Child Care Information

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.

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

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.

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. 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 are offering ASQ Online for Orange County Families for free. Check out the free Developmental Screening Schedule here.

Trainings and Events

A list of workshops and events for early care and 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.

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.