Joy Picus Child Development Center
The Joy Picus Child Development Center is located in the Downtown Los Angeles Civic Center area. Our center first opened its doors in 1989. In 1996, the center was dedicated to past council member Joy Picus, whose dedication to young children pioneered the first childcare center that was to provide child care services to city employees.
Hours & Schedule
Regular Operation Hours are Mon - Fri: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Our centers are open year round excluding weekends and major holidays.
All programs are full-day.
Full-time schedule is 5-day attendance; Mon. - Fri.
Part-time schedule is available for 4-days, 3-days (Mon., Wed. & Fri.) or 2-days (Tue. & Thu.)
Tours are available by appointment only please call (213) 978-0026
Teacher-Parent partnerships are key to support positive learning experiences. Family days are held throughout the year to support relationships
Culturally competent curriculum. We believe it is our responsibility as educators to help prepare children with the knowledge, attitude, and skills to be able to excel in our diverse world
The center's curriculum is play based and emergent, incorporating elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)
Community focused. Weekly field trips to the local farmers market and library and other local community spaces
On-site program services director who works with the center directors, teachers, and families to support children’s social, emotional, and developmental challenges in the classroom
The curriculum is Anti-bias and developmentally appropriate. Potty learning is encouraged when the child shows interest and signs of readiness, it is not required in any classroom
Infant & Toddler Program
Responsive Care and Support
The infant and toddler program follows the primary caregiver model, creating a secure and caring environment for the child. The focus of the infant program is to observe and support the development of essential milestones and provide a safe and secure environment that encourages positive and healthy growth.
Infant room is for children 6 weeks old to steady walkers
4:1 Teacher/Child ratio
Capacity of 12 children
Toddler 1 Room
Toddler room is for steady walkers up to children 24 months old
Toddlers: 4:1 Teacher/Child ratio
Capacity of 12 children
Toddler 2 Room
Children ages 2 to 3 years old
6:1 Teacher/Child ratio
Capacity of 24 Children
California Community Care Licensing Division LIC 198015240
Emergent Curriculum Based Learning
The focus in the preschool classrooms is developing social skills, positive peer interactions, building a positive self-identity and beginning self-help skills. Teachers create lesson plans according to the children's interests, creating provocations and incorporating STEAM activities to spark the children's curiosity and support the children in developing the foundations of learning in a meaningful way.
Children ages 3 to 5 years old
10:1 Teacher/ Child ratio
Capacity of 36 Children
California Community Care Licensing Division LIC 198015239
July 2023 - June 2024
City employee verification will be required to qualify for the City rate.
Payment arrangements are available for tuition payments.
There are no tuition credits or adjustments for illness, holidays, vacations or circumstances beyond our control.
Monthly Tuition Rates
Enrollment Fee: $155.00
Employees of the City of Los Angeles
Families enrolled part-time
Families with enrolled siblings
All other community families
Wait List Fee: $90.00
The wait list fee is non-refundable
One fee is required per child and per center
You will remain on the wait list until your child ages out of all our programs