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.  Four (4) are currently open and eight (8) 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 programs

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

  • Scholarships may be available

Program Details

  • Eligibility Guidelines
    • Age: 2 to 6 years old
    • We will work with your child on potty readiness as needed
  • 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
    • 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 a space becomes available
  • Nutrition
    • Breakfast and afternoon snacks provided. 
    • Lunch will be provided
    • We are mindful of children’s food allergies. 
  • Transportation 
    • No transportation is provided. 
  • Preschool Program and Curriculum
    • Creative Curriculum:
      The Recreation and Parks State Licensed Preschool Program uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschool Instruction Methods. Creative Curriculum, which was developed in 1966 by Diane Dodge, is a hands-on approach with an emphasis of learning in the environment, play, and STEAM based activities; there is also focus on creating accurate DRDP student progress assessments and preparing them for the next step.

      • 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*
- State Licensed Preschool #191871609
4000 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 291-5929
(323) 290-3151 Fax
Currently Open
Director: Micha Mims (
- 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 (
-State License 195700010
6451 Saint Clair Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91606 (818) 764-1679
(818) 764-1374 Fax
Currently Open
Branford Child Care Center
Director: Rosalyn Soils(
-State License 197750141
13306 Branford Street Arleta, CA 91331 818-891-6205
818-891-1281 Fax
Currently Open
Van Ness Child Care Center -State License TBD 5720 2nd Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043   Opening Soon
South Park Child Care Center -State License TBD 345 East 51st Street Los Angeles, CA 90011   TBD
Ira C. Massey Child Care Center -State License 195-7000-81 5001 Obama Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90016 323-290-2330 Opening Soon
Evergreen Child Care Center -State License 198-0211-84 211 S. Evergreen Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033  323-263-2816 Opening Soon
Hubert Humphrey -State License TBD 12560 Fillmore Street Pacoima, CA 91331   TBD
Echo Child Care Center -State License TBD 515 Laveta Terrace Los Angeles, CA 90026   TBD
Downey Child Care -State License TBD 219 South Avenue 18 Los Angeles, CA 90031   Opening Soon
Banning Child Care Center -State License TBD 1331 Eubank Avenue Wilmington, CA 90744    EARLY 2024