Nurturing Children
Cultivating Community

For over 50 years, Growing Minds has been offering affordable early child education to North County families.

Rooted in community
since 1972

Growing Minds is a non-profit organization offering quality early education to income-eligible families in North County. We have four locations serving Escondido and one in Oceanside.

Committed to your family

Our mission is to enhance the lives of families like yours in the community by educating and preparing your children for kindergarten and beyond.

Investing in our teachers

Our teachers are part of the community that we serve. We invest in their future by providing mentoring and educational assistance to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of our children.

Your donations help us support children
and their families in North County

Growing Minds is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to offer free or low-cost preschool.
Your funds create a triple impact in the community by empowering parents to pursue
their education, support their families, and improve their futures.

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I am so grateful for Growing Minds. Growing Minds was the early beginning for my son and he is currently a performer traveling the world. Thank you, Growing Minds!


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I didn’t know the impact of early childhood education on a 3-month-old until my nephew enrolled in a Growing Minds Center. He benefited so much from the teachers and interaction with the other infants. I attribute his growth and development to his time at Growing Minds. I am forever grateful.


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I am so honored and blessed to work for Growing Minds. This is the most amazing job I have ever had. The support is unprecedented, and the leadership team is all about kindness, goodness and making us all feel seen, heard, and valued. I am so happy to work for Growing Minds. I don’t even feel like I am working at all.


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I have always had a passion for working with children and being able to contribute to their growth and development. Joining the company was and always has been a privilege.


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In 2005 I became a single parent struggling to get on my feet. Growing Minds stepped in and provided quality childcare for my youngest child so that I could begin working. In 2006, I applied for a job at Growing Minds. I was hired as an assistant. I was inspired by my co-workers to further my education and attend college. In a short time, I became a lead teacher. Fast forward to almost 17 years later, and I am still a happy Growing Minds employee working alongside great loving teachers. Now I am in a position where I get to help children and their families who are in need as I once was.


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Growing Minds is very close to my heart for many reasons. The main one being that over a decade ago, my first son attended as a child and has some beautiful memories about the center and the staff that took care of him. The center for me was a resource in my community that allowed for me to further my education after high school and was instrumental in my career success. I owe the center part of my success. Due to the center I had the support that I needed to continue my education and also work part time. Furthermore, it gave my son the early childhood education that he needed to get a head start in kindergarten. Therefore, now that I have the opportunity to give back to the center by volunteering, I do so from the bottom of my heart. I truly believe that resources like Growing Minds allow for our community to get ahead and are essential in our local communities.


Join us at one of our 5 locations

We offer 5 child development center locations throughout North San Diego County.


1805 S Escondido Blvd
Escondido CA 92025
Ph: 760-745-1302


1317 Oak Hill Drive
Escondido CA 92027
Ph: 760-739-9195

West Mission

715 West Mission Ave, Suite A
Escondido CA 92025
Ph: 442-277-4458

North Fig

950 N Fig Street
Escondido CA 92026
Ph: 760-317-9021


709 San Diego Street
Oceanside CA 92058
Ph: 760-757-1931