Casa dei Bambini was founded in 2009 by Elizabeth Kale. Her family had moved up to the Santa Maria Valley from Santa Barbara. In the quest to find excellent preschool care for her two young girls, Elizabeth decided to finish her Montessori certification and open the preschool.
Elizabeth started in the granny unit of her home with her children plus one other child. Within a year, she had hired a native Spanish speaking assistant and grown the preschool to 12 children. By year 5, the school had outgrown the space and Casa moved to Bethel Lutheran Church’s education building. Casa has grown to 18 staff members, and now includes infant through School-age care. Elizabeth is passionate about Montessori education utilizing the outdoor classroom, and the dual immersion approach. She continues to further her education with trainings throughout the year.