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The Learning Tree School


The staff of the The Learning Tree all have a strong background in childhood development, and are highly committed to children.

Typically developing children are integrated with children who have special needs in order to promote optimal language and social growth and development. In addition, typically developing children benefit from the program in that they learn tolerance and acceptance of differences at an early age, and experience increased self-esteem by becoming a “peer buddy”.

GUSD believes that young children learn best when they are provided with a safe, nurturing, and rich environment in which they are free to explore. With this in mind, we created learning centers which include: Art & Dramatic Play, Blocks/Manipulatives, Computers, Language Arts, Library, Math, Outdoor Play, Science Discovery, Sensory, and Writing.


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Santa Barbara Homeschool Network


The Santa Barbara Homeschool Network is a free, secular, and inclusive support group to help homeschooling families in the Santa Barbara area share information and plan events, activities, field trips, etc. This is an eclectic group welcoming a wide spectrum of philosophies and approaches to homeschooling. Families with all ages of children, from birth on, are welcome and encouraged to start exploring homeschooling. It's never too early to begin creating community! Join on Yahoogroups

Ventura Homeschool Network


Scope: Ventura County, Southern California. Free/inclusive/secular support group for parents/caregivers homeschooling children of any age (birth on) or exploring possibilities for now or future. It's never too early to start creating community! Member-generated activities (park days, field trips...). Eclectic group welcoming a wide spectrum of homeschooling philosophies.

A Place for All Things Homeschooling [PATH]  is an online community of home educators.  On our homeschooling journey, we all take different paths to arrive at the same ultimate goal -- successful, well rounded, caring young adults of high integrity, ready to make a difference in their world. The contact person is Jeanne Rodkey,

Santa Barbara Homesteaders


Santa Barbara Christian Homesteaders is a nonprofit corporation whose specific corporation is to support and encourage those who desire to privately educate their children at home in accordance with Christian priniciples.

Thank you for your interest in Santa Barbara Christian Homesteaders. We pray that this site helps you in your search for information about private Christian homeschooling. If you determine that SBCHI would be a good fit for your family, we would be very pleased to have you apply for participation. May the Lord richly bless you on your homeschooling journey!

We organize a number of classes and field trips, for members only. There are requirements for membership (at the beginning of this school year this included agreeing to a statement of faith, joining HSLDA and CHEA-Christian Home Educators - and not being enrolled in a charter school program). The contact for our group is Janine Garfinkel 685-5329


Center for Improvement, Esteem, Learning and Opportunity (CIELO)

The mission of CIELO is to provide an individualized journey for neuro-diverse learners in a safe and nurturing environment, with the purpose of strengthening self-concept, promoting self-awareness, improving academic outcomes, and fostering social success for the youth of the Santa Barbara community.

College Programs
Check out this article about colleges that are making strides in welcoming students with intellectual disabilities:

Opportunities Grow for Students with Disabilities



"Hidden Wings is a place where young people with autism can spread their own wings, learning life skills and how to participate with others in a warm and supportive environment. The Billingtons are building a future for every child in their program, which is a model well worth emulating. The world needs many more such havens." 

- Oliver Sacks, M.D., Physician, Author, Neurologist

A parent run website of special needs community resources: events, specialists, workshops, clubs, activities and travel ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Best Day Foundation Santa Barbara sign up for helping out with some ocean funs!

"321 Playhouse" Down Syndrome Family Support always welcome volunteers. Call Tara Vasquez at (803) 269-6313 to  register.


Hearts Therapeutic Santa Barbara is looking for dedicated volunteers who are willing to commit to a weekly 4-hour shift.

See their webpage for details


Hidden Wings, a non-profit for autism, welcomes volunteers of all talents

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