Focus Areas

First 5 Santa Barbara County serves as a funder, partner, convener, and advocate in support of children prenatal through age five, while ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent on effective and efficient services which are subject to public review and maximum accountability.


First 5’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan devotes funding and resources in the primary focus areas of Family Support and Early Care and Education. To support First 5’s work on these critical areas and to allow for flexibility to meet a diversity of needs and issues, investments will also be made in the secondary focus areas of Capacity Building/Systems Change and Communications.


Family Support

Early Care & Education


Capacity Building