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Child Care Information for Families

Child Care Information For Families

The Child Care Coordination Office provides a variety of services to support children and families in the City of Irvine.

Finding Child Care
Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.  Finding the care most suitable for your child will take time, but learning about the types of child care available and how to determine quality in a child care program will help your search to be successful.

Financial Assistance
Several programs within Orange County may be able to provide financial assistance with your child care needs.

Your Child's Development
Height and weight are often used to measure a child's growth. A child's development can be measured by how a child learns, speaks, moves, behaves and relates. Skills such as smiling, waving, talking and walking are developmental milestones. Progress on these milestones can be found with regular developmental screening through childhood. A screening tool is often a questionnaire, such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, that is completed by a parent or caregiver. A professional works with the family in reviewing the results. All children birth through age 5 should be screened regularly prior to school entry. To learn more about developmental screening please click
here. Developmental screening is available at the IUSD Early Childhood Learning CenterPretend City Children's Museum and Help Me Grow are offering ASQ Online for Orange County Families for free. Click here to view the FREE Developmental Screening Schedule.

Online Educational Resources
Carefully selected online resources for families to support every area of your child's development from birth through school age. Topics include: child development, parenting/grand-parenting, social emotional development, literacy, science, math, nutrition/physical fitness, etc.

Children with Special Needs and Child Care
As a parent of a special needs child, getting information and assistance to provide for your child's emotional, intellectual, physical, and health needs with help to promote long-term success.

Child Resource Center (CRC)
The CRC offers resources and materials to support your child’s early learning and development.

Trainings and Events
A list of workshops and events for early care & education professionals is provided to enhance the quality of child care in Irvine.  Workshops may also be of interest to parents. Please see each specific listing for the appropriate audience. 

The State of California Division of Community Care Licensing has oversight authority over all licensed family child care homes and child care centers.  To make a complaint please contact Orange County Community Care Licensing at 714-703-2800.  Remember: When you report suspected violations, you not only protect individuals in care facilities, but also perform a service to your community.



Irvine Unified School Early Childhood Education Center
Provides an array of services to help families and early childcare providers develop skills that build strong families with healthy children, ages 0-5, who are learning and ready for school.

Help Me Grow
Are you concerned with your child’s development? Are you challenged by your child’s behavior?  Would you like more information on parenting? Help Me Grow connects families and children with developmental, behavioral or learning concerns to resources in the community.
 To view their flyer, click here

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
Resources designed to help parents find quality child care, get the latest information on child development and parenting issues, keep informed on current legislation and policies affecting young children, look at their work choices after having a baby, and have access to hundreds of fun, learning activities to do with their children.

South Orange County Family Resource Center
To improve family and community life, the Family Resource Center brings together services and activities that educate, support and provide resources to families with children including parenting education, parent/child interactive classes, health care access services and counseling services.

Transitional Kindergarten and Irvine Unified School District
In 2010, California passed the Kindergarten Readiness Act, which will shift the birthday cut-off date for kindergarten enrollment from 5 years old on or before December 2 to 5 years old on or before September 1. The Irvine Unified School District will be implementing this change gradually (please click on title for cut off dates and information) over the next three school years.

Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)
The Orange County Department of Education strives to make a difference in Orange County schools through world class resources, services, and opportunities for parents, educators, students, and community members.  Visit OCDE online to learn more about the programs and services that support and foster excellence in Orange County schools.

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