Child’s World preschool was founded in 1972 by the University United Methodist Church and has been an integral part of the Irvine community ever since. We are a non-profit, faith-based program created to be an outreach to the local community.
We believe all children need and deserve a safe, loving place in which to learn and grow. We regard all children as unique individuals. We celebrate and value the diversity of each child's cultural and ethnic background. Our program emphasizes the development of strong self-esteem and feelings of independence and competence. We value the learning experience that is unique to each child. To enhance that experience we offer low student to teacher ratio (1:6) in each classroom and small groups (12 students per class).
Our teaching staff are experienced and educated in creating dynamic learning environments that appeal to young learners. We offer emergent curriculum that continues from the classroom into our outdoor environment. We work closely with Irvine Unified School District to ensure Kindergarten readiness for each student graduating from our program. We conference with parents three times throughout the year to ensure that all areas of development are addressed.
At Child's World Preschool, we offer days packed full of activities. All of our activities help the social and academic development of children. Kids learn best when they are having fun! We tailor our lessons to each child's unique learning style. Whether your child is a visual, auditory, or Kinesthetic Learner, our activities will engage and inspire!
Our activities include:
Early Drop-Off Program $10.00 per day
Child’s World Preschool offers an Early Morning Drop-Off program that runs from 8am-9am Monday through Friday. You may drop off at any time during the program time frame. Reservations must be made in advance.
Please note: children using the Early Morning Program may not enroll in our Extended Day Program the same day.
Children enrolled in our 9-11:30 programs may attend our Lunch Bunch from 11:30am -12:30pm Monday through Friday. You must pack a nutritious lunch for your child on the days they attend Lunch Bunch. Reservations must be made in advance. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come first serve basis.
Extended Day Program (9-1 children) $10.00 per day
Children attending our 9-1 programs may attend our Extended Day program that runs from 1pm – 2pm Monday through Friday. Children will be picked up from their classrooms at the 1pm dismissal and be delivered to the teacher hosting the Extended Day class. Class is limited to 12 students and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations must be made in advance.
Fees for all of these programs are non-refundable to ensure staffing. Same day drop-ins will be considered on an individual basis as space permits.
Brian A - The teachers and the staff are absolutely fantastic! My wife and I have sent both our boys to Child's World Preschool and are huge advocates of their teaching style and playtime learning. I love it so much that I find myself volunteering there often when they need help setting up events. From my very first visit to the school, the first thing I was amazed with was the playground. It is large and has all of the bells and whistles that one would expect in a playground and then there's a whole lot more. They grow strawberries, sugar snap peas, carrots, tomatoes and everything else you can imagine. The children are then encouraged to touch and learn all about them. In addition, the playground toys change all the time and encourage children to experiment and learn about building using pvc pipes, water flow with water wheels, and all kinds of imagination learning toys.
The teachers and staff have become friends of ours. They are nurturing and caring to all of the children and have a fantastic philosophy of 'playtime learning'. My boys have learned so much from the teachers. Child's World Preschool will leave a lifelong lasting impression in all of our minds.
To top it off, it is one of the most reasonably priced preschools in the area. I highly recommend it to friends so I figured that I would take some time to let others know as well. If you are looking for a great preschool, be sure to include a tour to meet the staff at Child's World, you probably wont look anywhere else. - 2 | 2014
Laura W - A wonderful start for any child and the best preschool in the area. The teachers and staff love what they do and love the kids they teach. They create a loving and safe environment for all children to learn, inside the classroom and out. The play yard and garden are favorites for all of my children. All 4 of my children have attended child's world, with my 4th child in our last year at the school. My 3 older children were well prepared socially, emotionally and academically for elementary school and I am sure my 4th will be as well. I will be very sad on our last day at Child's World, but so happy for all of the wonderful memories and people we have met through this fantastic school! - 12 | 2014
Susan N - I have to say, this is the best preschool by far. I searched and searched until I found childs world. The teachers and the entire staff are so loving, caring, warm hearted, that as a parent, you feel so safe to leave your child there. My son is 4 years old and has seperation anxiety. His teacher, and the staff worked with me and him for two weeks to get him ready so that he can feel comfortable being there without me. Their play ground is unbelievable and their teaching technique is different from other schools. I would recommend you visit this school and see for yourself. - 9 | 2014
Carolyn D - Great nurturing environment! Four of my children have attended Child's World over the past 8 years. I have been nothing but pleased by the quality of the teachers and the warm, loving environment that my children experienced here. The small class size and experienced staff, including the excellent specialists - art, garden, movement, create an environment where my children loved to go and loved to learn. My older three were well-prepared for kindergarten, academically as well as emotionally. I can't say enough good things about the school and will be saddened when my last child moves on. - 1 | 2014
Mdmommy: Child's World pre-school was by far my first choice in Irvine after touring numerous other schools and we have been extremely happy there. Small classes of 12 children make a big difference at this age and the class is very experienced and stable--not high turnover here. They have an actual music teacher come in a few times a month, an art center that is always open for the kids to do imaginative projects and a motor development specialist as well. I would highly recommend this school. - 10 | 2007
Moore: My children have been attending Child's World for five years now and I would not choose any other school. The teachers are so loving and encouraging. They go the extra mile to make sure your child has an awesome experience at school. Child's World has such special things they do with students like the art choices on the yard, the music classes twice a month, the motor development once a week with Miss Bobby and the chicks they birth in the spring. Both of my children
had an experience in the pre-k class and I felt that has helped them
tremendously in their transition to kindergarten. This is our last year at
Child's World and I feel very sad to leave. - 3 | 2012
L. Drago: "I am proud to say that both my boys have attended Child's World
Preschool. I cannot say enough about the staff. They are absolutely outstanding--
professional, compassionate, and accomodating. Everything they do reflects
their commitment and dedication to the children they serve. Preschool-age
children are vulnerable in many ways, and so are their parents!
A - We want our kids to hit their cognitive milestones, learn how to socialize, get along, and be ready for the next stage of their journey. Every teacher I encountered at Child's World was happy to communicate with me about my child's progress, reassure me when needed, and support my child through their development and exploration. My youngest son will be finished with preschool in a few months and will go on to kindergarten in the fall. I can honestly say that the last day I pick him up and take him home from Child's World will be one of my saddest days as a mom. Child's World Preschool is a very special place because children know they are loved here.
Thank you, Child's World, for the pivotal role you have played in my children's lives. I will be forever grateful." - 4 | 2012
E. Lama: "I love this preschool! My son has had the privilege of having Ms. Jeanine, Ms. Jenny, Ms. Jaime and Ms. Kelly and they have all been awesome! My son is getting ready to go into kindergarten and I believe he is well prepared. On the weekends my son counts down the days until he can go back to school. They make school so much fun and really go out of their way to make school a positive rewarding experience. Although they consider themselves a developmental preschool I think they do a nice balance of academics too.
It's so cute they are constantly changing up the toys on the playground. One day they will have babies with soap and scrubs, another a wood shop station, colored rice with shovels, flower potting... They also do motor development, cooking projects and music.
I am very happy with our selection and plan to have my younger children attend this preschool as well." - 3 | 2012
Enrollment is offered on a part-time basis for children 2 years 9 months through Pre-K (6 years).
Priority is given to University United Methodist Church members first, returning families second and new families third.
Classes are two and a half hours, or four hours in length, two to three days per week, for 2.9 - 3 yrs. And a five-day per week (Pre-K) program is available for children 4 years and older. All children must be toilet trained. Children with special needs will be evaluated on an individual basis.
We are currently enrolling for our 2015-16 school year that begins September 16th. We offer the following programs for our families:
2.9 years of age by September 16th
Tues/Thurs 9am – 11:30am
3 years of age by September 16th
Tues/Thurs 9am-11:30 am
Tues/Thurs 9am – 1pm
Mon/Wed/Fri 9am – 11:30 am
Mon/Wed/Fri 9am – 1pm
4 years of age between September 2nd & March 31st
PreK (4 years of age by September 2nd)
Tues/Thurs 9am – 1pm
Transitional Kindergarten (4 years of age by September 2nd)
Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm
All children must be toilet trained by the first day of attendance.
Children must be 2.9 years old by September 15th and toilet trained.
Parent/Toddler Classes and Summer Program Available.