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Welcome to
First 5 Santa Barbara County

All children deserve the best start in life. In the first 5 years of a child's life, critical connections are made in the brain that impact lifelong learning. How we nurture and support our children today will impact their success in school and in life.

First 5 Santa Barbara County Children and Families Commission works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county, to support the health, early learning and well-being of children pre-natal through age 5 and their families.    

The First 5 Santa Barbara County Commission funds programs and partnerships that support the healthy development of children prenatal through age 5 and their families. The Commission invests in programs and activities that are consistent with priorities identified in their strategic plan.

Quality Rating & Improvement System for Child Care Programs

Quality Rating & Improvement System for Child Care Programs

Santa Barbara County is one of 16 counties taking part in California's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant to increase the number of high quality early learning programs in California. To find out more, and to give us your input, click here

  • Child Care Check List- Finding the best early care and education for your child (Available in English & Spanish)

Position Opening: Early Care & Education Coach

First 5 Santa Barbara County (First 5) has an immediate need for an individual to provide site based coaching for First 5 Santa Barbara County’s Quality Counts program. Specifically, the Coach will provide individualized coaching, technical assistance and professional development training opportunities to child care and preschool sites participating in the Quality Counts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  The Coach will help to ensure implementation of the strategies related to QRIS and NAEYC Accreditation.

Click here to view the job announcement.

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to Sharol Viker at

CARES Plus will continue in Santa Barbara County

First 5 California has approved Santa Barbara's application to continue the CARES Plus program (formerly known as the STAR Project). First 5 Santa Barbara County will continue to serve as the lead agency to continue professional development services and incentives targeting early care educators. Program services are focused on improving teacher-child interactions and the attainment of AA and BA degrees. To learn more about CARES Plus click here.

ECE Community Training Calendar

In support of on-going professional development for our local early care community we have launched an ECE Community Training Calendar. All trianings, workshops and events featured in the calendar are open tot he public. To visit the calendar click here.

ECE Higher Education Readiness Survey

If you are interested in transferring to a local BA program in Child Development or closely related field we invite you to complete our online ECE Higher Education Readiness Survey. We will work closely with you and our local partners to support your transfer and access to support services. To download a hardcopy of the survey click here.

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