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USC Child Care Resources

USC partners with quality childcare providers to offer high quality, accredited child care programs that serve children from 2 months to 5 years in age. Click on the links below for the campus of your choice

UPC Child Care Options

HSC Child Care Options

The USC School for Early Childhood Education is a preschool and Head Start Program for economically disadvantaged children, 3-5 years of age. A day care program is also available for families in need of extended child care hours.

Community Resources for Children

Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents locate information on quality child care and child care resources in their community.

Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children who have been affected by violence in their homes or communities.

The John Tracy Clinic has sought to encourage, guide and train the parents of young hearing-impaired children in order to help their children learn and use language.

The Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic seeks to improve the emotional relationships, emotional development and community functioning levels of children and their families who reside in Central and South Los Angeles.

California Department of Special Education provides information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Special Needs Children -

A child with special needs, specifically down syndrome, would usually be receiving services through their local Regional Center.

Regional Centers provide community services for people with developmental disabilities, such as:

  • epilepsy
  • cerebral palsy
  • autism
  • intellectual disability
  • and conditions that require treatment similar to that provided to persons with intellectual disability if the onset was prior to age 18 and is substantially handicapping 

Their local regional center would provide assessment, an individualized family service plan and case management. They then provide referrals based on eligibility including early start which connects the client with specialized infant/toddler center based programs, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy.

Once the child is pre-school age, the Regional Center will coordinate special education related services.

The Regional Center also provides support for the family, therapy, respite care and in some cases transportation.
The Regional Center is funded through the State and provides support for the lifetime of the client.
Here is the list of centers:

Locally, there is the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles:  They also recommend starting with the local Regional Center.

School Match is a research and database service company that collects, audits, integrates, processes and manages information about public and private elementary and secondary schools. One of the special features is that they can provide comparisons of schools, i.e.  a family can name the school where their child(ren) are currently enrolled and compare the school(s) in the new town or area where they are relocating. Fees apply.

Resource and Referral Agencies (R&Rs) are local agencies that assist parents in locating licensed child care providers and help family licensed exempt child care providers with licensing, fingerprinting, and other issues. R&Rs will also refer families seeking child care to become licensed providers if they so choose.

Many R&Rs are also Alternative Payment Program (APP) agencies, which means they administer programs that may be able to provide child care subsidies for low-income families. Services provided may vary from agency to agency

The following is a telephone number list of the R&Rs/APPs serving Los Angeles County:

Center for Community and Family Services (Carson, Compton, Downey, Harbor City, Lomita, Lynwood, Palos Verdes, Paramount, South Gate, Torrance) (310) 217-2935 (888) 421-4247-Toll-Free

Child Care Information Service - Pasadena (La Cañada, Pasadena, San Marino, Monrovia) (626) 449-8221

Child Care Resource Center (Antelope Valley) (661) 951-8654

Child Care Resource Center (San Fernando Valley) (818) 256-1020

Children's Home Society of California (Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, San Pedro) (310) 816-3600

Connections for Children (Western L.A. County, Beach Cities, Culver City, Westchester) (310) 452-3202

Crystal Stairs (Inglewood, Hawthorne, Gardena, Watts, South Central L.A.) (323) 421-1001

*Drew Child Development Corporation (Gardena) (310) 609-3885

*International Institute of Los Angeles (Boyle Heights)
(323) 224-3800

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (Monterey Park, Commerce, Bell, Santa Fe Springs) (323) 890-9600

Options (Baldwin Park, San Gabriel Valley, El Monte, Whittier) (626) 856-5900

Pathways (Central Los Angeles, Hollywood, Silver Lake, Beverly Hills) (213) 427-2700

Pomona Unified School District (Pomona) (909) 397-4740

*These are Alternative Payment Program agencies only.



USC Elder Care Resources

Memory and Aging Center/ Alzheimer'sDisease Research Center
The Center Is staffed by USC faculty and physicians with expertise in Alzheimer's disease and age-related memory loss. They provide evaluation, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, referral to caregiver services and support groups, and the opportunity to participate in clinical drug trials with the most recent advances in medications for memory problems. They also provide evaluation for those who are experiencing the normal memory loss that occurs with age and may not have Alzheimer's disease. If you would like additional information about the center including their current clinical trials.
(323) 442-7600.

The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
This is a university-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. The Center's mission is to make supportive housing and home modification a more integral component of successful aging, long-term care, preventive health, and the development of elder-friendly communities.
(213) 740-1364

Services at the Andrus Gerontology Center may be accessed here and include the following:

Alzhiemer Disease Research Center (ADRC)
(213) 740-7777

Andrus Volunteers Gerontology Center (AVGC)
(213) 821-5452

Center for Autobiography and Life Review

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence

USC Family Caregiver Support Center

Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center (TOACC)(213) 740-3493

Community Resources for Seniors

St. Barnabas Senior Services
This is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, professional social service agency, providing emergency and supportive assistance to seniors residing in a 15-square mile area of downtown Los Angeles.

A nonprofit membership organization for persons 50 years and older that is dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.

LA County In-Home Supportive Services
Part of the Los County Department of Social Services, The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program helps pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.

Some of the services that can be authorized through IHSS include: housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.

Eldercare Locator
A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, This is a resource that can help older persons and their families in every U.S. community, find local agencies, access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, as well as, caregiver support services.

Topics include elder care, health care, financial and legal issues, social and mental needs, living arrangements, and more.

California Department of Aging
The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.

National Care Planning Council
This site provides eldercare and long-term care planning resource information.

MedlinePlus: Seniors' Health Issues
This is a website that provides resource information which helps answer seniors' health questions.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Information for Senior Citizens
The site provides tools to help seniors research the kind of living arrangement or assistance needed, and offers information on financial assistance resources and guides. It also explains reverse mortgages.

H.E.L.P. (Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation)
An award winning, private, I.R.C. 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and counseling center that provides impartial information to older adults and their families on elder care, law, finances, consumer protection and more. back