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Step Up Ventura is a non-profit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in Ventura County.

We work with young children experiencing homelessness or on the verge of being homeless to help resolve social-emotional problems and develop fundamental behavioral and academic skills. Our program is designed to promote positive pre-K school experiences for these children paving the way for a bright future, reducing the risk of adult homelessness, and setting the stage for soaring academic achievements.

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Preparing Ventura County homeless children for kindergarten readiness

Step Up Ventura provides academic and therapeutic services to children five and younger experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness.

501 (c) (3) non-profit organization | Tax ID# 47-2705728

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Who We Are

Step Up Ventura is a nonprofit organization established in 2014 supported primarily by volunteers and the generosity of private donors and foundations. Given the detrimental effects on development caused by homelessness, we know that young children experiencing homelessness benefit from receiving quality early care, education and therapeutic services. Many barriers limit children's access to these services. Our goal is to provide Ventura County children with quality essential services so they can excel at school and are less likely to experience homelessness as adults.

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Our Mission & Vision


We are passionate about helping children five and younger who are homeless or on the verge of being homeless. We help them and their families connect, heal and learn.


Parents and legal guardians learn to understand and care for their children with interventions specifically targeted to early childhood brain development and healthy parent/guardian-child attachment.


We collaborate with specially trained early
childhood educators, caregivers, and mental health workers to improve a child's communication, social interactions and
cognitive learning.


We offer enriching educational and therapeutic services for children receiving full-time infant and toddler care or preschool.  Services are provided at qualifying child development resource programs and include working with parents and staff for the optimal development of each child.

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We have over 6,000 homeless children in Ventura County who are 80% less likely to become homeless as adults if they receive quality early care, education and therapeutic services.

Thank you for your support!

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"Step Up Ventura has given me a chance to get back on my feet and provided me with the skills needed to help with my son and his behavior."

Step Up Ventura Client

“I see homeless persons everywhere I drive, walk and work in Ventura County. What drew me to Step Up Ventura is now I can impact homelessness at its very root."

Step Up Ventura Donor

"I love volunteering for Step Up Ventura and giving back to my community! The children and familes they serve are amazing and I'm truly grateful to be apart of the SUV Team."

Step Up Ventura Volunteer

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