December 2018
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

Thank you so much for staying open during the holidays. It enables me to work. I so appreciate IVYP. ” I heard these words over and over as I met with parents in our Children’s Center last month. IVYP is open 249 days per year.

While this is challenging for our teachers and staff, it’s vital to our families to know that their children have a safe place to learn and grow while they are working. I ask you to join me in expressing gratitude to our staff for supporting our community throughout the year.

Please take the time to send a note of thanks to your child’s teacher and to all the hardworking people who support our community every day.  

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
In c ase you missed it IVYP’s annual report is out to the community. We are so proud to share our growth as an organization and to elevate stories of those whose lives have been touched by IVYP’s work. Without incredible and talented people working together every day we could not make these impacts so to you we say – Thank You!

Read the full report by clicking here.
After School Program's Project Santa

When you look at the children and families in IVYP's programs you see the beautif ul diversity of culture and experience within the Goleta Valley. Which is why our After School program director Juan Pimentel developed a fabulous activity to honor six different cultures during December programming. This year, students will have projects that include: playing dreidl for Hanukkah, making flower wreaths for Diwali, giving presents for Christmas, making paper lanterns for Chinese/Vietnamese New Year, making sand catchers for Ramadan, and Kwanza. Juan’s creative ideas and research are a huge step in having all of the students in our school feel seen, heard and valued.

See photos of this wonderful project by visiting our Facebook page

Staff Spotlight - Elizabeth Padilla

" My favorite teacher was from IVYP. She was my major inspiration to enroll in college and helped me pick a major when I wasn't sure what to do. This is another reason IVYP is real! The people that step into our center change for the better, and she has supported me as if she was my mother.  "

Read more here

Harvest of the month

Each month we share a healthy, easy and affordable recipe to try that highlights ingredients you can get at our monthly food distribution on the first Thursday of every month. This month we are This month we are highlighting a unique holiday treat that’s great to share with family or even give as gifts!

Read the full recipe here!

IVYP’s hosts first
Community Partners Lunch

In November, IVYP gathered local organizations and government agencies for a first ever Goleta Valley Community Partners lunch. Attendees gathered to learn more about how IVYP is investing in using data to inform our actions as we look to build upon the progress we’ve made through the Thrive Initiative. Participants worked collaboratively to brainstorm their assets, challenges, and resources missing within each organization present and in the community. Thank you to the many organizations who gathered together in partnership!
Get Involved with IVYP
Spend time in the classroom. Our Children's Center, infant care, and after school elementary programs all love to have volunteers come to spend time with the children.
To learn more call Liz at
Help feed our community by volunteering at our monthly food distribution. Next opportunity to help is Thursday, October 4!
To learn more call Ana at
Ready to roll up your sleeves? Our sites are always in need of helping hands! We have projects ranging from painting, to yard clean up.
To learn more call Gina at
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Administrative offices
970 Embarcadero del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Children's Center
(agency mailing address)
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117

After School and Summer Enrichment Program
6875 El Colegio Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117

Family Resource Center (NEW)
5638 Hollister Ave Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 685-6900