We recognize that many families need childcare for their second child so they can focus on the enrolled child during class, and we will continue to explore options to incorporate sibling childcare into the program.
Ideally, you will be able to focus on the child you enrolled in PACT in a 1:1 setting. However, if you would like to bring your non-mobile infant, please check with your PACT teacher. They will discuss strategies that will allow you to focus on your older child during the class.
All families are welcome to participate in NfL programs regardless of ability to make a financial contribution. A voluntary contribution of your time, talents, and treasure helps us sustain and support programs and services.
Classes are scheduled to meet twice per week at 13 locations throughout Ventura County, with additional support services available during the week. Please contact your local NfL for days and times.
At Neighborhoods for Learning (NfLs), we connect parents to a variety of screenings and support services to strengthen parenting skills and help parents to weather stressful situations. For example, teachers offer screenings to check if your child’s development is on track for their age and provide tips or referrals to address any concerns.
The first three years of life are the bricks and mortar of brain development – the time when we can have the greatest positive impact and increase bonding and attachment. We are prioritizing enrollment for children 0-3 years old, as there are very few programs available for this age group in Ventura County.
High-quality preschool programs for 3 and 4 year old children help prepare them to enter Kindergarten, ready to learn. First 5 Ventura County is continuing to fund preschool opportunities countywide. Call CDR at 805-485-7878 for details.
Our Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes are designed to primarily serve families with children 0 to 3 years of age, but we are happy to accommodate 4 and 5 year olds, if space is available. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis with priority for new families.
What is PACT? Parent and Child Together (PACT) early learning program provides an opportunity for parents/caregivers to engage in structured and unstructured play with their young children with the support of a teacher who models developmentally appropriate parenting techniques and provides education and coaching. Additionally, PACT is a place for families to meet other families, get connected to resources in the community, and receive help accessing additional, more intensive services they may need.
Why is PACT Important? A growing body of research points to the important role parents and other caregivers play in supporting a young child’s brain development. 90% of a child’s brain development happens before age 5. Through positive interactions, a baby’s brain architecture is formed, laying the foundation for future learning and development.
To learn more information about PACT classes, please fill out an interest form or call:
- East county: 805-638-7868
- Oxnard Plains: 805-512-0220
- West County: 805-340-9608)
PACT Program Goals.
Our identified PACT program goals are to:
- Promote positive parent/caregiver interaction and play
- Promote parent/caregiver knowledge of child development
- Promote early literacy and school readiness
- Promote children’s social/emotional development
- Promote parent/caregiver social/community connect and connection to resources