Irvine Child Care Project

Please note: The County of Orange has now entered Phase 2 of re-opening, which means more people can return to work.  In order to support families returning to work, child care providers are able to serve the children of all “Permitted Workers” and children who fall into an “at risk” category.  “Permitted Workers” includes both essential workers and people who work in open sectors.

To view which businesses are permitted to re-open please view the OC Health Officer’s Orders and Recommendations.

If you are a permitted worker and need child care, please click here to access a searchable database of currently open child care centers and family child care homes serving children aged birth–12 compiled by Early Childhood OC. This database will be updated every Friday. 

Funding for Emergency Child Care (defined as child care provided through June 30, 2020) is available to eligible families.  To learn more about eligibility please click here. To apply, please visit the Children’s Home Society website.

To view additional resources for financial assistance for child care, please click here.


Directory of Irvine Child Care Project Programs

Established in 1984, Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) 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.

View Directory of Irvine Child Care Project Programs here.

View more information on the Board and its meeting schedule here.

View the annual audit here.


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 who reside in Irvine or are enrolled in the Irvine Unified School District.

Irvine Child Care Project leases facilities on all 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.

One Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 19575
Irvine, CA 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

The Irvine Child Care Project provides scholarships to income-eligible families based on funds available. Scholarship funds are provided by Irvine Children's Fund and California Department of Education.  
Scholarship application and policies
Please contact us at 949-724-6632.

Additional funding sources