Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

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Angel Duran received his preschool diploma this past June, after graduating from Isla Vista Youth Project’s Children’s Center.  This Center, along with preschools in the Santa Barbara and Carpinteria Unified School Districts are now enrolling for preschool which begins end of August (Photo credit: Shannon Mercier)

Preschools within the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Isla Vista Youth Project’s Children’s Center and Carpinteria Children’s Project still have openings for the 2018/2019 academic year, which commences August 22 in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista and August 27 in Carpinteria.  Early childhood research overwhelmingly supports the strong connection between a high quality preschool experience and kindergarten readiness as well as a reduced need for special education services.  The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research also suggests that a supportive, informed early foundation helps combat health and behavioral issues later in life. 

Parents also receive benefits of having their child in a safe, full-day environment, allowing them to work with less absenteeism and to receive resources and support related to their child’s development during critical, formative years.

This year, the award-winning documentary Resilience will be shown to teachers in both the Santa Barbara Unified and Carpinteria Unified School Districts in late August, in preparation for the school year.  Resilience explores the science of ACEs, explaining how abuse and neglect during childhood can cause greater risk for disease and behavioral problems later in life, and offers educators warning signs and interventions to help them support their students. The screening demonstrates the school districts’ commitment to this increasingly important initiative.

To inquire about preschool spaces within the Santa Barbara Unified School District for students ages 2 months – 3 years, call (805) 963-8685 or to schedule a tour call (805)-966-9101.  Families meeting the state Department of Education/Child Development Division income guidelines will qualify for the program at no or little cost. Full-day and half-day options are available; for more information, visit:

Full pay spots are also available at Isla Vista Youth Project’s Children’s Center for ages 3 months – 24 months; please call (805) 968-0488 and speak with Lucia Perez or Laura Costilla for fees and eligibility requirements. For more information visit

Carpinteria Children’s Project is accepting applications by calling (805) 566-1600, or emailing Part- and full-day options are available for children aged 2 to 5 depending on the child’s age and after-school care may be available for kindergarteners. For more information, visit     

Citizen status is not required in the application process for any of these schools.

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Factotum Aug 02, 2018 10:39 PM
Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

This state is #45 in student outcomes out of 50 states. First Five pre-school has done us no good. Billions of dollars on another failed and unproven program down the drain. And now there is a political movement to make pre-school universal. Stop harming our children and ruining their primary families. Spend that same money supporting at least one parent to stay home with their very young children if you want to enhance their future learning years. Rob Reiner lied to us when he made First Five Promises that he failed to keep, yet took the money anyway.

Factotum Aug 02, 2018 12:47 PM
Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

WSJ today confirms earlier Head Start findings. State of Tennessee finds no benefit in pre-school and later actual harm to pre-school student's learning abilities. Taking very young children out of their home setting and into an institutional setting has not been positive for their long-term well-being, when compared to control groups.. Read the study to learn more. Time to rethink Pre-K-12.

mm1970 Aug 03, 2018 09:06 AM
Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

Actually, that is not the case. We had several million years of a village and extended family raising children. The nuclear family raising children is a very very short period of time. Prior to that time, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, neighbors...everyone looked after your "free range" children. "The Way We Never Were" by Stephanie Coontz is a good book that touches on the subject a bit.

pii Aug 03, 2018 08:53 AM
Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

It may be a necessity, but it is a compromise. I can't help but to think letting our kids be raised by others has unforseen consequences. After all, behind us we have several million years of the nuclear family raising children (mostly). We are so brilliant we can ignore that precedent?

Shasta Guy Aug 02, 2018 08:07 PM
Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

Although this article does not mention it by name, Headstart has not been effective for a variety of reasons. My late mother-in-law was a kindergarten teacher, and was always dismayed when new students in the fall didn't know letters and numbers. These programs cannot make up for what isn't happening at home. For all the students who get into these programs, I wish them all well.

bosco Aug 02, 2018 04:52 PM
Preschools Now Enrolling in Goleta, Santa Barbara & Carpinteria

Anyone can cherry pick a study. IT's been universally accepted among child development experts that a "good quality" pre-school/daycare program is beneficial to a child to adapt to structure and social development. The key is good quality. Poor child care will set children back, but good childcare can prepare them for the structure of school. In today's two working parent household childcare is a necessity. Not everyone has the ability to stay home and very few can provide their children the opportunities for development that a school can provide.

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