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First 5 Santa Cruz County
2022 - 2023
Committed to helping the community

First 5 Santa Cruz County is dedicated to ensuring that children ages 0-5 have the opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, able to learn, emotionally well-developed, and ultimately reach their full potential.

This dashboard summarizes data provided in the First 5 Santa Cruz County 2022-23 Annual Evaluation Report.   

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We invest in programs and initiatives designed to:

  • Ensure all children ages birth through 5 have access to health insurance and preventive care

  • Increase protective factors and decrease child abuse and neglect

  • Improve access to affordable, quality early care and education

  • Build early language and literacy skills that are the foundation for future learning

  • Promote and support equitable and sustainable early childhood systems of care

  • Increased coordination and integration among organizations and sectors serving young children and families

  • Increase in local, state, and federal policies and legislation that prioritize prevention, early intervention, and equity for young children and their families

  • Increase in local, state, and federal funding to sustain and institutionalize investments in the early childhood system of care

Reaching children who can make great gains with early and smart investments

In 2022-23, First 5 served over

5,400 children

39%

of children in Santa Cruz County ages 0-5 were served by First 5

in 2022-23

55%

of Hispanic or Latine children ages 0-5 in Santa Cruz County were served by First 5 in 2022-23

COMMUNITY
 Santa Cruz County children who received First 5-funded services
 
(by ZIP Code) 
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Our strategic priorities:

Healthy Children

  • Increased access to affordable quality health care for children 0-5

  • Increased use of preventive health care

  • Improved maternal, infant, and child health

Thriving Families

  • Increased resilience of young children and their families

  • Improved parenting practices and parent-child relationships

  • Increased “social capital” (relationships and connections) of young children and their families

  • Decreased child abuse and neglect

Early Care

& Education

  • Increased access to affordable, high quality early care and education

  • Increased early learning and school readiness skills (developmental, social-emotional, cognitive)

  • Increased stability and sustainability of the early care and education system

Early Childhood Systems

  • Increased coordination and integration among organizations and sectors serving young children and families

  • Increase in local, state, and federal policies and legislation that prioritize prevention, early intervention, and equity for young children and their families

  • Increase in local, state, and federal funding to sustain and institutionalize investments in the early childhood system of care