Orfalea Children’s Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Location: 2205 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: 805-879-8577
Email: krussell@sbch.org
Website: N/A
Program Director: Keyo Russell

Ages served: 3 months through 5 years
Enrollment capacity: 80 daily
Hours of operation: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Type: Private, Mon-profit, Employer-related, Licensed, NAEYC-accredited, Suburban


Philosophy Statement

Cottage Health System’s Children’s Center is a unique program. We are both a Child Care Center, providing daily care for the children who attend, and also an NAEYC Accredited Program, providing a developmentally enriching curriculum. The conversation about the difference between preschool and child-care always leads us to what is at the heart of the issue – the inseparability of early education and nurturing care. There is a misconception in our society that child care is custodial and preschool is educational. What we know is that high quality, responsive, intellectually stimulating programs (whether they be labeled preschool or child-care) are doing the same things; simultaneously caring for and educating young children, the two go hand in hand. This is at the heart of all that we do.

We know that high quality, responsive, intellectually stimulating programming simultaneously cares for and educates young children, the two go hand in hand.

Special Center | Site Features

  • Teacher built horizontal climbing wall
  • Parent built outdoor reading nook
  • Smelling and touching veggie garden, planted by children
  • Extensive “self help” art area
  • Butterfly habitat

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