LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom today joined parents and children for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Los Angeles County Child Development Center. The new 6,000-square-foot facility replaces the existing LAC+USC Children’s Center located on Mission Road.
Supervisor Solis is working to transform LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles County’s flagship medical campus, into a regional site of healing. Her unwavering advocacy extends to the youngest residents, which is why she allocated almost $10 million to the new child development center.
“Child care is a fundamental building block in the development of a family – both for children and for their parents and guardians. Access to quality child care has long-lasting impacts on children’s education, health, and employment outcomes, while empowering parents and guardians to attain greater economic success,” said Supervisor Solis. “That is why I am so proud to unveil this new child care center next to our County’s flagship hospital at LAC+USC. This campus, which is already undergoing a transformation to expand services in addition to their world class care, will now also serve as an essential hub for children’s development while allowing our critical healthcare workforce to care for our most vulnerable residents.”
“There are few decisions more pressing, issues that cause more stress, or conversations working families have more frequently than those about childcare,” said First Partner Newsom. “I’m so grateful to Supervisor Solis for her leadership and for making the Los Angeles County Child Development Center a reality. It’s a special place for community that meets the needs of the community by giving parents access to quality, reliable, and affordable childcare. Governor Newsom and I share this commitment to ensuring children and families have the resources and supports to thrive in California.”
“The new Child Development Center, embodies LA County’s recognition of the direct connection between accessible childcare and our ability to provide high-quality health services to those who need it most,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the Department of Health Services. “The childcare center will help meet the needs of the communities we serve as well as the needs of our frontline healthcare workers whose dedication day in and day out make exceptional healthcare in LA County possible.”
“Today, we are proud to open this new child development center, which will provide affordable and high-quality childcare options to working families, including our medical staff and those in the surrounding community,” said Jorge Orozco, CEO of LAC+USC Medical Center. “By offering these services, we hope to make a meaningful impact on the lives of families and support our staff in their daily lives.”
This state-of-the-art early care and education center is an ode to essential workers, offering accessible and safe care for their children while their parents and guardians provide lifesaving care for the community. Anticipated to serve up to 86 children, this facility will provide a child-friendly venue for children of all abilities from infants and toddlers to preschool children. Its focus on infants, toddlers, and preschool children provides nurturing and enriching experiences for children to grow and learn.
Play is an essential component of children’s daily lives, which this site reflects with an indoor play area with exterior lighting and fresh air coupled with an outdoor playground. A 60-foot-tall oak tree is the center point of the facility, symbolizing strength and resilience. The exterior arches of the building reflect the Historic General Hospital’s building characteristics.
Its civic art component, created by artist Andrew Hem, consists of a mosaic tile wall, was created with local community participation, and presents images of children playing echoing back to local images within the community.
The Los Angeles County Child Development Center is now enrolling children ages six weeks through kindergarten. There are discounts for Los Angeles County employees and free to low-cost tuition for income-eligible families. For more information, families are encouraged to call (323) 409-2240 or visit cdcla.org.