Our Center


The Joy Picus Child Development Center is located within City Hall South in downtown Los Angeles. This center is contracted with the City of Los Angeles which gives enrollment priority to families employed by the City of Los Angeles. The center also serves families that live and work around the downtown Los Angeles area. The Joy Picus 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 4 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 curriculum is emergent and strives for a developmentally appropriate environment.  Our program does not require children to independently use the bathroom to enroll in the preschool program. 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 24 children, with a 6:1 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 34 children, with an 8:1 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 60 Children; Lic. 198015239.

 The Infant & Toddler Program


The program enrolls infants and toddlers between the ages of 6 weeks to 2 years old. The infant room has a capacity of 12 children per day with a 3:1 child to teacher ratio. The toddler room has a capacity of 12 children with a 4:1 child to teacher ratio. Infants will transition into the toddler room when they are sturdy walkers and can transition positively into the toddler room routine.The toddlers need to be at least 12 months of age. The infant & toddler program follows the primary caregiver model, creating a secure and caring environment for the child. The focus of the infant and toddler 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 26 children; Lic # 198015240.


Teacher Qualifications


The Joy Picus 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 CCLD. 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. 

Wait List


Waiting list applications are available throughout the year. Applications can be received in person at the center, faxed, emailed 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 in a classroom.
  • City of Los Angeles Employees
  • Community Families (Families employed by the State or 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 amount of time to be expected to wait, when childcare may be available. There are many reasons why the expected time can be decreased or increased. Please speak to the center director, and understand that you may need to put your child's name on many waiting list applications. 

Tuition Rates

Our Director

Andrea Rosales is the Director of the Joy Picus CDC. She is currently finishing school and will receive her BA in Child Development from Pacific Oaks College in May 2017.  Andrea has been in the field of Child Development for the past 20 years. She has been in administration since 2010 and was the Assistant Director of the Joy Picus CDC since 2012 before moving into the Director position.  Andrea believes in the power of play and works to create a community within the center.  Her personal philosophy is aligned with Howard Gardeners' Multiple Intelligence theory where all children are capable learners and all Early Childhood Educators should strive to nurture the individual child's unique style of learning.


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 and your child 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, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You may phone in or email the child care center to obtain a tour appointment. 

(213) 978-0026

Andrea Rosales, Director


Dianne Walker, Office Manager