Child Care Scholarships

Do You Need Assistance with Child Care Payments for Your Elementary Age Child?  

The Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) provides scholarships to income-eligible families which provides help paying for your child to attend an ICCP child care program. An ICCP child care program is located on each Irvine Unified School District elementary campus.

Families must meet the following criteria to be eligible for an ICCP Scholarship:

  • The child must attend an IUSD school.
  • Qualifying family income must meet current HUD income guidelines, based on family size.
  • Adult applicant must reside in Irvine and be financially responsible for the child (e.g. The child must be listed as a dependent on the adult applicant's federal income tax return).
  • Adult household members must be employed.

Due to the availability of temporary, one-time funds provided through the CARES Act, families who have lost employment or wages due to the coronavirus pandemic may also be eligible for funding.

If you or members of your household have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic due to a loss of hours, loss of employment or other financial impact please note that you must indicate this on your application in  the “COVID-19 Impact Certification” section and you will be required to provide supporting documentation such as Unemployment Insurance Benefits notice/payments, notification from employer of lay off/furlough or decreased hours and/or other related documentation.

Please note: Qualifying family income must meet current HUD income guidelines, based on family size, regardless of COVID impact.

There is currently a wait list for ICCP Scholarship funding for families who have NOT lost employment, wages or are risk of homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic.  If your household has not lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic you may apply for the ICCP Scholarship.  If it is determined that you are eligible for funding you will be added to the existing wait list.

Awards to eligible applicants cover a percentage of monthly tuition fees based on demonstrated financial need. Scholarship payments are made directly to the ICCP child care provider.

Irvine Child Care Project child care centers are state licensed, and provide a nurturing environment with well-rounded curriculum and activities. All child care sites are implementing additional safety and sanitation measures including aggressive cleaning, increased sanitization and disinfection, using disposable and individually assigned products, wearing of face coverings, increasing the frequency of hand washing for staff and children and daily health screenings.

ICCP programs are open Monday through Friday, year round. Before and after school care is available when school is in session and full day care is available during seasonal breaks and many non-school days.

Scholarship funding provided by the Irvine Children’s Fund.

To view the list of ICCP sites please, click here.

To access the scholarship application, please click here.

If your child will be attending a Catalyst Kids ICCP location, please contact your designated center to apply for subsidized care. To learn more about subsidized care please, click here

Funding for subsidized care is provided by the California Department of Social Services.

For more information: 949-724-6632.