Investing in our Children / Invirtiendo en Nuestros Ninos


All Santa Cruz County children enter school ready to achieve to their greatest potential.


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.

We're ready to help you and your family reach your goals for positive, nurturing, parent/child relationships.



The Positive Parenting Program, Triple P, is here to help you meet your parenting goals. It is designed for every parent and can help you learn ways to





We encourage teachers to share their experiences and to learn evidence-based teaching strategies from each other.

Repeated Read Aloud and other demonstration videos

Repeated Read Aloud Lesson Plans and other instructional supports

  Big 5 Transition Songs & 5 Grandes Transiciones







Raising Teens: Hovering or Guiding?

My teenage son recently announced he’d read an article on “helicopter parents” for his English class. This was stated while negotiating his weekend plans, and said with a look and tone that implied the article was about us. When asked what that term meant to him, he said, “Parents who hover over their kids so much that the kids don’t learn to do things on their own, so they’re not prepared to be independent.” Ouch.


Ready, Set, Back to School!

The start of a new school year is both an exciting and hectic time in my family. My kids look forward to reuniting with friends and meeting new teachers, and I look forward to the predictability of the school-year routine.

Tips for New Parents

Some days, I miss having babies. Not enough to actually have more babies, but I have many fond memories (and thousands of pictures) of my children’s early years. I spent hours gazing at my first-born son, captivated by his every expression and movement. But I also felt overwhelmed, uncertain and tired as an inexperienced parent. Very tired.

When Can I Leave My Child Home Alone?

Happy summer? Yes, that’s a question. Like many working parents, I’ve been awaiting summer vacation since school started last fall. I breathed a sigh of relief on the last day of school, then the reality of summer scheduling sank in. With two full-time working parents in our family, we have to make sure our kids are in safe, supervised places during the day.

Ask Nicole: Tips for Single Parents and Caregivers

I love my kids. I repeat, I love my kids. And yet, raising them to be kind, confident, capable individuals who will be ready for adulthood (or at least get to school on time) is exhausting. I can’t imagine trying to raise them on my own, but I know there are many single-parent families who are raising children successfully.

The first Spring/Summer Positive Parenting Passport

  • We're Launching:  The first Spring/Summer Positive Parenting Passport  English /Spanish

Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Auditor

Solicitation for Applications

FIRST 5 of Santa Cruz County is in the process of selecting an independent certified public accounting firm to perform its annual audit. According to FIRST 5 Santa Cruz County’s audit policy, FIRST 5 will conduct a competitive selection process to identify an independent certified public accounting firm every five years or sooner if determined necessary.
Any interested firm must submit a written proposal in accordance with this RFQ.

Addendum to RFQ for Santa Cruz Reading Corps Literacy Coach

First 5 Santa Cruz County has extended the RFQ for the Literacy Coach position to July 18th in order to allow for more time for the child care field to be notified of the RFQ for this pivotal Santa Cruz Reading Corps position.




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