The Harry Pregerson Child Care Center is located within the Roybal Federal building in downtown Los Angeles. This center is a General Services Administration (GSA) contracted center which gives enrollment priority to federal families. The center also serves families that live and work around the downtown Los Angeles area. The Harry Pregerson center's curriculum is emergent, incorporating elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM.)
The classroom teachers conduct developmental assessments twice a year that require family participation. It is through these assessments, classroom observations and family interactions that teachers develop a developmentally appropriate and meaningful curriculum for the children.
The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.) This center has maintained accreditation in good standing for over 7 years. The center is also licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD.)
The Preschool Program
Children may enroll into the preschool program from age 2 to 5 years old. Our program does not require children to independently use the bathroom to enroll in the preschool program. Our curriculum is emergent and strives for a developmentally appropriate environment. We support the child and their family when they are ready to begin the process of potty learning. When a child develops the necessary skills to have a positive and successful potty learning experience, the teachers will collaborate with the child's family to develop a potty learning routine that can be implemented at home and school.
Preschool one is typically for children aged 2 years to 3.5 years. Children will transition or enroll into to the preschool one room at the age of 2 and stay in this classroom until they have all the basic skills needed to be successfully transitioned into the preschool two classroom. Preschool one has a max capacity of 14 children, with a 7:1 child to teacher ratio. The focus in the preschool one classroom is developing social skills, peer interaction and beginning self-help skills.
Preschool two is for children aged 3 years to 5 years. The classroom has a max capacity of 18 children, with a 9:1 child to teacher ratio. Children will typically transition to the preschool two room when they have reached important developmental milestones to participate successfully in the classroom. This classroom focuses on sparking curiosity and allowing the children to develop the foundations of learning in a meaningful way.
The preschool program is licensed for 31 Children; Lic. 198008722.
The Infant & Toddler Program
The program enrolls children aged 6 weeks to 2 years old into the infant or toddler room, depending on the infant's stage of development. The infant room has a capacity of 9 children per day with a 3:1 teacher teacher to child ratio. The toddler room has a capacity of 10 children with a 4:1 teacher to child ratio. Infants will transition into the toddler room when they are sturdy walkers and can transition positively into the toddler room routine. The infant & 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.
The infant program is licensed for 19 children; Lic # 198008723.
The Harry Pregerson center hires only qualified teachers for both the infant and preschool programs. Following the guidelines of NAEYC, teachers are required to have an A.A Degree in Child Development or a related field, as well as a minimum of two years of previous experience working with young children. CCLD requires any infant or toddler teacher to have an additional 3 units of college coursework that is specific to infant and toddler care. In addition to the education and experience requirements, there is a comprehensive background check for all employees, volunteers, and extra curricular staff required by GSA. This background check is required for all adults that will have continuous access to the children. All staff is required to be fully trained in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and First Aid. Due to the comprehensive background requirements, the center does not employ substitute teachers or hire teacher assistants.
Waiting list applications are available throughout the year. Applications can be received in person at the center, faxed or mailed to families looking for child care. Priority for enrollment is given to families waiting for child care in the following order.
- Siblings of children currently enrolled a classroom.
- Federal employees who are eligible for a Board Scholarship.
- Federal employees.
- Community Families (Families employed by the State, City, County and private employers)
Families on the waiting list are informed when there is space available for their child.There are many variables involved in making it possible to predict exactly how long a family may wait for an opening. Therefore, you may be given an approximate month when childcare may be available, but the center reserves the right to change the date of availability if needed, if the children are not ready to move-up to the next room, staffing is inadequate or any other reason that may affect the classroom you are waiting to enroll in to. Nevertheless, the center will try its best to suit your needs.
Tiffany House is the Director of the Harry Pregerson Child Care Center. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from the University of La Verne. Tiffany has been in the field of Child Development for the past 15 years. She started out as a preschool teacher and grew in positions to become the director she is today. Tiffany believes that children thrive as they learn through play and that a strong sense of community within the center is an important part to the success of the children in our child care center.
Schedule a Tour!
We strongly encourage you to take a tour of our center with your child before enrolling or signing up for the wait list. You should be comfortable with the environment, and our curriculum and daily routine should align with your needs and expectations. Center tours are available by appointment only. Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. You may phone in or email the child care center to obtain a tour appointment.
Tiffany House, Director
Rocio Urias, Office Manager