What is Dig Childhood Center?

Dig Childhood Center is the name of the preschool and toddler programs being offered by Venice Parents Daycare & Preschool.

What is Venice Parents Daycare & Preschool?

Venice Parents Daycare & Preschool is the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates Dig Childhood Center. VPDP is the original daycare and preschool that Barbara Olinger started with some like-minded parents more than 25 years ago.

What happened to the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool and Cottage Activity Time?

In early 2016, the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside announced that it will be shutting down its programs by June 30, 2016 and selling their property. VPDP stepped in to keep the preschool and toddler programs going, and is currently renting space for preschool and toddler at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church while looking for a new location where the programs can be licensed and run sustainably for years to come.

When will the new school open?

Both the Preschool and Toddler Program are open and running at our temporary location.

We are working with a church to develop plans to open a new facility for the preschool in the spring, but that depends on raising funds, getting permits, performing renovations, and getting licensed.

Are the YWCA preschool and toddler teachers staying?

We were successful in hiring most of the YWCA’s preschool teachers and some of the toddler teachers. Depending on enrollment and the success of the programs, we may be able to hire more.

Are you accepting applications? What about the application fee?

We are accepting applications for both programs. Application fees are due with your application. A link to the preschool application form is on the Preschool page. The Toddler application form is on the Toddler page.

How can I help?

We have a passionate base of parents with a diverse set of skills. Our new school will be built through our collective inspiration and we will need a skill set that ranges from fundraising to graphic art. Please let us know if you have a specific skill set you would like to employ for our new school.

Please feel free to email us at info@digcenter.org if you have any other questions about the school, the enrollment process, etc.