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Downtown Education Center – PRESCHOOL & INFANT CARE


Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center

We offer preschool and infant care, age 6 weeks to 6 years. Afterschool care is available until your child’s 6th birthday.

  • Early literacy curriculum
  • Arts education
  • Safe, loving environment
  • Partnership with families
  • Christian foundation
  • Healthy food prepared on site


“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)


Watch our CEO, Karen Goh, announce the unveiling of new computer technology for the children of Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center in Bakersfield, CA, as part of IGT’s global After School Advantage program.

Enroll Today!

Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center, located in the heart of downtown Bakersfield at 17th and M Street, is now enrolling. For more than a decade, our preschool and infant care center has nurtured comprehensive readiness for success with an established research-based curriculum, a faith-based foundation, and a safe, loving environment. Call 661633-2302 to arrange for a personal tour.

We welcome all private clients and Community Connection for Child Care!

Enroll your child at Garden Pathways… for success in school and success in life.

Quotes from Parents

“I appreciate [Garden Pathways] so much; Mattox is thriving and also loving it”

– parent of 4-year old

“Excellent job by staff and volunteers.  My child loves her school.  She is prepared socially, culturally, and academically to go forward to kindergarten with confidence.”
– parent of 4-year old

“I love how friendly the staff is.  I love how comfortable and welcoming they make me feel, especially since I come in daily to spend my lunch breaks with my son.

– parent of infant

“I love how staff tell me about my son’s day and all the interesting and funny things he says.”
– parent of 4-year old

Learn More About Our School!

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Licensed Child Care

Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center, a division of Garden Pathways, Inc. is a fully-licensed child and infant care center (California Day Care Center License #153808748, 153808747) . We welcome all private clients and Community Connection for Child Care.

Our fully-qualified staff engages in ongoing professional development to ensure the optimal care and education of your child. Our energetic and experienced teacher’s continual quest for excellence and our love of children elicit the finest in child care.

Research-Based Practices

Your child benefits from the best of research in early childhood education. Guidelines of the premier national early childhood education associations judiciously shape our curriculum and practices. We perform ongoing assessments of your child’s progress to allow us to effectively help your child during the critical first years of development.

Three major projects have formed the foundation for the development of our core curriculum:

  • the report of the Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy of the National Research Council;
  • the report of the Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine;
  • the joint statement of the International Reading Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a statement endorsed by twelve other professional associations concerned with the education of young children.
Early Literacy Curriculum

Our engaging, research-based core curriculumHoughton Mifflin Pre-K: Where Bright Futures Begin, incorporates these ten principles that reflect learning from early childhood studies and informed practice:

  1. An integrated curriculum
  2. Standards-based instruction
  3. Age-appropriateness
  4. Cultural and linguistic diversity
  5. Balance of exploration and instruction
  6. Oral language development
  7. Focus on literacy
  8. Focus on math
  9. Social and emotional development
  10. Family involvement

Our curriculum features high-quality literaturechild-centered themes and a flexible lesson structure that specifically develops critical early literacy skills, such as oral language, listening comprehension, vocabulary, phonological awareness, print awareness and alphabet knowledge. The program also teaches mathematics on a daily basis, and incorporates activities to address social/emotional development, physical development, science, social studies, music and art.

Amazing Athletes

Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center offers optional classes with Amazing Athletes for an additional monthly fee. Classes are Tuesdays at 9am. Coach Natalie works with the children on the basic fundamentals and mechanics of 9 different sports.  For more information, go to or see the brochures at the front desk.

Arts Education

The preschool provides your child with unique opportunities for education in the arts. We give children rich experiences in many art forms, encouraging creative expression through music, movement, language, and visual art. Gifted teachers in the arts enhance your child’s learning experience. Our arts programs reflect application of research that shows the significant benefits of the arts on child development and academic achievement.

Partnership with Families

Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center closely partners with families to help you support your child’s learning and development and to enable us to achieve shared goals. Frequent communication with families underpins collaborative partnership based on trust, respect, and positive regard.

Character Education

Our staff members partner with you to develop positive character traits in your child. We model and teach important social skills and character qualities such as kindness, honesty, generosity, and self-control. Our Christian values-based training reinforces the values that are the foundation of our society.

Healthy Food Prepared On Site

Downtown Education Center serves nutritious meals and snacks based on the United States Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Programguidelines.  Our cook lovingly prepares all meals on site with attention to high quality ingredients and freshness. Parents are always welcome to join their children for lunch!

Ongoing Assessment

Staff at Downtown Education Center utilize the Desired Results Developmental Profile for Preschool to assess enrolled children and inform our lesson planning.  The 6 Desired Results are:

1) Children are personally and socially competent.

2) Children are effective learners.

3) Children show physical and motor competence.

4) Children are safe and healthy.

5) Families support their child’s learning and development.

6) Families achieve their goals.

We truly partner with families to best assist the growth and development of the child and the success of the family as a whole.  Assessment of children is done upon entry into the program, to establish a baseline, and then up to twice a year thereafter.  Completed assessments will be followed by Parent-Teacher Conferences to share your child’s strengths and areas for development.

More information on Desired Results can be found at

Facility Security

Our spacious facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system and cameras to ensure your child’s safety.



(661) 633-2302

1130 17th Street (corner of M St)
Bakersfield, CA 93301


Mon-Fri 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Karen Goh, President/CEO

Laurie Fontaine, Director of Childhood Education