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Welcome to
First 5 Santa Barbara County

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

Additional Information:

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)

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CARES Plus will continue in Santa Barbara County

First 5 California has approved Santa Barbara's application to continue the CARES Plus program (formerly known as the STAR Project). First 5 Santa Barbara County will continue to serve as the lead agency to continue professional development services and incentives targeting early care educators. Program services are focused on improving teacher-child interactions and the attainment of AA and BA degrees. To learn more about CARES Plus click here.


PCAEYC Accreditation Tours - Friday, April 25th, 2014
The Pacific Coast Association for the Education of Young Children (PCAEYC) invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Open House of Accredited Programs. Join us on Friday, April 25th 2014 from 9am to 11:30am to visit child care programs across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Additional details available on the PCAEYC website, click here

Child Development Conference - Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Children's Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County invites you to participate in the 13th Annual Child Development Conference from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, April 25th at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. This year's theme is "Early Learning Starts with You". Additional details are available on the announcement, click here.

ECE Higher Education Readiness Survey

If you are interested in transferring to a local BA program in Child Development or closely related field we invite you to complete our online ECE Higher Education Readiness Survey. We will work closely with you and our local partners to support your transfer and access to support services. To download a hardcopy of the survey click here.

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