LAUSD Early Child Hood Development Center
Early Education Centers are high quality developmentally appropriate preschool programs that address the social-emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of the population served. The mission and beliefs of ECED outline a commitment and responsibility to the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of children and families.
- LOCATIONS: For a list of Early Education Centers, click here: EEC Locations
HOURS OF OPERATION: Usually 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Centers operate 246 days per year.
WHO QUALIFIES: Families at or below 70% of state median income, family or child must have a qualifying need such as employment, training, seeking employment, etc. Fees may be required, based on gross family income.
ELIGIBILITY: Children ages 2 through 4 are served at most centers.
PARENT EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: Parent advisory council, two parent-teacher conferences per year, parent survey, parent
The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are administered by the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Head Start programs support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:
- Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
- Health: Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health, and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
- Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.