Preschool in Santa Barbara, CA
Storyteller Children's Center was set up in 1988, after a concerned and dedicated group of women noticed an increasing number of homeless families living on the streets of Santa Barbara. The families had no safe or reliable place for their young kids to go while they worked, making their already desperate situations worse. In the beginning, resources were scarce. Storyteller borrowed a dormitory and kitchen area of the old Transition House to run a half-day preschool program.
read moreStoryteller is a therapeutic preschool that serves children and their families toward "Kindergarten Readiness." Storyteller serves Santa Barbara's poorest families, those living below or close to the poverty guideline and who also meet the Federal definition of homeless. This segment of our community may have difficulty accessing and paying for quality preschool. We provide quality early childhood education and behavioral health services that will have a long-lasting impact on a child's ability to learn, social behaviors, and physical and mental health.
read moreThe funds raised each year provide essential support to Storyteller's operating budget, ensuing that Storyteller to maintain our high-quality early childhood education for homeless and at risk families. Gifts from individuals, foundations and the business community support our present operations, while also ensuring a lasting impact for future generations.
read moreYou have an amazing ability to express the strengths and essence of your kids in a way they can draw inspiration from both now and for many years to come. In the hustle and bustle of the day, I notice many wonderful moments, but rarely get a chance to tell you what an amazing teacher you are and how much I admire the nurturing, enriching, positive space you cultivate for the children of Storyteller to thrive in! Storyteller serves the community's most vulnerable children and families. Most have been homeless at some point, lived in shelters, or with multiple families in one small apartment.