Some people always wonder what to do with their life, switching majors in college and careers, but for others, it was always meant to be.
Huntington Beach resident Patti Young falls into the latter category.
Born into a family of educators — her mother was an elementary school teacher and her two younger sisters became educators — Young showed early aptitude for early childhood development.
As a teenager, Young would take charge of her little sisters and the neighborhood kids, keeping them busy with different activities she would plan out like arts-and-crafts projects and pretend parades.
"It was always assumed in my family that Patti would have a preschool," she said.
Her family's assumption came true, and Saturday afternoon, Young celebrated the 30th anniversary of Patti's Preschool at 19270 Goldenwest St. with food, festivities, face-painting and balloon art.
Young started her preschool with $6,000 and three students at Beach Boulevard and Knoxville Avenue. She has moved locations and grown her business to two locations, but consolidated to one final location with 150 students nestled behind the Seacliff Village Shopping Center.