Programs overview

Options for Learning's center-based programs

Options for Learning's center-based programs are primarily funded by federal, state and local government contracts. As a result, 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 who would like to enroll their children may be able to access spaces in our Full-day Preschool, Surround Care and Empowered Learning programs at reasonable prices. Additionally, our Enrichment Program is a free program located in participating school districts.
 
Options for Learning welcomes children with disabilities in all our programs, provided the child can be safely and successfully served in the program.
 

Resource and Referral Program

Options for Learning's Resource and Referral Program assists families regardless of income in locating licensed child care free of charge.

INFANT CARE

  • Full-day/full-year infant center and home-based program
  • Serves children from birth to 3 years and pregnant women
  • Extensive family support and involvement
  • Free for low-income and qualifying families
  • Federally funded program

PRESCHOOL

  • Full-day, full-year preschool
  • Serves ages 3-4 years; 2-year-olds in Whittier
  • Free, low-cost and full-pay options
  • Free for low-income and qualifying families
  • Federally and state-funded program
 
  • Half-day, full-day and home-based programs
  • Serve ages 3-4 years
  • Extensive family support and involvement
  • Free for low-income families
  • Federally funded programs
  • Half-day, 10-month preschool program
  • Serves ages 3-4 years
  • Free for low-income families
  • State-funded program

SCHOOL AGE

  • After-school program
  • Serves grades 1-8
  • Located on school sites
  • Free program regardless of income
  • State-funded program
  • Before- and after-school, full-year program
  • Serves ages 4.9-12 years
  • Located on school sites
  • Free, low-cost and full-pay options
  • State-funded program
  • Before- and after-school, full-year program
  • Serves ages 4.9-12 years
  • Located on school sites
  • Free, low-cost and full-pay options
  • State-funded program

 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PARENTS AND PROVIDERS

  • Free child care referrals for parents regardless of income
  • Help paying for child care for low-income and CalWORKs families
  • Food and nutrition program for licensed family child care providers
  • Support and training for child care professionals