Our Vision

Educators are innovators


FIRST 5’s Early Learning Initiative is a comprehensive, integrated, systematic approach to ensuring Santa Clara County’s young children have access to high-quality early learning opportunities and enter school fully prepared to succeed academically, emotionally, physically, and socially. Early education programs operate within social systems that are interconnected and collectively impact families, educators, administrators, community partners, and ultimately the healthy development of children. Therefore, when supporting early education programs, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County uses an integrated comprehensive systems approach to create a pathway to high quality, with the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) serving as the foundation


All children experience high-quality early learning opportunities in all settings that prepare them to be lifelong learners at home, school, and in their communities.