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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

Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Shares Lessons from Entrepreneurial Approach to Philanthropy

Consistent with the entrepreneurial energy that has driven Paul and Natalie Orfalea’s philanthropy since the formation of the Orfalea Family Foundation in 2000, the frenetic pace has not slackened during the final months of The 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

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California’s Children’s Report Card Is In

by Catherine Brozowski Every so often we come across a report that moves us with its staggering data on the well-being of California’s children.  At the start of 2014, we have been getting releases of 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