Children, Youth & Families

The City of Irvine is a family-friendly community that provides a plethora of services and activities, and high quality education for children of all ages. Irvine actively seeks out ways to support children and families and maintain an environment in which all may thrive.

Children and Youth

A variety of resources, including general information related to childcare, are available online through the Child Care Coordination Office, and the Child Resource Center.

The City also supports activities and programs for youth such as the High School Youth Action Team and the Middle School Program

Youth athletic and aquatics programs as well as summer camps ensure a variety of recreational opportunities are available to kids throughout the year.

Assistance for Families

Financial support for low-income families to participate in City programs they might not otherwise be able to afford can be provided through the City’s scholarship program. Other financial support can be found through the Irvine Children's Fund, which is a non-profit community support organization whose mission is to raise funds to help parents meet on-site before and after school child care needs of children attending Irvine elementary schools.

The City has also partnered with the Children’s Health Initiative of Orange County to develop the Irvine Children’s Health Program to assist income-eligible families obtain access to affordable quality health care for their children. 

Additional information regarding health care for children can be found at the California Coverage & Health Initiatives website. Additional support for families in need is available through Irvine-based Families Forward, which assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

Housing assistance for families can be found through the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT), which was established in 2006 to provide affordable housing opportunities for the community and region. The ICLT develops and preserves both rental and ownership units.

Other locally-based charitable organizations related to children, youth, and families can be found on the City’s website.