What We Do

Early Learning

SEEDS of Early Literacy

All children need access to rich learning experiences around language, literacy, and relationships to ensure they enter kindergarten capable and ready to succeed.  Research has demonstrated a significant achievement gap between children of different socio-economic statuses.  Compared to their more affluent peers, children from low-income families


30 million fewer words

by age 3


18,000 fewer words 

in their vocabulary by age 3 

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County aims to close the achievement gap by creating meaningful and intentional opportunities for children to talk, read, and sing.

The SEEDS Program

The majority of children in Santa Clara County spend time in family child care homes. For some children, home care is their only formal education experience before kindergarten.

To support family child care providers and ensure children in their care have access to rich learning experiences, FIRST 5 has implemented the SEEDS program.

SEEDS (Sensitivity, Encouragement, Education, Development through Doing, and Self-Image) is a relationship-based professional development strategy for family child care providers to develop language-rich environments for the young children in their care.

Early educators receive professional development, coaching, and technical assistance to implement the SEEDS curriculum and integrate meaningful literacy-focused interactions with children throughout the day. 

This program is funded through a generous grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.