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Hope 4 Kids values nature exploration & education

Hope 4 Kids Preschool & Infant/Toddler Center

  • (805) 682-2300
  • 560 North La Cumbre Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, USA



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Hope 4 Kids Preschool & Infant/Toddler Child Care Center is a faith-based, nature-centered quality program for children birth through kindergarten. We are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a Demonstration Site in the Network of Outdoor Classroom Programs (OCP). We are open year-round, Monday through Thursday, 7:30am to 5:30pm and 7:30 to 5pm on Fridays. We offer full- and part-time options to serve your family’s needs. Please call today to check availability. We highly recommend getting on the wait list to ensure a space is available when you are ready to enroll for care. We invite you to call our office or visit our website to obtain a wait list form.

We invite you to review the information about our programs on our website at or call (805) 682-2300 to schedule a tour of our beautiful facilities. We look forward to working with your family!


Our amazing staff focuses on the importance and value of play, choices, and social and emotional growth and development. Our philosophy of caring for children is child-driven, caring for the whole child, and based solely on each child’s unique and individual needs. Each child feels loved and nurtured by a consistent, loving caregiver so that a trusting, long-term relationship is established.

We emphasize social and emotional growth experiences to offer children opportunities to become self-aware, self-confident, and develop relational skills. We spend most of our day in our incredible outdoor classroom discovering, exploring, respecting, and loving nature. We are an official Outdoor Classroom Demonstration Site and offer tours to early childhood educators and administrators.

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our nature-centered programs:

  • Outdoor Classroom Project (all ages)
  • Infant/Toddler Program (0 – 24 months)
  • Preschool Readiness Program (2-3 years)
  • Preschool Program (3-5 years)
  • Kindergarten Prep School (4+ years entering kindergarten)
  • Weekly Summer Camps (June through August)
  • After School Program (kindergarten)
  • Additional Services Program (all ages)

At Hope 4 Kids, everything we do is filtered through the concept of doing things outside and protecting, discovering, exploring, loving, and learning about our natural world.  In David Sobel’s book, “Childhood and Nature, Design Principles for Educators,” he clearly illustrates the need for today’s children to connect with and learn more about nature in a bottom-up philosophy.  “The classic example of this top-down mind-set in the past decade of environmental concern has been: The rain forests are disappearing; therefore let’s teach children about the horrors of rain-forest destruction so they will act to save them!  Instead, I’m more interested in figuring out how to cultivate relationships between children and trees in their own backyards as a precursor to their working to save rain forests as they get older, when they can actually do something about it.  Talking to trees and hiding in trees precedes saving trees.” Here at Hope 4 Kids, our children are given hands-on opportunities to learn not only about talking to and hiding in trees, but also investigating what kinds of trees they are, how to care for them, and why we need them (to name a few). Sobel’s book goes on to illustrate seven principles, which we use as weekly themes in our nature-based Summer Camp for children ages 4 years through entrance into 1st grade (some 3-year-olds may be accepted if s/he is potty trained and able to work well with older children).

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