Options For Learning

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Our History

Our History

Options for Learning, formerly known as Options -- A Child Care and Human Services Agency, started serving children and families in 1981. As a non-profit child care and early learning agency, Options for Learning has been at the forefront of helping families either break the cycle of poverty, or improve their lives, by providing students and families with the tools to create a positive foundation for school, social and life success.


Options for Learning provides child development, child care and after school programs that prepare infants, toddlers, preschool and school aged children for the challenges of tomorrow. Consistently ranked as a top child care and after school program provider in California, Options for Learning's 950+ professionals deliver quality programs designed to provide personalized attention for each student in an enriched, caring environment. Options for Learning also offers training, resources and support to community providers to improve the quality of their care for children.


Options for Learning has grown from a single school age program to a highly recognized agency that today serves more than 15,000 children and families.  We operate over 160 licensed child care and after school programs on more than 60 school campuses and additional community facilities throughout the San Gabriel Valley, Whittier, Pomona Valley and Northeast Los Angeles areas.  Additionally, we train and support thousands of child care providers.


Families We Serve

Options for Learning is primarily funded by federal, state and local government contracts, so many spaces in our programs allow us to assist lower income families who are working, attending college or vocational training, or seeking employment.


Families who do not meet the state or federal income guidelines may also access spaces in our Full-day Preschool and Surround Care programs at reasonable prices, or Enrichment Program, which is free, at participating schools. Additionally, our free Resource and Referral Program assists all families in locating licensed child care regardless of income.


Options for Learning welcomes children with disabilities in all our programs, provided the child can be safely and successfully served in the program.