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Your support changes lives, today and for generations to come.


Donors gifting $1,000 or more become part Nan’s Legacy Circle. Secure Beginnings is committed to forwarding the vision of our founder Nan Tolbert. Nan knew that a child’s secure attachment would change their lifelong trajectory, making them more resilient to adversity, better able to adapt to school and work, and more likely to experience healthy, loving relationships.

Nan was a pioneer, charting the course through her grassroots efforts to educate and inform the community about the importance of investing in early relationships and secure beginnings. Soon, she acquired support from friends and community members to help expand her work. Through robust and tireless volunteer efforts, Nan and friends founded the Ojai Valley Birth and Resource Center, the foundation of today’s Secure Beginnings.

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To donate via check, please mail your donation to us at Secure Beginnings, PO Box 285, Ojai, CA 93024.

Your gift directly impacts families through our portfolio of programs that nurture secure attachment. We serve families regardless of their ability to pay.

Redesigned to meet social distancing guidelines. Trained volunteers providing support for new parents, reducing isolation and supporting infant-parent well-being including postpartum mood adjustment disorders through early intervention and referral.

Individual parenting guidance from experts specializing in child development and early family life

Classes, workshops and parent education groups, expanded to support early literacy through a curated library of songs and stories delivered online in English and Spanish, focused on supporting emotional regulation, narrating children’s experiences, and supporting stages of development and early attachment.

Specialized network of therapists trained in early childhood development, secure attachment, early relationships, and postpartum mood adjustment disorders

Twice-monthly diaper bank providing free diapers and wipes to families in need

Careline offering support from a lactation and early feedings specialist

Our new education and leadership series for Latino families filled to capacity. We have added bilingual Spanish/English staff in classes and ParentCare to better serve Latino families across our programs.

Supporting young parents though peer mentorship, 1:1 outreach, and direct access to all our programming