University of Southern California


Working with our neighbors to build a strong community

Preschool. Head Start. At home. During the day. In the evening.

Whatever you call it, and wherever and whenever you need it, the USC School for Early Childhood Education provides instruction to about 600 children under the age of 5. The program has been serving low-income children and families in south Los Angeles since 1970.

Considered a role model for other preschools, USC’s School for Early Childhood Education emphasizes a high-quality education – and believes that health, mental health, nutrition and social services also belong in the equation.

USC operates five fully licensed Head Start State Preschool child-care and development centers serving children from three to five years of age, as well as an Early Start home-based program for parents, parents-to-be and children from birth to three. Open five days a week, September through June, the centers offer full-day, part-day, twilight and extended-evening programs.


County Kids Child Development Center
2916 South Hope Street
(213) 743-1777
Opened 2007; full-day program

John W. Mack Child Development Center
3020 South Catalina Street
(213) 730-7620
Opened 2007; home-based programs

University Gardens Child Development Center
1250 West Jefferson Boulevard
(213) 733-1650
Opened 2003; full-day and twilight programs

University Park Child Development Center
741 West 27th Street
(213) 743-2466
Opened 1973; part-day, full-day, twilight and extended-evening programs

USC Trojans Child Development Center
1664 West Adams Boulevard
(213) 743-4728
Opened 2007; full-day programs

Troy Child Development Center
1276 West 29th Street
Opening 2009

Early Head Start Home-based Program
3716 South Hope Street
Suite 386
(213) 743-4650


Phillipa Johnson
Assistant Director, USC School for Early Childhood Education
(213) 821-2723


USC Wrigley Institute

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies maintains a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility on Catalina Island, 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles. Community service activities held on the island include educational programs for families as well as groups of learners from kindergarten through retirement.