PRE-SCHOOL AGE LICENSED CHILD CARE CENTERS

About Recreation and Parks (RAP) Preschool Program

As a result of the Great Recession of 2008, Recreation and Parks was forced to close its licensed childcare sites due to lack of funding. The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the need for licensed preschool programs.

In response to this crisis, our City Council took immediate action by identifying funding to restore and open low cost licensed preschool facilities.  We are excited to announce that we are providing our Los Angeles communities safe and affordable preschool programming.  Two (2) are currently open and ten (10) additional locations before June 2023.

The goal of RAP’s State Licensed Preschool Program is to provide a safe, caring, and academically challenging environment in which preschool children may develop their self esteem, creativity, learning, and social skills through the use of age-appropriate activities and materials. We have highly qualified teachers that apply best practices for children’s growth and development.  Our teachers are required to obtain a Children’s Center Permit from the State of California Teaching Credentialing Division. Our Licensed Preschool Program provides full day and half day care for preschool children ages 2 years to entry into first grade.

RAP’s state licensed preschool program uses the High Scope Curriculum. This curriculum has been developed by educators and used since 1962 from the Perry Preschool Project that developed into the National Head Start Program. Its focus is child centered learning with teacher assistance, to promote kindergarten readiness.

Feel free to complete an interest survey and join us as we value our most precious resource.... our children.

  • We offer full day and half day programs

  • Our facilities are open all year round except on city holidays

  • We offer full day and half day programs

  • Scholarships may be available

Program Details

  • Eligibility Guidelines
    • Age: 2 to 6 years old
    • Children must be potty trained
  • Hours of Operation
    • Preschool centers are open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm 
    • Closed on all city holidays
  • Cost/ Subsidy Programs
    • Scholarships may be available
    • $25 non refundable registration fee
    • We accept payments from all child care resources and referral agencies. 
    • California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and California Department of Education will provide funding for income eligible families
    • Waitlist
      • You will remain on the waitlist until your child ages out of all our programs. 
  • Nutrition
    • Morning and afternoon snacks provided. 
    • Lunch will be provided
    • We are mindful of children’s food allergies. 
  • Transportation 
    • No transportation is provided. 
  • Covid Guidelines
    • We follow all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines.
    • Temperature checks are required upon arrival and departure. 
  • Preschool Program and Curriculum
    • High Scope Curriculum:
      RAP’s state licensed preschool program uses the High Scope Curriculum. This curriculum has been developed by educators and used since 1962 from the Perry Preschool Project that developed into the National Head Start Program. Its focus is child centered learning with teacher assistance, to promote kindergarten readiness.

      • Developmentally appropriate environment
      • STEAM focused activities
      • For preschool children ages 2 years to entry into kindergarten
      • 1:8 staff to child ratio

 

Our Centers

* Select a facilities' name for more site specific information
Center Name Address Phone Tentative Opening*
JIM GILLIAM CHILD CARE CENTER * (PS)
- State Licensed Preschool #191871609
4000 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 291-5929
(323) 290-3151 Fax
Currently Open
RALPH M. PARSONS PRESCHOOL (PS)
Director: Micha Mims (micha.mims@lacity.org)
- State Licensed Preschool #198010126
841 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 763-5119
(213) 765-8330 Fax
Currently Open
Victory Valley Child Care
Director: Brenda Shaw (brenda.shaw@lacity.org)
-State License TBD
6451 Saint Clair Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91606 (818) 764-1679
(818) 764-1374 Fax
August 2022
Branford Child Care Center
Director: Rosalyn Soils(rosalyn.soils@lacity.org)
-State License TBD
13306 Branford Street Arleta, CA 91331   August 2022
Van Ness Child Care Center -State License TBD 5720 2nd Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043   November 2022
South Park Child Care Center -State License TBD 345 East 51st Street Los Angeles, CA 90011   December 2022
Ira C. Massey Child Care Center -State License TBD 5001 Obama Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90016   November 2022
Evergreen Child Care Center -State License TBD 211 S. Evergreen Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033    November 2022
Hubert Humphrey -State License TBD 12560 Fillmore Street Pacoima, CA 91331   November 2022
Echo Child Care Center -State License TBD 515 Laveta Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90026   November 2022
Downey Child Care -State License TBD 219 South Avenue 18 Los Angeles, CA 90031   November 2022
Banning Child Care Center -State License TBD 1331 Eubank Avenue Wilmington, CA 90744    July 2023