April 28, 2016 – The Santa Barbara Foundation awarded $150,000 to support organizations that provide quality early care and education (ECE) programs in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County has a critical gap in funding for early care and education services. “With this vital support from the Santa Barbara Foundation, CALM is building relationships with preschool staff, families and children to promote positive social and emotional development,” said Lori Lander Goodman, Chief Development Officer for CALM.
“The foundation recognizes that the future of our county is being shaped by the quality of care children are receiving now,” said Rubayi Estes, Community Investment Officer for the Santa Barbara Foundation. The Center for Social Policy recognizes exemplary programs to include family support services, mental health consultation, and support for families with children with special needs.
Priority areas identified by local community associations and councils on early care and education informed the foundation’s decision to focus on family engagement, social and emotional skills building for children, and professional and leadership development in the sector. Inclusion of one or more of these strategies was a requirement for funding.
The twelve agencies that were awarded funding include Carpinteria Education Foundation/Carpinteria Children’s Project, Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM), Community Action Commission, Guadalupe Kids Come First Foundation/THRIVE Guadalupe, Isla Vista Youth Projects, Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council, Santa Barbara County Education Office Children & Family Resource & Referral, St. Vincent’s, Storyteller Children’s Center, Transition House, and UCSB Child Care and Education Services.
About the Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation was established in 1928 to enrich the lives of the people of Santa Barbara County through philanthropy. As the largest community foundation in the county and a major source of funding for local nonprofits, the foundation is committed to building philanthropy, strengthening the nonprofit sector and solving community problems.