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From 101 Southbound from Goleta: Take the Turnpike off ramp and turn right. On your left will be San Marcos High School. At the second signal, turn left onto Hollister Ave. San Marcos High School will still be on your left. Go about 1 mile and on your right you will see 3, very tall palm trees by our driveway. Turn right into our parking lot. Ring the bell at the gate and someone will let you in. From 101 Northbound from Montecito: Take the State St. off ramp and turn left. You will drive over the freeway and go down hill about 2 miles. You will pass under a train trestle, pass through 2 signals and on your left you will see 3, very tall palm trees by our driveway. Turn left into our parking lot. Ring the bell at the gate and someone will let you in.

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Melissa, we are all so happy and greatful you came into the puddleduck group as the new teacher. You have a sincere connection with each child and are so sweet and warm. Austin adores you and that makes it easier to leave him at his young age. LOVE your emails. Appreciate you!!!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Feed the Birds

You Will Need:

A bird book or internet, bird feeder, birdseed, paper or a journal


Put bird seed in either a purchased or homemade bird feeder. For the youngest children, simply watching for birds at the feeder will be exciting. For Preschoolers and older, document your findings by taking pictures, writing the words or making a chart. If using a chart, you can tally the kinds of birds that are observed. Older children might research birds in books or on the internet at - Bird identification Center (you can even hear bird songs from this site). Make a bird journal with your pictures and results. Have your child note if he sees any differences in varieties of birds in different seasons.


The more excitement you show about the birds that are in your yard, the more interest your child will show.

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