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About CRR


The mission of Children’s Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County is to develop strong and healthy families by providing education, care, and resource systems to children, their parents, and caregivers, with a special emphasis on low income and under-represented children and families.


All Children will have access to high-quality, safe, nurturing and inclusive environments that build a foundation for life-long learning.
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Children's Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County (CRR) has a long history of supporting families and children in Santa Barbara. What started in 1970 as a small mobile parent/child workshop delivered at local parks has grown into a robust nonprofit serving the child care needs of the entire county. In partnership with the Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Division, teachers provided Latino families parenting classes while their children engaged in an innovative preschool curriculum with CRR. This grassroots beginning paved the way for the formal establishment of CRR the following year, when federal funds allowed them to develop a parent/child preschool program hosted at a local church.


Over the decades, CRR has expanded from those humble beginnings into an organization that now helps hundreds of aspiring child care providers start their own licensed programs. They also administer subsidy programs that give thousands of lower income and at-risk families the financial assistance to access high-quality care, providing critical early learning experiences to help prepare children for kindergarten. This comprehensive support across the child care spectrum has made Santa Barbara County a state and national leader in quality care, including having the most Nationally Accredited Family Child Care Providers per capita. CRR's enduring legacy and impact shows how small community programs, started with passion and care, can grow to make a difference across a region.
Funded by the California Department of Social Services Child Care and Development Division and through local grants.
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