Child’s Path Santa Barbara reopened Thursday, October 6th.

Parents will need to bring breakfast, lunch and snack for their children on Thursday and Friday due to impacts to our food program from Hurricane Ian.

This center does not have landline phone service restored yet. If you have questions about Child’s Path Santa Barbara, please contact one of the following:
Jodi Garrett: 217-816-2789
Heather Singleton: 239-425-5731
Patti Costa: 386-793-1504

About Child’s Path Santa Barbara

Our Santa Barbara Center, which operates year-round, is nationally accredited for providing high-quality early learning programs and exemplifying excellence in the care of children, as awarded by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. We strive to address the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of mostly at-risk and underserved children in our care, ages one to five. Prior to Covid-19, more than 50,000 healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks) were served free to children annually, as part of our Healthy Meals/Minds Program. While the service was suspended during the pandemic, our free meal program resumed in July 2021.

Child’s Path Santa Barbara is enrolling new students, while following all CDC guidelines. We are accepting scholarship applications for tuition assistance to help low-income local families. Child’s Path has been successful in keeping children safe throughout the pandemic. Children and staff are screened and temperature checks taken at the front door before program entry. We require a 100% health screening process for our staff and all children in the centers. Any staff member or child not in 100% health may be excluded from the center until they are symptom-free and receive a doctor’s note stating they can return. Please contact the center directly for the latest Covid procedures, based on guidance from our local Department of Health. 

Santa Barbara Center Success & Outcomes

100% of the children improved their cognitive, social and emotional developmental milestones as measured by pre/post scores.  Children entering kindergarten from the Santa Barbara Center achieved a kindergarten readiness rate of 75%, which is 32 points above the Collier County average of 43% and 24 points above the Florida average of 53%.

Qualified Teaching Staff

Birth to age 5 are some of the most important years of a child’s life to gain the skills and knowledge to build a foundation for future learning. Our teachers offer themselves to the process of learning as co-facilitators of knowledge by opening doors to new possibilities. All of our employees are thoroughly screened and are required to hold Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials and all staff are trained in child CPR.

Educational Approach

Child’s Path’s educational approach is based on the highly regarded Reggio Emilia Philosophy. We create a fun, hands on experience to inspire children’s lifelong love of learning. Additionally, lesson plans are based on the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum includes developmentally appropriate goals for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language.


Program Director

Patti Costa, Center Director

Phone: 239.353.4144
Location: 3144 Santa Barbara Blvd, Naples, FL 34116
Ages: 1-5 years old
Hours of Operation: Year-round, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.