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Name:First 5 Santa Cruz County
Alternate Name(s):First 5
Primeros 5
Address:4450 Capitola Road Suite 106
P.O. Box 1457
Capitola, CA  95010
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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. First 5 Santa Cruz County is dedicated to giving children the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

ELIGIBILITY: First 5 serves all children 0-5 and their families in Santa Cruz County, with some strategic investments focused primarily on the most vulnerable children, including those from very low-income families, English language learners, and families who live in higher risk zones of the county.

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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.
Newborn Enrollment Project provides Medi-Cal enrollment assistance to Medi-Cal covered mothers to activate infants Medi-Cal. This service is provided at Dominican Hospital, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, and Watsonville Hospital. Newborn Enrollment Coordinator can also assist with adding newborn to family’s existing CalFRESH case, connect newborn to a Primary Care Physician, and can help new moms make their baby’s first well baby appointment.

Health Outreach and FREE Enrollment Assistance is provided to children under the age of 5 and their family, pregnant women and undocumented children under the age of 19. Certified Application Assistors can screen and help families apply for Medi-Cal, Covered California and the Medi-Cal Access Program. Contact Alicia Fernandez (831)465-2209

The Early Literacy Foundations Initiative (ELF) addresses the need to provide strong literacy and language foundations for young children through several approaches: SEEDS of Early Learning@ coursework with one-on-one coaching for early learning professionals; Santa Cruz Reading Corps that trains AmeriCorps volunteers with the goal of developing children’s early literacy skills in English in preparation for kindergarten; Raising a Reader, a weekly rotating book bag program that engages families in shared reading practices with their children.

Families Together provides an alternative, voluntary and prevention-focused way for Santa Cruz County to respond to reports of abuse and neglect received by Family and Children's Services. Encompass Community Services is the lead agencies for Families Together whose goal is to protect children from maltreatment and support healthy child development. Families Together’s home visiting program uses a strengths-based approach, where participating families are encouraged to identify goals and objectives that will support healthy family relationships, child health and safety, positive parenting, family literacy and school readiness.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a comprehensive, evidence-based parenting and family support system designed to increase parents’ confidence and competence in raising children, improve the quality of parent-child relationships, offers information, support and practical answers to common, everyday parenting concerns. It is available to families in Santa Cruz County who have children ages birth to 16, including children with special needs. Backed by more than 30 years of international research, Triple P provides families with a “tool kit” of proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges.

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. This FREE Kit includes Advice for New Parents DVD, where good health, loving relationships and frequent learning opportunities are some of the topics covered. It is available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese and can be obtained by calling First 5 Santa Cruz County 831-465-2213.
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. Recruitment begins in the spring for fall placements. 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:See Description Notes

David G. Brody
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Barbara  Dana

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 October 16, 2016