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Our Programs


We received funding in the summer of 2017 that allowed us to provide children affected by homelessness and their families attachment-based, trauma-informed services. We provide services to children, families, and staff at the following locations:

  • Happy Ventures Preschool , located at 1338 E Santa Clara St. Ventura, CA 93001

  • Easter Seals Preschool & Child Development Center, located at 10730 Henderson Road Ventura, CA 93004


Childcare and Preschool Program

Preschool Teacher and Students

Step Up Ventura helps infants, toddlers, and young children develop secure attachments and overcome the traumas they have faced. We collaborate with Happy Ventures and Easter Seals to provide supportive services. Your help has provided us the ability to open and now we need your help to continue providing services! Please give generously!

Our program supports nurturing, calming, and appropriately stimulating activities throughout the day by training early childhood educators, caregivers, and mental health workers to meet the unique needs of children affected by homelessness. 

Step Up Ventura requires parent involvement. We help parents learn to understand and care for their children with interventions specifically targeted to their children. Our interventions help to focus on early childhood brain development and healthy parent-child attachments.

We also help Children to:

  • Build pre-literacy skills and vocabulary

  • Increase creativity

  • Develop self-control

  • Aquire academic, social, emotional and behavioral school readiness

Outreach Program

Mother and Baby

We launched our outreach program September 2016. Outreach workers meet with parents and children affected by homelessness, covering practical information and doing hands on activities that address the specific needs of their children. We give books and other educational aids promoting learning and healthy brain development to the parents so that throughout the week they can practice things they learn in the outreach meetings. 

The outreach meetings also give parents guidance on connecting with their children in positive ways, healing from trauma and developing social-emotional skills in very young children.