Who we are

History

Options for Learning has been serving children and families since 1981. As a nonprofit child care and early learning agency, Options for Learning has been at the forefront of helping families break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives by providing tools to create a positive foundation for school, social and life success.
 
Options for Learning provides free, low-cost, and affordable child care, early learning, and before- and after-school programs that prepare children ages 0-14 for the challenges of tomorrow. The agency's 1,000+ professionals deliver quality programs designed to provide personalized attention for each student in an enriching, caring environment. Options for Learning also offers training, resources, and support to community child care providers to improve the quality of care for the children they serve.
 
Having grown from a single school-age program to a highly recognized agency that today serves more than 15,000 children, Options for Learning is consistently ranked as a top child care and school-age program provider in California. We operate at more than 90 locations, with more than 290 classrooms, on 60+ school campuses 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, Surround Care, and Empowered Learning programs at reasonable prices. Additionally, our Enrichment Program is a free program located in participating school districts. Our Resource and Referral Program assists families, regardless of income, in locating licensed child care free of charge.
 
Options for Learning welcomes children with disabilities in all our programs, provided the child can be safely and successfully served in the program.

Mission statement

Options for Learning is a leader in preparing children and supporting families for life success through innovative, quality child development programs.

Vision

All children will achieve their potential.

Values

  • Respect, integrity, accountability;
  • Professionalism;
  • Advocacy;
  • Right to access quality education;
  • A great place for children and employees to work, learn, and succeed;
  • Personal rapport between staff and families;
  • Serving a culturally and economically diverse community;
  • Innovative and creative contributions to our field.