Resources & Information for Families

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

Resources for Parenting During COVID-19

The City of Irvine has put together a list of resources for parents to help support their own and their children’s mental health and well-being while facing the many challenges posed by the pandemic.

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.

Child Resource Center (CRC)

The CRC offers resources and materials to support your child’s early learning and development.

Children with Special Needs and Child Care

Children come with many types of health and developmental needs. All early care and education centers are expected to make every effort to accommodate children with special needs. There are many resources available to support families in finding quality care and education programs, to support teachers and caregivers including a child with special needs, and to link children who have or may have a disability with intervention services.

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 (ASQ), 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. Learn more about developmental screening from Help Me Grow Orange County. 

Developmental screening is available at the IUSD Early Childhood Learning Center.

Pretend City Children's Museum and Help Me Grow offer FREE ASQ Online for Orange County families. Also, in person developmental screening is conducted monthly through the Family Support Network, click here to view the schedule of upcoming screening events. 

On-Demand Training & Resources and Training Calendar

The Child Care Coordination Office compiles this list of resources and webinars for early care and education professionals to enhance the quality of child care in Irvine. Many of these webinars would also be beneficial for families having young children.

View additional links for resources for parents.

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/grandparenting, social emotional development, literacy, science, math, nutrition/physical fitness, etc.

Kindergarten Readiness

Curious about kindergarten readiness and making sure your child is on track?  Check out Irvine Unified School District’s School Readiness Site where you can find parent education videos, monthly articles, and more!

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

The Irvine Children's Health Program is a partnership between the City of Irvine and the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers. Certified Enrollment Counselors from the Coalition help families and individuals enroll in health insurance programs. Assistance is available at no cost.