May 4, 2018 (San Marcos, CA)The Board of Directors and the Executive Team of Casa de Amparo announce that preschool services currently being offered at the Child Development Center in Oceanside will be discontinued effective June 30th, 2018. This decision was made after careful examination of the viability of this program in comparison to the extensive needs of the community that we serve.  


The Center was created in 1980 to address the needs of at-risk youth in a child care setting while also providing therapeutic interventions for the families. At the time, there were no other programs of this type and young at-risk youth were consistently failing out of child care settings. Over the past 30+ years, the landscape in child care has changed offering a variety of therapeutic preschools throughout North County to address this need. The State of California implemented the Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) which allowed child care providers throughout the state to offer therapeutic services such as those offered at the Casa de Amparo Child Development Center. As a result, many of the very large providers such as MAAC and Head Start have been able to implement these services very effectively. “This is an ideal time for Casa de Amparo to shift its focus away from preschool, which is so well represented in the community, and focus on providing services to our existing population of foster and former foster youth and their children in need of intensive services to promote healing and growth” states Tamara Fleck-Myers LMFT, Executive Director of Casa de Amparo.


The Board of Directors and the Executive Team is grateful for the ongoing community support it has received since being established in 1978 and will continue to provide exceptional services tailored to meet the needs of our community.  



Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo (Home of Protection) is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non–profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as 950 families through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. These programs include Residential ServicesCounseling ServicesFamily Visitation Child Development CenterNew Directions, and Young Parent Network.

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