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Irvine Child Care Project

Directory of Irvine Child Care Project Programs

Established in 1984, Irvine Child Care Project is a Joint Powers Agreement between the Irvine Unified School District and the City of Irvine, overseen by the Irvine Child Care Project Board of Directors.  It is a unique partnership in which the City of Irvine and the Irvine Unified School District collaborate to accommodate more affordable and quality child care in the city. 

The Board is comprised of two members appointed by the governing board of each of the parties to the Joint Powers Agreement, and one member interested in child care appointed by the remaining board members. Click here for Board meeting information.


The mission of the Irvine Child Care Project is to provide quality, affordable, school-age child care through community-based, non-profit organizations located on elementary school sites for children of families who live and/ or work in Irvine.

Irvine Child Care Project leases facilities on all 24 Irvine Unified School District elementary school campuses to non-profit agencies operating licensed before and after-school child care (grades K-6), and serves approximately 2,000 children. Click here to view a directory of Irvine Child Care Project programs.

One Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 19575
Irvine, California 92623-9575

Program Quality

The Irvine Child Care Project offers:

  • High quality, state licensed programs 
  • Dedicated child development staff
  • Nurturing environments
  • Well-rounded curriculum and activities
  • Academic support
  • Year round programs

Irvine Child Care Project sites participate in comprehensive program reviews conducted by a volunteer advisory group, the Program Assessment and Review Committee. Rigorous assessments of program quality using criteria that exceed State Licensing standards (including health and safety, planning and documentation of learning, staff/child interactions, collaboration with school staff, and collaboration with families) are conducted each year.

Financial Assistance

Irvine Children’s Fund

The Irvine Children's Fund, a community-based nonprofit organization, provides scholarships which cover 50% of tuition costs to income-eligible working families attending Irvine Child Care Project programs. For more information about the Irvine Children’s Fund and annual Irvine Junior Games fundraiser, click here. To view scholarship application and policies, click here. If you are having trouble opening the file, please contact us at 949-724-6632.

Additional funding sources

Additional funding is available for income-eligible families through California Department of Education funding contracts with the Irvine Child Care Project, Children’s Home Society, Orange Department of Education, and Child Development Centers, Inc. Short term transitional scholarships are also available in special circumstances. For more information, click here or call the Child Care Coordination Office at (949) 724-6632.

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