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A once empty ashphalt area is now a fully developed outdoor classroom.

A Little Center That Can, Part 3

(Part 3: Securing Long Term Change) By Eric Nelson. In our previous segments we saw how Sara Bautista’s leadership and commitment to personal growth drove changes at her Aliso State Preschool.  However, Aliso stands out Read more

Outdoor Classroom Specialist trainings build leadership skills and subject matter expertise.

A Little Center That Can, Part 2

(Part 2: Momentum) By Eric Nelson. Site director Sara Bautista’s commitment to personal growth was a key success factor in enhancing the quality of Aliso State Preschool. Already an accomplished professional with a Masters degree Read more

From the beginning, Aliso State Preschool offered a beautiful, natural, welcoming entryway.

A Little Center That Can, Part 1

(Part1: Getting Started) By Eric Nelson There are over 150 child care centers in Santa Barbara County.  Each is unique and each has special stories of challenges and successes.  Tucked away in a far corner Read more

Evidence Supporting Preschool Food Programs Grows

Here is a great article from the Washington Post that echoes much of what we have found with our Preschool Food & Healthy Habits Initiative: Starting Healthful Habits When Kids are Young And, forgive the Read more

A delicious, healthy smoothie is fun to drink, and fun to make!

Chefs Teach Preschool Teachers How to Prepare Healthy Food at Free Orfalea Foundation Workshop

This month, the teams from two Orfalea Foundation initiatives join forces to bring an informative and interactive workshop to early childhood educators. The Preschool Food & Healthy Habits Initiative and School Food Initiative will hold Read more

Outdoor classroom spaces come in many shapes and sizes.

Are You Convinced Yet? Young Children Need Lots of Time Outdoors

by Theresa Embry During recent visits to local child care centers participating in the Outdoor Classroom Project, I’ve been hearing a lot of enthusiasm from directors and teachers: “We don’t need convincing that the children Read more

CAC Oakley Toothbushing (1)

Tooth Brushing is a Fun Routine at CAC Oakley Center

By Carol Capito Many busy parents and early childhood programs, especially part-day programs, find they have too little time to teach children everything we know is important.  In the rush to get out the door Read more

How to Miss a Childhood

HERE is a powerful reflection on the distractions, diversions, and delusions that are separating many parents from the experience of their children’s lives, and sending damaging messages to those children. Many thanks to “Hands Free Read more

Carp Main Apple Tast Test (1)

Young Children Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables More When They Get to Help

By Theresa Embry How do you get children to eat more fruits and vegetables? Allow them to participate in the process of choosing, preparing and serving healthy food! 

UCSB Arts & Lectures brought Richard Louv to Santa Barbara in May of 2012. Here, he addresses a packed house at the Granada Theater.

Nature Deficit Disorder Affects Children and Adults

UCSB Arts & Lectures brought Richard Louv to Santa Barbara in May of 2012. Here, he addresses a packed house at the Granada Theater. By Carly Kray Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” 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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