Together, we’re celebrating 75 years of learning, joy, and community. Core to Pacific Oaks has always been our values of respect, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. In honor of our diamond anniversary and legacy, we share stories that are emblematic of the Pacific Oaks’ experience from key points in our own history.
A group of Quaker families start the new Pacific Oaks Friends School. The school opens with 10 teachers, 65 children ages 2 to 4, and the active participation of their parents.
The Board of Trustees establishes a two-year program for the preparation of nursery school teachers, taking the first step to establish the College.
Pacific Oaks receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which recognizes its child development B.S. degree.
Evangeline Burgess becomes the first president.
The name is changed to Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (Founded by Friends).
The federal government invites Pacific Oaks to conduct training for Project Head Start. The College is also awarded a grant to establish a Head Start site on campus.
Following Burgess’ death in 1965, Marianne Wolman establishes the annual Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture Series, which remains an annual event to this day.
New B.A. and M.A. degree programs in human development replace the B.S.in child development degree.
Pacific Oaks Teacher Education Program is approved to offer California teaching credentials for elementary grades. Since then, the College has added credentials in special education, bilingual education, and others.
Marriage, family, and child counseling classes begin and become a specialization in the Human Development master’s program.
The College establishes a Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling master’s program.
The College develops an online distance learning program with three classes.