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First 5 Santa Cruz County

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General Agency Information
Name:First 5 Santa Cruz County
Alternate Name(s):First 5
Address:4450 Capitola Road Suite 106
P.O. Box 1457
Capitola, CA  95010
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-465-2217
Fax Number:831-479-5477
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 8-5
Description:First 5 Santa Cruz County invests in health, early learning and family support to promote the well-being of children. A growing body of scientific evidence points to the economic and societal impacts of wise investments in the early years.

ELIGIBILITY: serves the most vulnerable children ages 0-5 and their families in Santa Cruz County, including very low-income families, English language learners, and families who live in higher risk zones of the county.
Mission:To help children succeed in school and in life, First 5 Santa Cruz County invests in health, early learning and family support to promote optimal development of Santa Cruz County children.
Programs:The Santa Cruz County Integrated Children's Services Program (SCC ICSP), established by a group of 13 public and private agencies, enabling member agencies to act as a multi-disciplinary team to plan and provide services together for children and their families.

Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County is an innovative and comprehensive program that provides health coverage to low and middle income children that reside in Santa Cruz County.

Early Literacy Foundations (ELF) builds skills among early care and education professionals to promote strong literacy and language foundations for young children. Includes coursework, coaching, The Starlight Infant/Toddler Program, Raising a Reader, Summer Pre K Academy, Transition to Kindergarten and A Family Place at the Santa Cruz Public Library.

Families Together provides an alternative way for Santa Cruz County to respond to reports of abuse and neglect received by Family and Children's Services. Encompass Community Services and HSD are the lead agencies for Families Together whose goal is to protect children from maltreatment and support healthy child development.

School Readiness includes Early Care and Education (ECE), Parenting and Family Support, Health and Social Services, Schools Readiness for Children and Families and Program Infrastructure, Evaluation and Administration.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) offers information, support and practical answers to common, everyday parenting concerns.

Kit for New Parents represents a comprehensive resource for new and expecting parents that translates emerging science about the importance of the early years into practical information parents can incorporate into their daily lives. Good health, loving relationships and frequent learning opportunities are some of the topics covered. Available in both English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

Volunteer Info:The Santa Cruz Reading Corps is an initiative of First 5 Santa Cruz County and a local nine-month AmeriCorps volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are literacy tutors with this program and work alongside teaching teams with children ages 3-5 between September and May of each year, in state preschool and transitional kindergarten classrooms. Literacy tutors support young children’s literacy skill development by utilizing the SEEDS of Early Literacy framework in order to prepare children for school success. Volunteers receive extensive training, ongoing coaching, a living allowance and educational stipend. We begin recruiting in the spring for fall placements and we are currently looking for 20 tutors. Contact Christine Sieburg (831) 465-2208 or
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Three Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Funding Source:Taxes

David G. Brody
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Stephanie Bluford

Subject Headings
At Risk Families
Child Abuse Prevention
Child Care Resource and Referral
Child Development Classes
Community Involvement Programs
Early Childhood Education
Early Head Start
Families and Individuals Needing Support
Families with Children
Government Agencies
Health Care Advocacy Groups
Health Care Referrals
Health Insurance
Information and Referral
Low Income
New Parents
Parenting Education
Parenting Skills Development
Parenting/Family Support Groups
Parents of Children with Disabilities
Public Awareness/Education
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified December 19, 2015

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