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Data Show Dramatic Improvements at Local Preschools – And Beyond

The Orfalea Foundation and Child Educational Center this week released the final report on progress achieved through the five-year Preschool Food and Healthy Habits Initiative. The executive summary concludes: “The extended period of work initiated a Read more

Help Solve the Preschool and Child Care Crisis in Santa Barbara County

Join First 5 Santa Barbara County and an esteemed panel of policy-makers, service providers and educators on October 19 to discuss options for improving access to early childhood education and childcare in our county. A Read more

A little dirt, a little water, and a whole lot of joyous learning.

Press Release: Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Releases Third-Party Evaluation of Early Childhood Education Work

The Santa Barbara based Orfalea Fund, which will sunset at the end of 2015 and has invested over $30 million in early childhood education (ECE), has released a third-party summative evaluation investigating the organization’s impact Read more

Outdoor classroom spaces come in many shapes and sizes.

Learning the World: The Outdoor Classroom Project brings Outdoor Education to Early Childhood Centers

Click HERE for a Santa Maria Sun feature story on the Outdoor Classroom Project and Allan Hancock College. Thanks to Joe Payne for covering this innovative approach to early childhood education.

Future engineers?

Five Santa Barbara Foundations Join White House to Support Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON – Five Santa Barbara County foundations have joined the launch of Invest in US, a national campaign and challenge issued today by President Barack Obama to business leaders, philanthropists, advocates and public officials to Read more

Where's the best place to learn about outdoor classrooms? In an outdoor classroom, of course!

Adults Learning in the Outdoor Classroom

by Eric M. Nelson Here are some photos of participants in the 3rd annual Nature Explore / Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska. At this dynamic, interactive Read more

The evidence is compelling that less screen time and more personal interaction develops a child's brain for greater success in life.

“If We Change the Beginning of the Story, We Change the Whole Story”

  Below is a fascinating TEDx talk from a pediatrician, researcher, and parent who is working to understand how technological over-stimulation of children affects their development and future success. Some of us recall that in Read more

We are creators, not just consumers.

“Plugging in Tiny Brains”

Here is a link to a great article from the blog Media Mom, Ph.D. As we noted in an earlier post about screen time, “According to the American Pediatrics Academy, infants and children under two should Read more

Outdoor Classroom Project Showcased at National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference

The Orfalea Foundation’s Santa Barbara County Outdoor Classroom Project was showcased at a national convening last week for educators from around the globe. The session, entitled “Transforming Our Approach to ECE at the Regional Level:  The Read more

Orfalea Foundation Food Literacy Manager Melissa Fontaine leads early childhood educators in a food systems exercise.

Preschool Food Initiative Prepares Early Childhood Educators

By Carol Capito Bright and early on an August Saturday morning in Santa Maria, a group of 55 early childhood educators began a full day of training covering healthy food practices in preschools and early education centers.  Read more

About Early Childhood Education

Since the year 2000, the Orfalea Foundation has been committed to improving the life outcomes for young children through high quality early education. In Santa Barbara County, there are more than 170 early education centers in which thousands of young children spend 6-12 hours a day. These centers hold a key to the healthy development of our children. READ MORE

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