Kids Blowing Bubbles

Childcare in LA

 

Non-Profit Resource and Referral Agencies

These agencies will help you find childcare in your area. They also provide subsidies (through the state) for eligible families throughout Los Angeles County. The subsidies may be used for any participating private childcare provider. Most childcare providers participate. As of 1/4/2017, the only families that can expect to immediately receive childcare subsidies are families in which both the children and the adults in the household are receiving cash aid (Called ‘Stage 1’). If the adults in a family have received cash aid in the last two years (but are not currently receiving it), that family has a good chance of receiving a subsidy (‘Stage 2’). However, because of the CA budget crisis, families who are not and have not recently received cash aid, though eligible for smaller subsidies, can’t expect to receive subsidies anytime soon. The waitlist for these families is frozen. (Call to check the status regularly; but keep in mind that your chances of getting subsidies anytime soon are quite low, unfortunately).

 

Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles

CCALA is an umbrella agency/alliance of ten agencies (including the agencies listed below) that provides general information and resources. For more specific information, call the agency below that services your area. 


All of Los Angeles

Childcare Alliance (CCALA)

815 Colorado Blvd.,

Second Floor, Suite C

Los Angeles, CA 90041

323-274-1380

888-922-4453

*Please note: the childcare options listed below are referrals, not recommendations unless otherwise noted.

West Side Connections for Children

2701 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-452-3325

Central LA/South Bay

Crystal Stairs

5110 W Goldleaf Cir Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90056
323-299-8998

Central LA/East Side

Pathways 

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90010
213-427 2700

 

Subsidized / Sliding Scale Options
Infants

There are two main options: infant centers or home daycares. The former are typically more expensive and spots are limited. The latter tend to be less expensive and there are more spots available. We recommend putting your child’s name on several wait-lists as soon as possible. It is also much more difficult to find low-cost or sliding scale options for infants. If you qualify for Stage 1 subsidies, it will likely cover much of your infant care. If not, you’re likely looking at $1000-2000/month for full-time infant care, unless you get into one of the few programs that offer tuition assistance. There are a few at UCLA.

 
Baby Siblings

Infants

0-2 years

 

UCLA child care (0-5 years)

All centers provide childcare from 6 weeks to 5 years. Waitlists are long, so get on them ASAP. Tuition assistance available for eligible families.

Krieger Center (on campus)

6 weeks-5 years
Bellagio Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-825-5086

Fernald Center (on campus)

6 weeks-5 years
10620 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90077
310-825-2900

University Village Center

6 weeks-5 years
3233 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-915-5827

UCLA Westwood Child Care Center

6 weeks-5 years
10861 Weyburn Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-481-0664

UCLA Intervention
Program

For infants and toddlers with developmental risks and disabilities.

1000 Veteran Avenue, Suite 23-10

Los Angeles, CA 90095  
310-825-4821

 

Early Head Start

West Side

Early Head Start is from birth-3 years. Families at or below the federal poverty level (FPL) who are working, in school, or looking for work definitely qualify. If space is available, families at up to 130% of FPL are eligible. Here are the income ceilings for Early Head Start as well as a comprehensive list of programs:

https://www.lacoe.edu/Early-Learning/Head-Start

Venice Family Clinic

Head Start/ Early Head Start

2509 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 664-7536

www.venicefamilyclinic.org

Westside Children’s Center, Inc.

Head Start/ Early Head Start

12120 Wagner Street

Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 397-4200 #6512

www.westsidechildren.org

PACE – Los Angeles

Head Start/ Early Head Start

1055 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1050

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 989-3244

www.pacela.org

 
Toddler with Toys

Children

2 years and up

 

Early Education Centers (EECs) - West Side

EECs are a state-funded affordable option, for ages 2-5. Subsidies are available up to the full cost of tuition, depending on household income.

Shenandoah Early Education Center

8861 Beverlywood St.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-838-7328

Marina Early Education Center

4908 Westlawn Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-822-8436

For questions/more info:

Los Angeles Unified School District

333 South Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017

213-241-1000

EEC Website: http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/497

 

For a complete list of Early Education Centers in the LA Unified School District, go to this link http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/497 and click ‘EEC locations’. The following list is not exhaustive.

 

California State Preschool (CSPP)

California State Preschools are another affordable option for 3-4 year olds. Subsidies available, up to the full cost of tuition, depending on household income. (As of 1/4/2017, the household income ceiling was around $3800). There are waitlists, though, so get on them ASAP! Four year olds have priority. Some programs are only part-day; some have both part-day and full-day options. Be sure to look into / get on the wait-list in multiple districts! Your child may attend any state preschool, regardless of whether you live in the district.

Santa Monica / Malibu School District

There are nine state preschools in the Santa Monica/Malibu School District: McKinley, Pine, Franklin, Washington West, G. Woods, Will Rogers, John Adams, John Muir, Lincoln, Infant / Toddler Center Infant / Toddler Center. To apply for one/some/first available, fill out this application:

 

Application: https://www.smmusd.org/Page/4111

 

For questions/more info:

Child Development Services

2828 Fourth Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-399-5865

Culver City School District

There are six state preschools in the Culver City School District: Center for Early Education, El Marino, El Rincon, Farragut, Lin Howe, and La Ballona. To apply for one/some/all of them, fill out this application:

 

Application

For questions/more info:

CCUSD Office of Child Development

10800 Farragut Drive, Culver City, CA 90230

310-842-4230

 

CSPP - Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

To find a CSPP in LAUSD, go to this link https://achieve.lausd.net/page/501

(Note, the following list is not exhaustive.)

Braddock Dr CSPP      

West Side

4711 Inglewood Blvd. Rm. 2
Culver City, CA, 90230 (Culver City/ Mar Vista)        
310-391-6707

Stoner Ave CSPP     

West Side

11735 Braddock Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90230 (Mar Vista)
310-390-3396

Kentwood SPS

West Side

8401 Emerson Ave        
Los Angeles, CA 90045 (Del Rey/Playa Vista)

Cheremoya Ave SPS

Central LA

6017 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)        
323-464-1722

Selma Ave SPS

Central LA

6611 Selma Ave        
Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Gardner St SPS

Central LA

7450 Hawthorne Ave.        
Los Angeles, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)
323-876-4710

Coliseum St CSPP

South LA / South Bay

4400 Coliseum St.
Los Angeles, CA 90016 (Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw)
323-294-5244

Century Park CSPP

South LA / South Bay

10935 S Spinning Ave
Inglewood, CA 90303        
323-757-8231

LTSC Angelina Preschool

East Side

1336 W Angelina St. #108
Los Angeles, 90026 (Echo Park)
213-481-0227

To apply for one/some/all of them, fill out this application:

 

Application: https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/vE0dI0cy3hUH1zuqqXcgQsGOamEjg2goxzfHdBtXPDwHgdgy.pdf

 

Head Start - West Side

Head Start is for ages 3-5. Early Head Start is from birth-3 years. Families at or below the federal poverty level (FPL) definitely qualify. If space is available, families at up to 130% of FPL are eligible. Here are the income ceilings for Head Start as well as a comprehensive list of programs:

https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1899

Volunteers of America, Mar Vista Head Start

11815 Allin Street

Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 482-3981

http://childcarecenter.us

Venice Family Clinic

Head Start/ Early Head Start

2509 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 664-7536

www.venicefamilyclinic.org

Westside Children’s Center, Inc.

Head Start/ Early Head Start

12120 Wagner Street

Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 397-4200 #6512

www.westsidechildren.org

Children's Institute, Inc.

Head Start

711 S New Hampshire Av

Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 807-1800

www.childrensinstitute.org

PACE – Los Angeles

Head Start/Early Head Start

1055 Wilshire Blvd Suite #1050

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 989-3244

www.pacela.org

Volunteers of America, Overland

Head Start

3615 Overland Ave

Los Angeles CA, 90034

(310) 836-2340

www.childcarecenter.us

The Children’s Place, Santa Monica

Head Start

235 Hill Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 399-6405

www.childrensplacepreschool.org

 

Other Sliding Scale/Low Cost Options

West LA College Child Care Center

Ages 2-5, offers tuition assistance

9000 Overland Avenue

Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 287-4357

http://www.wlac.edu

The Growing Place

Non-profit; offers tuition assistance.

401 Ashland Ave

Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-399-7769

http://www.thegrowingplace.com/

Blue Oak Creative School House

2.5 yrs-5 yrs; private; scholarships available for eligible families.

12719 Washington Place

Los Angeles, CA 90066

310-390-4111

http://www.blueoakschoolhouse.com

Culver-Palms YMCA Preschool

Ages 2-5; offers tuition assistance up to 35% of tuition.
4464 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

Hill n’ Dale Family Learning Center

3 mos-5 years; tuition assistance for Santa Monica residents only.

2801 25th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-450-2803

www.hillndale.org

St. Sebastian Preschool 

Ages 2.5-4

Tuition reduction is available.

1430 Federal Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 473-3337

Website

St. Augustine Preschool

Ages 2-3

Financial assistance is available.

3819 Clarington Ave.

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 838-3144

http://staugustineschool.com/

LAUP-Discontinued

You may have heard about LA Universal Preschool (LAUP). It guaranteed preschool to all four year olds regardless of family income. Unfortunately, the grant has run out, and the program no longer exists. :(


Private / Full-Cost* Programs

*Though the following options do not (to our knowledge) offer any financial assistance, etc., we’ve tried to include programs that are around or below average cost.)

 

Co-ops

Cooperative Schools are a great option, especially if you don’t need full-time care (they are often part-time) and are looking for schools with a high degree of parent involvement (your participation will be required). They usually begin around 2/2.5 years old. Though none of the options below offer financial assistance/scholarships/etc., all cost below average, as they are co-ops.

 

Co-Ops - West Side

La Playa Co-op Nursery School

5041 Rhoda Way

Culver City, CA  90230

310-839-1579

http://laplayacooperative.com/

Little Village Nursery School

11827 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90064

310-479-8468

http://www.lvns.org/

University Parents Nursery School - UPNS

3233 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA  90034

310-397-2735

http://www.upns.info/

Westchester Parents Nursery School - WPNS

7300 Manchester Ave.

Los Angeles, CA  90045

310-670-5522

http://www.wpns.org/

Beverly Glen Playgroup

10409 Scenario Lane

Los Angeles, CA 90077

310-470-0992

http://www.beverlyglenplaygroup.org/

Dig Childhood Center

(In the process of moving from its current location in Santa Monica to Grand View Blvd. (near the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market)

(310) 452-3885 x2 
http://www.digcenter.org/

 

3200 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

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