As the number of single parent and dual career families escalates, so too does the number of children needing before and after childcare. Finding quality and affordable childcare is an ongoing problem for Irvine’s working parents.
The Irvine Children’s Fund (ICF) is a nonprofit organization in partnership with the Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) with the purpose of raising money to:
- provide quality, affordable, safe & accessible before and after school child care for elementary school children
- provide child care scholarships for low-income, working families
- assist with funds to expand and maintain the child care sites
- provide grants to the elementary and middle schools and child care sites
Before & after school child care sites are now located on all 26 elementary school sites in the Irvine Unified School District.
Irvine Children’s Fund
The Irvine Children’s Fund is a non-profit community support organization, whose mission is to raise funds to help parents meet the before and after school child care needs for children on Irvine elementary school sites and to provide child care scholarships. The Irvine Children’s Fund has contributed $230,928 toward the expansion and major maintenance of childcare facilities.
Through the Irvine Junior Games sponsors, foundations & grants, the Irvine Children’s Fund has provided $2,530,606 including:
- $1,870,930 to the Irvine Child Care Project for before and after school child care scholarships
- $230,928 to the Irvine Child Care Project to expand and maintain the child care sites
- $21,920 to complete the ADA upgrades for handicap accessibility at 7 child care sites
- 1,625 child care scholarships to low income, working families since 1993
- $210,890 to the schools and teachers participating in the Irvine Junior Games
- $196,675 to the 25before and after school child care sites for supplies and activities
- 6,300 child care days provided in 2014
- 7,190 child care days provided in 2015
- 7,737 child care days provided in 2016
Irvine Junior Games
The Irvine Children’s Fund has made before and after school childcare scholarships a priority for low-income working families in Irvine. Since 1993, the Irvine Children’s Fund has provided $1,879,193 to fund these needs.Irvine Junior Games
The Irvine Child Care Project
(ICCP) was established through a joint powers agreement between the City of Irvine and the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) in 1984. Under the direction of the ICCP, modular facilities have been placed on Irvine elementary school sites to provide before and after school child care for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. The ICCP selects and monitors the non-profit childcare providers who operate the individual programs. In addition, ICCP was awarded a $420,000 grant from the California Department of Education, Child Development Division this year to provide child care scholarships.Irvine Child Care Project