Great Pacific Patagonia Child Development Center

Location: 259 W. Santa Clara St. Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-667-4780
Program Director: Whitney Ellis
Ages served: 8 weeks through 9 years
Enrollment capacity: 104
Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Type: For-profit, Employer-related, Licensed, Urban


Philosophy Statement

  • Children, families, and teachers are the core of the community.
  • All children learn and develop at a predictable yet highly individual pace.
  • Teachers create predictable yet flexible routines, stimulating environments and opportunities for intentional teaching.
  • Risk taking and struggle build character and confidence.
  • Children who play outdoors for long, uninterrupted periods of time develop strong connections with nature.
  • Child initiated play and creative expression fosters ingenuity and enhances all areas of development.

Child initiated play and creative expression fosters ingenuity and enhances all areas of development.


Special Center | Site Features

  • All 3 programs (Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and School Age) actively participate in the Outdoor Classroom Project.
  • The campus landscaping includes many edible fruits and a variety of trees. Children are often out and about on “campus walks” to observe the changes each season brings to the outdoors. We keep tabs on the caterpillars munching milkweed and look under leaves for a chrysalis or two. Fresh fruit is picked from the trees and eaten “on the go.”
  • Children have access to the outdoors 90% of the day. All classrooms have direct access to the outdoors where children often eat and sleep.
  • All yards have a designated Butterfly Garden where children can observe the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. GPCDC is a certified Monarch Waystation.
  • We have a designated mud center on the toddler yard where messy play is highly encouraged.
  • Composting, recycling, and worm farming are a part of the children’s daily routine.
  • Shoes optional inside and out.
  • Weekly walks to the beach where children can learn about nature “hands on!”
  • Kids Club After School program is a member of Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots program. They are involved in activities and projects that support the human and animal community as well as the environment.
  • Gardening happens on all our outdoor spaces and indoors too! From infants to school age children there is always something growing in the garden. Our favorite for infants is mint, preschoolers love snap peas, lettuces and tomatoes, and the school age children are using their green thumb to grow strawberries!
  • Fall is a magical time of year at GPCDC. We look forward to the time change so we can bring out the flashlights and lanterns to light our play at the end of the day!

Additional Info

Great Pacific CDC was first established in 1983 to provide onsite childcare for nursing mothers. GPCDC has stayed true to that mission and now has 3 infant/toddler rooms, a preschool and afterschool program.

At GPCDC we believe that :
Providing an environment where working mothers can  nurse their infants is good for babies.

Playing outside and in nature for uninterrupted periods of time ignites a world of learning and wonder.

Struggling and taking risk builds character and confidence.

GPCDC is aligned with Patagonia’s continued mission to increase environmental awareness in individuals and therefore children at GPCDC are raised to be stewards of the planet. Respect for nature is weaved into daily routines and conversations from infancy. We believe that fostering a person’s relationship with nature ensures a healthy mind, body and spirit.

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