding the best early care and education for your child (Available in English & Spanish)