Dana Huffman is passionate about education and equal opportunity for all children. In 1991, she incorporated Smart Start Child Development Center, a community-based non-profit childcare organization. Smart Start began providing services in 1994 at Topa Topa and Meiners Oaks Elementary Schools. The program has expanded to include Mira Monte, Downtown Ojai, and Oak View. It serves school-age children and income-eligible families with children age two through five. On a daily basis, Smart Start provides full- and half-day preschool and before- and after-school childcare to over 250 Ojai Valley Families.