The Child Care Resource Program provides child development information and off-campus resources to UCLA families. The program coordinator is in contact with Westside child care providers and a small number of caregivers who will come to your home. For other parts of metropolitan Los Angeles, resources are available from state-funded Resource and Referral agencies.
The Child Care Resource Program is a personalized service for UCLA families. The coordinator will describe the range of resources available, how to evaluate a particular program or provider and suggest what questions will provide parents with the information they need to make a stable arrangement.
The coordinator will provide a list of resources. Although changes can occur in a relatively short period of time, a general picture is given of what to expect from a particular provider and program. The Child Care Resource Program believes that parents must make their own decisions based on what feels most comfortable to them and what arrangements best meet their family's needs. We do not make referrals or recommendations.
As children grow older, there is often a need to change the type of care or move to a different program. The coordinator is ready to help you make these transitions.
Child care is a key factor in the recruitment and retention of faculty, students and staff. High quality, accessible children's programs have become "deal breakers" in negotiations with highly recruited personnel in all sectors.
An article in Business Week called high-quality early care and education the "killer perk" that has to be maintained even in economic hard times because of its high value to employees.
Finding community child care resources in Los Angeles County is difficult. The county ranks 56th out of 58 counties in the state in the proportion of space available to spaces required, with one space available for every 20 children waiting for placement.
Although nearly half of the children in the county waiting for child care are under the age of two, only 5% of child care spaces serve children in that group.
Contacting the Child Care Resource Program
UCLA parents are invited to attend a "Choosing Child Care" forum, held at noon on the first Monday of each month at the Bruin Resource Center at the Student Activities Center, Suite B44 (formerly known as the Men's gym - across from Ackerman Union). Note: If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the forum will be held on the second Monday.
If you are unable to attend a forum, you can leave a message for our Resource Coordinator, Judy Bencivengo. Much of her time is spent in the community visiting caregivers and programs. Leave a message for her at (310) 825-8474.