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CORE Investments Santa Cruz County

Collective of Results and Evidence-based (CORE) Investments: CORE Investments is both a funding model and a broader movement to create the conditions for equitable health and well-being across the life span, prenatal through end of life. While not limited to the well-being of young children and families, CORE has emerged as a substantial and critical initiative designed to help create the type of equitable, integrated services and systems originally envisioned by the authors of Prop 10. First 5 Santa Cruz County serves on the CORE Steering Committee, helping guide the project through a multi-phase, collaborative planning process, which has resulted in defining eight interdependent “CORE Conditions for Health and Well-being.” 


The CORE Conditions represent vital aspects of health and well-being where equitable opportunities must exist in order for individuals, families, and communities to achieve equitable outcomes. When applied to a systems of care approach, the interconnected conditions represent essential sectors and services in an integrated early childhood system of care. First 5 Santa Cruz County’s investments and partnerships focus on enhancing outcomes in specific CORE Conditions—e.g., Health & Wellness of young children and families, Lifelong Learning & Education, and Thriving Families— as well as strengthening the linkages between programs and systems partners that address multiple CORE Conditions.

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