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Youth Spiritual Exploration

Young Children: Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Our program for young children is housed in our preschool building. This is a secure facility with a gated yard, which requires a code for entry. We request that newcomers seek out a staff member to help them get settled. We are always happy to help.

Childcare is available for all church services except for Christmas Eve. Childcare may also be available for other church events and activities upon request.
Our Childcare program has several goals. The first and most important is to provide a safe, warm, inviting and supportive atmosphere that both parents and children will enjoy. Our second goal is to encourage independence, creativity, and a sense of discovery and exploration. Each child will be encouraged to grow and find new ways to have fun and feel secure in new relationships.

The staff, supervised by our Director of Spiritual Exploration, include a number of paid caregivers and occasionally youth or adult volunteers from the congregation. Childcare is administered with a warm and caring spirit.

Neighborhood is pleased to provide this service and parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers or visit any time.
If you would like to request childcare for a church activity or event, or are interested in assisting in the Childcare program, please contact the Director of Spiritual Exploration.

Youth Spiritual Exploration (K-12)

There is always something for children and youth to do at Neighborhood Church! Our Youth Spiritual Exploration program runs year-round offering a variety of classes and activities. Some weeks, we worship as a community and children and youth stay in the Sanctuary for the entirety of the service. Most weeks, children and youth in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade start out in the Sanctuary and are sung out to their classes or other activities (subject to change due to the pandemic).

The mission of the Youth Spiritual Exploration (YSE) Program at Neighborhood Church is to:

Youth Spiritual Exploration
Participant Handbook

For a detailed list of all current classes and groups for children and youth, please review our Youth Spiritual Exploration Participant Handbook


To register your child for Youth Spiritual Exploration

For additional parent resources, please see below:

Parent Resources 

We are pleased to provide these parent resources, which align with our Unitarian Universalist values. Please note that these are external links and Neighborhood Church is not responsible for their content.

For Parents of Young Children

Article: “Do’s and Don’ts of Compassionate Parenting” on Psychology Today 

Blog Post: “It’s Hard to Be a Kid! Tips for Compassionate Parenting” on Left Brain Buddha

For Parents of Teens

Webpage: Parenting skills, Tips for raising teens on Mayo Clinic 

Article: “Self-Compassionate Parents, Happier Teens” on Greater Good Magazine 

Pasadena Unified School District Information

PUSD Website

Pasadena Educational Foundation

Pasadena Education Network

Sexuality Education

Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education, the Unitarian Universalist Association

More Than Sex-Ed

Planned Parenthood