Early Childhood Education

The Children’s Center at St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara, is a lively and spirited environment that fosters self-confidence, self-discovery, and self-discipline, while allowing children to feel safe and loved in the world God has created for them. Welcoming infants as young as six weeks, the ECEC is a licensed, NAEYC-accredited, Catholic preschool embracing children and families of all faiths. A recognized site of The Outdoor Classroom Project®, our lush, spacious and secure campus provides teachers and children with ample opportunities to learn and play outside.

Hours / Ages / Tuition

St. Vincent’s Children’s Center is open weekly

  • Monday — Thursday 7:30 a.m. — 5:15 p.m.*
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. — 3 p.m.*

Early Childhood Education Center Tuition










Pre-School/ Pre-K




St. Vincent’s provides quality, affordable childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Children’s Center welcomes children from six-weeks old through pre-Kindergarten. A nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided for infants (12 months and older), toddlers, and preschoolers.


The teachers and staff at St. Vincent’s Children’s Center have vast knowledge and experience working with young children and families. They are deeply committed to the students, as well as their own professional growth and continuing education. Our low teacher-to-child ratio allows us to focus on individual needs, even while engaged in group activities. We reflect the values of kindness, compassion, and respect in all interactions with the children.


Our philosophy to provide high-quality, affordable and positive education experiences, while regarding each child as a unique, capable and competent learner, requires that we consider the individual needs, interests and achievements of each and every child and respond appropriately.

Learning at St. Vincent’s Children’s Center is based on the Creative Curriculum®, a comprehensive, research-based program of study that emphasizes exploration and discovery. It focuses attention on five fundamental principles that guide our teaching and relationships with the children and each other.

  • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
  • Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
  • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
  • Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.

We are dedicated to the development of the whole child, and strive to promote their social, emotional, cognitive, creative, physical, and spiritual growth.

Thank you for your interest in St. Vincent’s Children’s Center, to add you to our current waitlist please provide us with the following information.


For additional information, please fill out the form below, or call (805) 722-5660.