UCI Child Care Services

UCI Child Care Services promotes participation of student, staff and faculty parents in the teaching, learning, and research missions of the University. The Centers support, nurture and enhance all areas of children’s development. All children are regarded as individuals of equal worth and value who come to the centers at their own developmental level and who bring with them a unique mixture of family background, life experience, learning style and idiosyncratic ways of being in the world.

We are interested in strengthening families to meet the varied demands of maintaining a career and a family in a rapidly changing world. Subsidized care may be available for students of UCI, rates are subject to change.

Learn more about UCI Child Care Services here.

UCI Child and Elder Care Resources

Child and Elder Care Resources

Eligibility and Access
All UCI and UCI Health academic appointees, staff, resident physicians, and graduate students.

  • Benefit Eligible* UC Faculty and Staff Click Here (*See UC benefit eligibility and list of participating bargaining units at UCnet)
  • All other UCI and UCI Health Faculty, Staff, Resident Physicians, and Graduate Students Click Here
Irvine Unified School District

Elementary through high school registration information, District  academic and student support

Main Office: (949) 936-5000

General ED/Bus Passes: (949) 936-5370

City of Irvine Parenting Resources
Catalyst Kids

Catalyst Kids

At Catalyst Kids we offer inclusive programs that teach, inspire, and promote self-guided learning opportunities that let your child shine. We serve children from infants to school-age in our Before and Afterschool, Preschool, and Camp programs.



For child care assistance and referrals contact (714) 456-9800

Help Me Grow, OC

Access to county 1-866-GROW.025, helpmegrow@choc.org


Childcare discount for UCI community – 10%

Montessori Schools of Irvine

Priority enrollment for UCI community, 6 weeks to 6 years old

The Irvine Childcare Project - Childcare Scholarships

The Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) provides scholarships to income-eligible families which provides help paying for your child to attend an ICCP child care program. An ICCP child care program is located on each Irvine Unified School District elementary campus.

Types of Childcare in California

Resources for Parents

CHILD CARE CENTERS: A Child Care Center (or Day Care Center) is usually located in a commercial building. Non-medical care and supervision is provided for infant to school age children in a group setting for periods of less than 24 hours.

FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES: A Family Child Care Home must be in the licensee’s own home. A Family Child Care Home reflects a home-like environment where non-medical care and supervision is provided for periods of less than 24 hours.

There are Small Family Child Care Homes and Large Family Child Care Homes.

  • Small Family Child Care Homes provide care to no more than 8 children.
  • Large Family Child Care Homes provide care to no more than 14 children.