We believe what happens early in life lasts a lifetime and the power to change society lies in transforming the way young children are taught. We partner with families of diverse backgrounds to nurture the growth and development of their children.
Who are we?
Interface Children & Family Services and First Five Ventura County have established a partnership to implement the Neighborhoods for Learning Program across Ventura County.
Both agencies are excited to partner and implement the Neighborhoods for Learning Program in your community.
About Interface Children & Family Services:
Interface is Ventura County’s leading nonprofit social services agency, providing free, proven, and responsive services to address the complex physical and emotional needs of 59,000 local clients every year. Its 30 programs utilize 10 evidence-based practices to serve children, teens, adults and families who are typically low-income and struggling with poverty, domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, incarceration, child abuse, neglect and abandonment. Interface also connects 150,000 clients per year to a vast network of health and human services in 19 counties through its 2-1-1 Information and Referral program.
Interface’s core program areas are Mental Health and Trauma Treatment, Domestic Violence Intervention and Child Abuse Prevention, Youth Crisis and Homeless Services, Human Trafficking Intervention, Reentry Services, Early Childhood Family Development, and 2-1-1 information and referral. The agency has pioneered several programs including launching California’s first 2-1-1 call center, initiated Ventura County’s Pay for Success Program, and was one of the first agencies in the state to open a domestic violence shelter. Recently, Interface opened the only human trafficking shelter for adults, and is the only provider of child abuse treatment in the region. The agency operates out of five main locations including Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks, and soon, will be provides early education and parent support at an additional thirteen First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning Powered by Interface sites.
About First 5 Ventura County
Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically in the first five years and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a significant impact throughout life. Based on this research, First 5 Ventura County was created by voters in 1998 to invest Ventura County’s allocation of funds from California’s voter-approved Proposition 10 tax 50 cents-per-pack tax on tobacco. F5VC invests these revenues in programs and services for children prenatal – 5 that support children’s health, early learning, and strong families, including our nationally recognized Neighborhoods for Learning (NfL).
First 5 Ventura County knows that improving the life trajectory of our youngest children will not be the product of Prop 10 funds alone, which now average $160 per child under the age of 5 in each county. Changing systems and policies to prioritize children at the earliest moments in their lives is what’s required to help all children have the best start possible in life.
NEIGHBORHOODS FOR LEARNING
The parent-child dyad and the environment of the family which includes all primary caregivers are the foundation of children’s well-being and healthy development. From birth, children are learning and rely on parents and other caregivers in their lives to protect and care for them.
The impact of parents may never be greater than during the earliest years of life. A child’s brain develops faster from birth to age three than at any other later period in life, building the foundation for a child’s future learning, behavior, and health. Parents and other caregivers can play a lead role in their child’s healthy development, but often they are stretched in the earliest months and years of their child’s life. F5VC Neighborhoods for Learning, powered by Interface offer place-based service programs to address those needs.
Program offerings include:
- Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes help parents and other caregivers enhance their knowledge of child development and improve their parenting practices to ensure their children’s learning and development. Classes also provide a venue for parents to connect with peers and experience social support.
- Healthy Development Services connect parents to a variety of health screenings and needed support services.
- Parent Education and Support Classes provides opportunities for parents (or children’s primary caregivers) to discover their own strengths; to enhance their parenting skills and life competencies; and to learn more about children’s cognitive, literacy and developmental growth.
- Parent Engagement and Empowerment We believe parents are a child’s first teacher and best advocate.
- Parent Advisory Groups: support parent involvement in the governance of programs and services that serve them; and
- Parent Ambassador Program: develop parents and other caregiver skills to advocate for their children’s needs and the programs and services that address those needs.