​​​​​​A Note from NBCC's

Jonnie Cardinale

Preschools, Post-COVID (kind of), & Progressing Children Forward

Hello and welcome to our NBCC website. 

I appreciate your inquiry to NBCC and understand the overwhelming task it is deciding which preschool is best for your child. There are educational philosophies to compare, value alignments to consider, scheduling needs to manage, and in addition, COVID's continuous variants to contend with.

These past few years have been difficult to say the least, with all of us becoming way too familiar with COVID protocols, requirements, & terminology. Every family with a young child and/or children, along with every preschool owner, director, & teacher felt the effects of these times & experienced the hullabaloo & trauma. Through it all however, we learned to work together to keep one another safe, our preschool doors open, and our youngest kiddos in school.

Now here we are in the 2022-23 school year, past the hump of mandated cohorts, quarantines, and requirements, and are nearly back to our accustomed ways of 'doing' school. Although we still have to abide by state & local regulations, and have to navigate new COVID strains while children ages 0-4 are not yet vaccinated, we are feeling good about the direction and confident that children's learning is back on track.

NBCC takes seriously the monumental undertaking families have in choosing their child's first educational environment and are here to answer all of your questions.

My team & I are thrilled to talk to you about child development, theorists, philosophies, current research, and studies showing correlations between 'quality early education & children's future academic success'.

We are excited to share with you NBCC's pedagogy and educational practices and about our wonderful teacher team. Everyone at NBCC is passionate about child development and are committed to providing exceptional care and enriching experiences.

If NBCC is not your school, we are happy to guide in the direction of one of the many other wonderful preschools in this beautiful Santa Cruz County.  There are many options.

Also, as you visit different preschools consider the following as a baseline to your decision making: 

  • Does the school go above & beyond in keeping your child safe & healthy   
  • Are the staff, teachers, & Director informative & welcoming
  • Do the children seem happy, engaged, nurtured, & inspired
  • Is the environment inviting for kiddos
  • Does the school culture exude kind & inclusive behaviors     


  • Does the school see children for the amazing & unique humans that they are. 

When after your visit you feel great and can answer yes to all of the above, AND if the school meets all of your other needs, you know you have found the right place. 

The biggest indicator however, will come from your heart. Your heart will tell you whether you have found the perfect preschool for your child and your heart will lead you in your decision making. There is no better guide. 

Look around our website. If you are inspired by what you read, give us a call to set up a tour.

We all look forward to hearing from you! 

Very Warmest,
Jonnie Cardinale

Inspiring Children ~ Creating Community ~ Building Bridges​



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