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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. 

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)