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Day care center celebrates grand opening

Posted: Monday, Jan 6th, 2014


Jen Barney (second from left), center director for Giving Tree Academy, helps cut the ribbon with the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Monday marking the grand opening of the day care center. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE — A new day care center in Watsonville celebrated its grand opening Monday.

Called Giving Tree Academy, the center, located on 175 Lawrence Ave., is open to children ages 2 to 5, offering hands-on learning programs.

The location can accommodate 53 children, according to Center Director Jen Barney. It features a large playground and outdoor area.

“We want to be a pillar of the community and have lots of family events,” she said, citing activities such as a mother-daughter tea time as an example.

The goal is to expand the program and offer private kindergarten next year in an adjacent building on the campus located next to Trinity Lutheran Church.

“We’re starting here and seeing what the community needs first,” Barney said.

She said Giving Tree Academy is working towards getting accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, an achievement that would mark the center as the only one with such recognition in Watsonville.

“We’re offering a high quality program,” Barney said.

Currently, the school has two teachers, and is looking for a teacher’s aid.

The location was previously home to Noah’s Ark Preschool.

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Giving Tree Academy, located on 175 Lawrence Ave., will hold an open house on Jan. 18. For information, call 722-7811.

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