2020 Message from NBCC’s President & CEO, Susan Gilmore
One of the greatest challenges faced in this era of disparity is the widening gap between children growing up in strong, economically secure families—within thriving communities—and children who are not. As our nation’s education achievement gap grows, so does universal recognition of the importance of high quality early care and education.
Our economic future depends on providing the tools for upward mobility and building a highly educated, skilled workforce. Early childhood education is the most efficient way to accomplish these goals yet so many children are being left out of this system.
At North Bay Children Center, our mission is to ensure that all children, especially our most vulnerable, have access to those critical early learning experiences that build the foundation for life-long success. For nearly three decades, our programs have provided safety net services for thousands of families struggling to provide the best start for their children.
NBCC was one of the first early childhood education providers to recognize that nutrition education has a place in the daily curriculum of a child care environment. NBCC’s award winning Garden of Eatin’® program is creating awareness among children that learning about what you eat is as important as knowing one’s letters and numbers. By providing high-quality early education that integrates health, nutrition, and family support into our daily curriculum NBCC has proven its ability to significantly improve the outcomes for so many disadvantaged children.
Our alignment with elementary school partners has enabled NBCC to more than double the number of children served in our classrooms over the past five years. Thanks to creative community partnerships and local private and public sector investments in our early education system, NBCC increased its capacity again this past year and is now serving 600 children on a daily basis across 13 locations.
We have always been anchored with a clear purpose and commitment to the communities we serve. We know that building a solid preschool foundation is essential for our community and for our children’s future success. But we can’t do it alone. We invite you to learn more about how you can make a difference and together we can turn Marin and Sonoma’s education achievement gap into an education achievement opportunity!
North Bay Children’s Center provides comprehensive high-quality child care and early education programs fueled by our vision of excellence and a spirit of innovation. Our mission is to assure optimal development for every child we serve through:
- Culturally rich programs that prepare children from diverse backgrounds to succeed socially, emotionally and academically
- Our Garden of Eatin’ program that weaves a culture of health and wellness throughout the organization and serves as a model for other communities to emulate
- Strong family, school, and community partnerships that support a shared belief in each child’s ability to succeed
To be a recognized leader in early care and education that ensures all children in the North Bay – particularly our most vulnerable – have access to critical, high-quality early learning experiences that build the foundation for healthy productive lives.
North Bay Children’s Center History
NBCC opened its doors to 60 children and their families. Realizing the growing needs among parents who were dealing with the constant juggle between work, school, and family, NBCC became the first child care program in Marin to serve low-income children under two years old.
NBCC doubled its capacity to serve twice as many disadvantaged children by moving its operations to Marin County’s Hamilton Field, where it was the first non-profit community service to relocate to the decommissioned Hamilton Air Force Base as part of the base conversion project.
The Novato Tinker Way site was added which housed a morning preschool program along with before and after school care. The Tinker Way Campus is now home to before and after school-age care and summer camps.
NBCC was awarded a grant from the Marin First Five Children and Family Commission to establish on-site gardens as a part of a comprehensive childhood obesity prevention program.
NBCC expanded into Sonoma County opening two preschools and two before and after school programs at Petaluma’s Cherry Valley and McDowell elementary school sites serving an additional 145 children annually.
NBCC expanded further north by adding two new sites in Santa Rosa on the campuses at Steele Lane and James Monroe Elementary Schools serving an additional 60 low-income preschool children ages 3-5.
Responding to the increased need for subsidized early education in Sonoma Valley, NBCC partners with SV Unified School District and the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, to bring school-readiness programs for 32 low-income preschool children at Prestwood Elementary School.
NBCC continues to GROW, opening a third Petaluma preschool site at Valley Vista Elementary School. This site will initially serve 24 children with full day preschool and then an additional 16 students for a total of 40 children. Cherry Valley becomes the Before & After School Care and Summer Camp site for Petaluma.
NBCC partners with Santa Rosa’s Bellevue Union School District to open four preschools at Bellevue, Early Learning Center, Taylor Mountain and Meadow View Schools.
NBCC partnered with the Healdsburg Unified School District and opened Fitch Mountain to serve forty-five 3 and 4 year olds. This latest school partnership brings the total number of NBCC preschool campuses to 13 sites serving almost 600 children daily.
Our 30th Anniversary year of excellence in education.
North Bay Children’s Center
932 C Street, Novato, CA 94949 415.883.6222
School Site Locations across the North Bay
Healdsburg • Santa Rosa • Petaluma • Sonoma • Novato