May 2024

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A Note from our Executive Director

Dear Lori,

I am so grateful to my sons’ first preschool teacher. Teacher Sandy was incredibly patient and kind. She understood when a child felt anxious at being separated from mom. She read the best stories at circle time. More importantly, she helped everyone learn to share, to play together, to use their words. Teacher Sandy laid the foundation for a love of learning. 

May is Teacher Appreciation month. At LEAP, we will honor our wonderful teaching staff with a week of special treats and words of gratitude. There is no present we can give our teachers that equals the gift they give to our students every day.


This month, please reach out to a teacher who mattered to you. Let them know how they have impacted your life.

Lori Goodman

Executive Director

Did you miss our Tenant's Rights Webinar? Don’t worry, you can view the recording here! Please note that the recording is in Spanish. Learn about rent control, rent increases, discrimination in housing, equal opportunity housing, and more from the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County! Be sure to follow our social medias to stay up to date about upcoming classes, workshops, and webinars!

Exploring Nature at Our Children’s Center

Its spring and our Children’s Center garden is full of yummy herbs and leafy green vegetables. Gardens encourage sensory exploration, enhance cognitive development through observation, and foster an appreciation for the natural world. 

Photo: Teacher Amber and a few students had fun harvesting arugula, mint, and mustard greens to bring to Matthew, our wonderful Children’s Center Chef.

Lompoc Wish Book

LEAP is hard at work preparing the new Lompoc Children’s Center. We are excited to expand affordable and high-quality child care services in the Lompoc community. As we prepare our facilities to meet regulatory requirements for licensure, we are seeking community support. To make a gift in support of our LEAP into Lompoc, click here.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6th - 10th is Teacher Appreciation Week! We are thankful to each and every one of our wonderful educators. Teachers are what make LEAP’s Children’s Center so special. They create a loving, joyful, and developmentally appropriate learning environment where each student can thrive.

This week we are celebrating our teachers with some fun activities and special treats. You can participate by thanking a teacher or mentor in your life. 

Have you witnessed or been a victim of a hate crime?

Free support is available to victims and witnesses who report hate. CA vs Hate is not affiliated with law enforcement and your report can be made anonymously, regardless of immigration status.

Your voice matters in the fight to reduce hate. Join us in our mission of making California a more safe and inclusive place for all. #CAvsHate

Many Ways to Give


Looking for a hands-on way to help the community? Volunteer at our monthly food distribution in Goleta. To sign up, contact Samantha Morris

Become a Monthly Donor

$5, $10, or $25 a month makes a huge impact over time! Your monthly gift ensures a steady stream of resources, allowing us to plan and execute long-term projects and reach more families.

Donate Food or Diapers

Help hungry families by donating shelf stable food to our Emergency Food Pantry. Or donate diapers and wipes to our Diaper Bank so babies stay healthy and dry. Contact 

Emily Duong to drop off these necessary supplies.

LEAP: Learn • Engage • Advocate • Partner

Mailing Address
PO Box 1332
Goleta, CA 93116

Administrative offices
5638 Hollister Ave Suite, 320
Goleta, CA 93117

Children's Center
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117

After School and Summer Enrichment Programs
Isla Vista Elementary
El Camino Elementary
La Patera Elementary

Family Resource Center
5638 Hollister Ave Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117
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