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About Us

Our History

Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County is a nonprofit organization established in 1970 as a mobile parent/ child workshop delivered at local parks in the city of Santa Barbara. Through the Adult Education Division of the Santa Barbara City College, a teacher and teacher’s aid offered an outdoor preschool experience to Latino children while parents participated in parenting classes. Speakers were invited to provide information on Early Care and Development as well as information on community resources that support families.

In 1971, the First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara offered church space to continue the program and a highly innovative parent/child preschool program was formally developed and evaluated with funds from a Federal Demonstration Grant. The resulting program incorporated and grew into the existing Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County, literally a “grass roots” nonprofit organization.


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.

Our Services


Office Locations

Santa Barbara
Resource & Referral
Alternative Payment / CalWORKs / CEL
4141 State Street, #D 1.4
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Santa Maria Administration Office
705 E. Main Street
Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Santa Maria
705 E Main Street
Suite 103 Alternative Payment / CalWORKs / CEL
Suite 104 Child Care Food Program
Suite 106 Resource & Referral
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Santa Maria
Thrift Store & Donation Center
613 E Main Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Holiday Calendar

Children's Resource & Referral Offices will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

2017 Holiday Calendar

New Year’s Day – January 2
Martin Luther King’s Birthday - January 16
President’s Day - February 20
Memorial Day - May 29
Day before Independence Day - July 3
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 4
Thanksgiving Day - November 23
Day after Thanksgiving - November 24
Christmas Eve - December 25
Christmas Day - December 26

2018 Holiday Calendar

New Year’s Day – January 1
Martin Luther King’s Birthday - January 15
President’s Day - February 19
Memorial Day - May 28
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 3
Thanksgiving Day - November 22
Day after Thanksgiving - November 23
Christmas Eve - December 24
Christmas Day - December 25
Day after Christmas - December 26

Career Opportunities

To apply for a position with Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County, please submit a resume and complete application form. Mail to appropriate office location related to the position advertised.

Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No persons shall be discriminated against in employment, in participation or enjoyment of benefits, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any agency program, because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, age over 40, sexual orientation, veteran status or political belief or affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer and tobacco and drug-free workplace

Current Employment Opportunities

Contact Us

Santa Barbara
Fax: 805.963.8292

Santa Maria
Fax: 805.925.2084

Santa Maria
Administrative Office
Fax: 805.925.3768

Santa Maria
Thrift Store & Donation Center

Children's Resource & Referral
Santa Barbara 805.963.6631
Santa Maria 805.925.1989

Child Care Food Program
Santa Barbara 805.349.8018
Santa Maria 805.349.8018

Child Care Initiative Project
Santa Barbara 805.963.6631
Santa Maria 805.925.7071

Alternative Payment/CalWORKs/CEL
Santa Barbara 805.925.7030
Santa Maria 805.925.7030

Latest News

Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2013


On September 5, 2013 Children’s Resource & Referral Thrift Store hosted a Grand Opening celebration that included a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. The festivities began at 4:00pm, where over 40 individuals including Chamber Ambassadors, CRR Board Members, CRR staff and friends all joined together to share in this memorial occasion. Executive Director, Michelle Graham, thanked the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support over the years and also welcomed the new CRR Thrift Store staff to the Team. Ms Graham shared that the hope for the new CRR Thrift Store is to allow Children’s Resource & Referral the opportunity to expand services in the community and specifically to children and families! Children’s Resource & Referral has been providing services in Santa Barbara County for more than 40 years, and now with this expansion to a local non-profit Thrift Store, CRR hopes to look for more opportunities to best serve the community.
Located at: 613 E Main Street,
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2013

Children’s Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County had the honor of issuing the First Fund-A-Star Scholarship of $1,000 to a deserving family and Family Child Care Provider. The scholarship is designed to support a family who find themselves in a short term financial crisis; and need help to maintain their current high quality family child care. The La France Family and Sunshine Childcare were chosen from several outstanding applicants. This lovely family of 4 found themselves struggling when the father, Brian La France was laid off from work last February. Brian continues to actively seek employment, while Kristy La France maintains her career as a Special Needs Teacher. The family has been attending Sunshine Childcare for 2 years, where the children have bonded with their Child Care Provider, Joan Velazquez and have made several friendships. However, with their personal crisis and the reality of being over income for any type of State Support, the family was faced with removing the children from the stability and continuity of this care. With this Fund-A-Star Scholarship, the family is able to maintain the care for another several months, as they are hopeful that Brain will be able to obtain work before the scholarship runs out!

Children’s Resource & Referral plans to issue four Fund-A-Star Scholarships per year, and with additional community support, they would like to increase this to serve many more families who find themselves caught in a temporary struggle, and who can not quality for other types of State or County aid. If you would like to support a family, please contact Michelle Graham at 805-925-6701 or visit our website @ and click “Donate”.



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