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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

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"Thank you Melissa! Each morning we give our son into your care we feel your great warm & special way of beeing with this little person! The toddler house team is such a great place to be as child & we are thankful for everyone of you professionals!"

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

Play Dough Recipe

You Will Need:

1 cup salt 
1 cup flour 
2 cups water with food coloring 
2 tablespoons oil 
Optional: add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to make dough last longer
Large saucepan
Cookie cutters 
Rolling pin 
Tray 
Airtight container for storage

Directions:

Have your child measure and mix dry ingredients in a saucepan and stir well. Slowly add water and stir well. Then, you can cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. When it has formed a lump, put it on the tray to cool. After it is cool, invite your child to play with it while you are cooking dinner.

Tip:

Let your child choose the color of the food coloring. You may need to help your child measure ingredients. While mixing them, talk about the changes you see. While your child is playing with the dough, ask him what he is making. Store the dough in the refrigerator.


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