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About Barton’s

My son has been going to Barton’s since he was 2 and he is now almost 6. He loves the kids and all his teachers. We couldn’t be happier with their care of our son. Thanks Bartons.

– Scott & Jennifer

We are happy for the opportunity to share with you the responsibility for promoting a positive social, mental, physical and emotional attitude for your child during a period when growth is rapid and important. We proudly provide a structured program in a warm home away from home environment.


Barton’s has been serving the fine families of Oroville since 1951 for over 60 years. It has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuing licensed facilities in California. It was founded by its namesake Donna Barton, who operated Donna Barton’s Nursery School for over 30 years. Donna’s niece, Karen Murrish, has owned and directed Barton’s since 1980. We have had the privilege of caring and preparing several generations of Oroville’s families.


Karen has 30 years experience as the owner and director of Barton’s. She and her husband purchased the school from her aunt, Donna Barton, in 1980. Karen is a credentialed teacher who previously taught elementary grades in public education.

Karen and her staff of experienced teachers participate in an ongoing program of studies to remain alert to the ever-changing needs of children.  We will deal with each child individually, giving them firm, and loving care.  We are working to achieve progress in these areas:

  • Increased confidence and security to promote self-esteem.
  • To share and take turns.
  • Maintain limits of behavior.
  • Stimulate creative expression.
  • Broaden intellectual horizons.
  • Handle emotional problems in acceptable ways.

Our Hours

Monday thru Friday: 6:30am – 5:30pm

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