Child Development Division (CDD) | Community Bridges

Child Development Division

The first five years of a child’s life are critical to their health and success. Our six centers provide nurturing and affordable early education. Child Development Division is part of the Community Bridges family of programs. (Para Español, desplácese hacia abajo y en el icono de Google seleccione "Spanish." La información estara traducida a partir de allí.)

About Us

For Children:

Through positive guidance, dynamic curriculum, and a bilingual program, we create a foundation for children's healthy development and school readiness. We work with children to foster: a love of learning; literacy and numeracy skills, social and emotional development; curiosity, exploration and creativity; cooperation and collaboration; problem solving skills; and respect for self, family, community and the environment.

For Families:

We know that parents are the experts of their own children. We provide opportunities and resources for families to gain knowledge, strengthen parenting skills, share information, and develop partnerships within the community. Part-time and full-day care are available. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and we offer subsidized care for qualified, low-income families.

Our Teachers:

We know that a good teacher is one who travels the winding road with the child as a guide and companion, rather than as the 'smart' leader who must control the child's behavior. Our centers maintain low teacher-to-child ratios of 1:8 for preschoolers and 1:4 for toddlers. We offer developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate play-based programs, catering to the unique needs of each child.

Our Qualifications:

We are proud to maintain the highest standards for our centers. Each member of our teaching staff is: (1) Interactive and engaged in each child's learning; (2) CPR and First Aid certified, and trained in the latest Health and Safety practices; (3) Health screened, TB tested, and fingerprinted with clearance as required by Community Care Licensing.


Our Staff


Fairgrounds Child Development Center

Amy Rather, Site Supervisor
Margarita Castro, Teacher
Martha Sanchez, Teacher
Rosario Mendoza, Teacher
Maria Murguia, LT Associate Teacher

Highlands Park Child Development Center

Roxy Greenspan, Site Supervisor
Yesenia Escobar Ruiz, Associate Teacher
Freesia Bennett, Teacher
Ana Sanchez-Ramirez, Teacher

Nuevo Dia Child Development Center

Vanessa Garcia, Site Supervisor
Sue Madderra, Teacher
Maria Hernandez, Teacher
Erica Castillo, Teacher

Sycamore Street Child Development Center

Arasele Rocha, Site Supervisor
Marsha Perna, Teacher
Lupe Zamora, Associate Teacher
Maria Magdalena, Associate Teacher
Anelly Alvarado, Associate Teacher

Vista Verde Child Development Center

Maria Hurtado, Site Supervisor
Alma Felix, Teacher
Claudia Marin, Teacher
Rossy Torres, Teacher
Adela Melchor, Teacher

Lisa Hindman Holbert, CDD Program Director

Update 10/1/2016: Redwood Mountain Child Development Center is now enrolling!

Contact us today at 831-335-3222 for more information.


Update 8/22/2016: Redwood Mountain Child Development Center

Community Bridges is proud to announce that we have purchased the building and begun the necessary repairs to reopen Redwood Mountain Child Development Center for SLV families.

We have invested in a new roof and new paint for the center, with the hope of reopening in October 2016. Volunteers are encouraged to join us as we bring new life to the center, and donations to help offset the renovation expenses (more $18,000) can be made online at or by mail to Community Bridges: 236 Santa Cruz Avenue, Aptos, CA 95003.

SLV parents that are in need of subsidized childcare are encouraged to begin applying for enrollment.

Please contact us at for more information.

Closure Notice 11/6/2015: Redwood Mountain Child Development Center

Families and caregivers of children attending Redwood Mountain Child Development Center (CDC) were informed on Thursday, November 5, 2015 that the site has been closed until further notice. The closure was a result of a leaky roof that has compromised the structure of the building, which Community Bridges has been renting.

We have been working diligently with the County Office of Education, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (SLVUSD) and the CA Department of Education to either make the necessary repairs or find an alternate solution.

We at Community Bridges understand the critical importance of this service to families of the Redwood Mountain CDC and sincerely regret the inconvenience this has caused. Families of children attending Redwood Mountain CDC are encouraged to contact Community Bridges to ensure continuity of care for the children affected. Community Bridges’ Child Development Division operates five other child development centers throughout Santa Cruz County — with space available — that offer similar subsidized care for qualifying families.

We will continue to work on a solution to this closure and plan to hold a family meeting to answer further questions. Information about this will be sent to families as soon as possible.

"I love everything about this place. The teachers love the kids and they take care of them, emotionally. It's like taking them to Grandma's house. I don't even feel bad leaving them here all day. I go to work, so this frees up time for me to do that. I know I just can't find the same quality anywhere else. This is a school setting, it's going to prepare them for kindergarten. This is the beginning of everything...”

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