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We are a licensed large family child care home in Santa Cruz, California.

Our part-time, play-based program offers children:

Engaging environments

Open-ended materials

Ample time for indoor and outdoor free play

Conflict resolution skills

Positive discipline

Wellness approach

Love and laughter!

Jill Schettler-Susskind (left, Owner/Teacher) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies/Mass Communications (UC Berkeley) and a Masters degree in Health Psychology Education (Stanford) as well as nutrition counseling and wellness coach training. She worked for 18 years in the public health field including Health Manager for Head Start. She is CPR/First Aid certified, has completed 32 units of Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo College (including student teaching at the Cabrillo Children’s Center preschool), is trained in positive discipline and has worked with preschool children in public centers and home-based programs (including Little School with Lisa Kolbeck) since 2010. Nature, dance, art and her family, including her 12 year-old son and 7 year-old daughter, inspire her each day.

Riley Denehy (right, Co-Teacher) grew up in the wilds of Vermont and has been a nanny and teacher for the past 5 years. She is an accomplished singer and dancer and is immensely creative, gracious and fun-loving. She has 12 units of ECE and is CPR/First Aid certified. 

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