The Toddler Center provides quality, affordable childcare for 1 - 3 year olds inspired by the RIE philosophy of Magda Gerber.

Respect for children builds respectful children.

Dear Friends,

What a busy and wonderful year we’ve had! In our 37th year of providing high quality childcare for a diverse population of one and two year olds, we’re particularly proud of our many accomplishments.

This year we focused on improving our beautiful, toddler friendly environment.

  • We built a deck made from Northern White Cedar in the main children’s play area. It features a pergola and retractable shade cover for our ever changing Santa Cruz climate.

  • We replaced the heater for our outdoor patio allowing the toddlers to eat outdoors year round while remaining warm and cozy.

  • We refilled the sand in our gigantic sandbox with fresh, new, soft beach-like sand to provide a richer and more satisfying tactile experience allowing for plenty of sifting, molding and pouring.

  • We replaced our fencing around half of our site with a beautiful redwood fence which is just a little bit higher for added security, except for the entrance to the children’s garden, where we can now see through to the lovely green space from our entryway.

Meanwhile, our 20’ x 20’ organic vegetable garden continues to thrive, enabling us to serve fresh beets, carrots, green beans, snap peas, tomatoes, chard and kale in 10,500 vegetarian meals this year.

We continue to fulfill our mission of model childcare, by hosting visits from multiple ECE professionals around the state, while our Head Teacher Martha Fregoso continues to mentor multiple ECE students from Cabrillo College to provide them with an excellent supplement to their ECE education.

We also received the “Best Childcare” awards from the Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly this year. Thank You!!

Many of you have written to us to share the positive impacts that the Toddler Center has had on your children. We’ve heard many wonderful stories of Toddler Center children demonstrating positive conflict resolution skills in preschool, respectfully advocating for themselves in elementary school, and high school students being successful in following their passions.


At the Toddler Center we like to say, "We’re changing the world, one (cloth) diaper at a time!"

Respect for children builds respectful children.

The Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center is more than a daycare. We help toddlers learn how to navigate their world, physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively, while providing the most developmentally appropriate and healthy environment imaginable for our youngest community members.

Our fees are based on a sliding scale but they do not cover our costs. Unfortunately, this year, once again, we faced more local jurisdiction budget cuts.

We now ask you to please consider making a year-end gift. No matter what size, every gift will make a difference in our ability to provide love, respect, and support to all of our families.

Of course, all gifts are 100% tax-deductible.

We are proud of the community that we've built, the care and respect that each teacher brings, the precious children who remind us why we are here, and of course, your commitment to continuing quality care. Thank you for being a part of the Toddler Center Community.

Sandy Davie Administrative Director

Nora Caruso Program Director


Questions? Call us in the office!
(831) 476-4120


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    The Toddler Center provides quality, affordable childcare for 1 - 3 year olds inspired by the RIE philosophy of Magda Gerber.
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