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Welcome, Families

We are so glad you found your way to Early Care and Education (ECE), a space where families with kids under 8 can find an abundance of resources and support. We understand the unique challenges you face and we are here to help. 

Affordable childcare is one of our top concerns, and we're thrilled to offer subsidized childcare through the Alternative Payment Program. Every child deserves access to the highest quality childcare and early education. Call us today and we can help point you to other helpful resources as well. Through the Inclusion Initiative, ECE is creating inclusive classrooms and environments that celebrate diversity and support all children. Our nationally accredited centers are play-based and currently enrolling new students. 

Learn more by clicking on the frequently asked questions below.

News & Updates

Childcare Financial Support - FAQs

Early Care and Education Programs provide financial subsidies to pay for childcare in a location of the parent’s choice while the parent or parents are working, in school or in training, or seeking employment. 

I had heard through friends about getting help to pay for childcare but I was concerned about signing up being an undocumented immigrant. We finally did it. Now, both my wife and I can work and we can afford good childcare. 
-Christian, Santa Maria
{father of three}

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My son had the opportunity to be in an inclusive classroom. It was one of the best experiences he had in preschool.
-Elena, Buellton
{mother of two}

Other ECE Resources - FAQs

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We are here to help, give us a call!

Santa Barbara Office
(805) 964-4711 x 4458

Lompoc Office
(805) 735-2064

Santa Maria Office
(805) 352-0274


Janelle Willis
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4409

Artesia Carlon
(805) 735-2064, ext. 101

Jeanette Hatfield
ECE Programs & Support 
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4488

Elvia Bukal
Fiscal Services Manager
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4457

Dyan Bomer
Senior Administrative Assistant
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4409

Chiara Perez del Campo
Administrative Assistant
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4488


Hope Office
3970 La Colina Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93160
(805) 964-4711 x 4458

Lompoc Office
104 South C Street, Suites G and H
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-2064

Santa Maria Office
722 E. Main St., Suite 201
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 352-0274