Our MissionWe provide young children with educational environments, in partnership with families and the community.
About Our Children’s ProgramsOur child care programs offer a gently structured environment; each child’s day moves between times of free choice of play and activities to structured activities such as group time, meals, and rest time.
A variety of activities and projects are offered throughout the day such as science, cooking, art, crafts, music and movement. We offer a balance of stimulating and quiet activities that are appropriate to each age group and meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of individual children.
The centers maintain low teacher/child ratios of 1:8.
Fees are based on a sliding fee scale. We offer subsidized care for families who qualify. Reimbursement is provided from the State of CA Department of Education, Child Development Division. The County of Santa Cruz and cities of Santa Cruz and Watsonville also provide funding, in addition to community donors and foundations.
Fairgrounds Child Development CenterServing children ages 3-5 years
2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville 95076
Nuevo Dia Child Development CenterServing children ages 3-5 years
135 Liebrandt Street, Santa Cruz 95060
Redwood Mountain PreschoolServing children ages 3-5 years
7103 Highway 9, Suite A, Felton, CA
Sycamore St. Child Development CenterServing children ages 3-5 years
121 Sycamore Street, Santa Cruz 95060
Vista Verde Child Development CenterServing children ages 3-5 years
1940 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville 95076
Administrative Office Child Development Division121 Sycamore Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
For more information, please call (831) 454-9920.
Our Goals for Children
- Foster positive self-concept
- Teach early literacy skills
- Teach early literacy to children
- Develop desirable social skills
- Encourage children to question, make choices, reason, experiment
- Encourage language development
- Foster creative expression
- Enhance physical development and skills
- Develop sound nutritional, hygiene and safety practices
- Respect and value the broad range of human diversity
- Develop skill and independence in caring for themselves
About Our StaffStaff meet a set of standards mandated by State Licensing and State Department of Education:
- Meet Early Childhood Education requirements
- CPR Certified
- Pediatric First Aid Certified
- Trained in Universal Health Precautions
- Complete annual continuing education
- TB tested and health screened
Staff & Parents• We support communication and continued learning in the lives of adults.
• We provide opportunities for staff and parents to learn, develop leadership skills, and discover each other's culture.
Volunteer OpportunitiesWe need your help to make our child care program as enriching and exciting as possible. Adults over 18 can volunteer in our childcare centers in a number of ways.
Volunteer with Children:
• Read books
• Tell stories
• Sing songs
• Do crafts
• Tell a story with puppets
• Set up a project
• Supervise a project
• Cook with a small group
• Sculpt with clay
• Plant flowers
• Lead a simple wood or carpentry project
• Take photographs
Volunteer with Teachers:
• Provide training
• Organize children's library
• Set up helpful systems
• Make things we need in the classroom
• Make labels for classroom
• Take video of the children to use as teacher training
• Set up computer training
Volunteer with our Director:
• Help find community donations
• Translate written materials
• Write a grant
• Organize a community visit to program such as Fire or Police Department