Resources for Parents

Childcare:

  • UCI Childcare Services offers UCI students six options for childcare ranging from an Infant Toddler Center to a Montessori school. Many of the programs offer subsidized rates for UCI students. For more information, call (949) 824-2100 or visit childcare.uci.edu.
  • Verano Place After-School Program offers a safe and stimulating environment for children in grades K–6th. Verano residents receive a reduced rate. Regular activities include quiet time for homework, arts, crafts, sports, and healthy snacks. The program is open from mid-September through mid-June, Monday–Friday, 2–5:30pm and meets in the Old Recreation Center. Registration is required and enrollment is limited. For more information, call (949) 824-5383. (LIC 304270323)

Verano Summer Program:

  • This fun summer program for children ages five through twelve years old is offered from the end of June through the end of August. Program Hours are Monday–Friday, 8am-5:30pm. Activities include fieldtrips, sports, arts and crafts, and swimming lessons (limited dates). Registration is required and enrollment is limited. For more information, call (949) 824-5383. (LIC 304270323)

Verano Playgroup:  

  • Parents/caregivers and their children aged birth to five years old are invited to participate in our free weekly playgroup. The Playgroup meets at the Cyber Cafe Playground in Lower Verano on Tuesdays from 12:30–1:45. A playgroup coordinator initiates conversation and activities with the expectation that parents/caregivers will get involved and join in the fun. There is no charge or registration, just a desire to meet other parents in Verano and have a positive experience with your child.This is not a drop off program.

Play Areas:

  • Playgrounds for children are located throughout the community. In addition, there are several large grassy areas ideal for outdoor play. A half-size basketball court is located outside the Commons Community Center.

Irvine Unified School District (IUSD):

  • Enrollment
    • Children living on campus attend schools within the IUSD. Verano’s assigned neighborhood schools are:
      • University High School (949) 936-7600
      • Rancho San Joaquin Middle School             (949) 936-6500
      • Turtle Rock Elementary School (949) 936-6250
    • For students new to the district, IUSD has set up an online data entry process that will help you get started with the enrollment process. You must have a valid address within the Irvine Unified School District attendance area to use this system. Verification of residence and immunizations will be required before you complete the enrollment process. For more information, call (949) 936-5171 or visit http://www.iusd.org/enrollment/index.html
  • IUSD Transportation Services
  • IUSD Nutrition Services
  • Irvine Family Resource Center
    • IUSD parents and families of K-12 children are encouraged to learn more about positive parenting classes and effective support groups offered through the Irvine Family Resource Center. These courses, scheduled throughout the year, provide strategies for eliminating power struggles, teaching critical life skills, promoting responsibility and encouraging problem-solving and good behavior. Morning and evening sessions are available. To learn more about the center’s programs, click here. For additional questions, contact Susan Holt at (949) 936-7502 or visit https://www.iusd.org/guidance_resources/irvine-family-resource-center.htm.
  • CBET (Community Based English Tutoring)
    • CBET is a tutorial training program offered to parents of school-age children or members of the community throughout the Irvine Unified School District. The program’s goal is to empower parents with the English skills and support necessary for them to become active participants in their children’s education. Experienced, certificated teachers instruct the classes. For information, email SamiraKassouni@iusd.org.

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF):

  • Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) Program:
    • The ACE program is a district-wide program that provides opportunities for students in elementary and middle school to participate in fun and academic extracurricular classes. These fee-based enrichment classes are coordinated by volunteers at each of the school sites and are taught by pre-approved professionals. Classes offered include art, chess, languages, sports, and digital animation/filmmaking as well as homework help, math, and science classes. Financial support is available to families demonstrating financial need. For more information, email Stephanie Bynon at sbynon@ipsf.net or visit https://ipsf.net/ace.html.

Irvine Children’s Health Program (I-CHP)

  • I-CHP assists income-eligible families to access affordable quality health care for their children. The City of Irvine, in partnership with the  Children’s Health Initiative of Orange County (CHI OC) are here to assist income eligible families enroll into 5 programs: MediCal, Healthy Families, California Kids, Kaiser Child Health Plan  and/or Healthy Kids. Each of the 5 programs has different requirements, eligibility criteria and availability. For more information visit https://legacy.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/ichp/default.asp.

Also visit our Community Resources page.