Early Care and Education

Supporting and improving the quality of early learning programs in Santa Cruz County 

First 5 Santa Cruz County is working to improve children's early literacy skills by encouraging families to read together, providing language and literacy skill development for early childhood educators, and offering supports to enhance language-rich practices in the classroom.


First 5 Santa Cruz County believes that all children deserve quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life in order to be ready for kindergarten and beyond. We know that 90% of a child's brain develops before their fifth birthday and therefore we support programs that apply evidence-based approaches about early brain development in order to increase quality and access to early education experiences. 

First 5 Santa Cruz County's

Early Literacy Foundations Programs:

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Early Learning Foundations

Raising a Reader

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