Investing in our Children / Invirtiendo en Nuestros Niños

Funding Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities

There are often opportunities for funding from First 5 Santa Cruz County to support programs and services for children ages 0-5 and their families.

This section describes our current funding opportunities.


First 5 Santa Cruz County is administering the Thrive by Three Early Learning Scholarship Pilot (ELS-P) Program for the County of Santa Cruz. The pilot is designed to provide an enhanced per child reimbursement rate to help close the gap between the cost of quality infant and toddler care and available state subsidies.


See the program description and payment request form (in English and Spanish) for a more detailed explanaton of the program and program eligibility rules.


ELS-P subsidies will be paid for services rendered between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. A total of $70,000 will be distributed on a first come first serve basis until funds are exhausted.


TbT ELS Pilot Extension with Attachment-Program Description_English 8-27-18


Extensión Programa Piloto de Becas para el Aprendizaje Temprano Triunfar a los Tres AF 2017/2018