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Programs Provided by the
Orange County Department of Education

OCDE After School Programs

Providing help on finding the right after school program for your child. This valuable resource also outlines the benefits and offers help on how and where to look for these programs.

Drug & Violence Prevention Site

Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Program funds provide opportunities for schools, communities, businesses, and families to work together to develop and implement comprehensive programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence or other disruptive behavior among youth

Orange County Department of Education Health & Wellness

Coordinated School Health Programs.
Health Education . Physical Education . Counseling and Psychological Services . Nutritional Services A Safe Environment . Nursing and Health Services . Parent and Community Involvement . Employee Wellness

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Educational Programs

Eco-Adventure Center
Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents eco-adventures that inspire you with Southern California's unique ecosystems and connect your spirit to their larger global systems. Led by expert naturalists, the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Southern California's natural wonders. Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and respect for nature. As well, they will understand how to live more environmentally responsible back home.

Discovery Cube

Imaginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Cube, Orange County's leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, with seasonal traveling exhibits and signature events throughout the year, there's always something new to experience.

For Teachers, Discovery Cubeis an interactive, educational and Grade-specific experience.

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest
600 E Bay Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest inspires, educates and engages the explorer within. Visit with local tide pool creatures like: sea stars, urchins, limpets, sea hares and more!

At Ocean Quest, visitors can see the latest traveling exhibit, explore hands-on learning in the Ocean Lab, and then enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Balboa Village with rides and great food at the Balboa Fun Zone (just steps away on the Balboa Peninsula).

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Heritage Museum offers an exciting line-up of educational field trip programs. Programs offered include a hands-on tour of the historic 1898 Kellogg house where students learn what life was like in the 1890s by playing with vintage toys, doing laundry, making butter, dressing up in Victorian costumes, and participating in other activities. Other programs included are 'Great Grandpa's House' for the youngest students, 'First Californians' & 'Gold Rush'.

Journeys to the Past

Instructors engage students in daily activities that helped build the West. Learn about churning butter and grinding wheat flower and learn about the personal grooming habits of shaving with a mug, and washing clothes the old fashion way, with a scrub board! Program also includes Native American "touch and feel" table: make an arrowhead, use and ancient pump drill method and make a shell necklace. See artifacts of the culture that first occupied this county before and during the gold rush era. Your students will take home history.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Featuring information on Children's Programs,
Teachers Seminars, Museum Lectures and more! Great educational resource for California 4th graders

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 949-496-2274

The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. On weekends, the public is invited to visit and discover ocean science, history, and literature

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

A non-profit, volunteer organization and education center. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured seals and sea lions. Programs include a guided tour of the animal care facility and exhibit room, a slide presentation and observation of the animals. The also offer a range of educational programs for groups of all ages.

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Home Schooling

Armenta Learning Academy
School and Tutoring onsite/offsite programs
Home School and Independent Study Support

Armenta Learning Academy is now offering virtual education to meet the needs of special kids through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Armenta Learning Academy is an interactive, hands-on, 6:1 ratio school in a non traditional environment. At Amenta, we will find a specialized and individualized program best for your child. For Home Schooling Instruction for School Credit, Armenta Learning Academy can give you the support for a successful home school experience and oversee your child's progress and achievements.

For Independent Study Programs, they can also help in all academic areas. Through direction and assistance, students completing Independent Study courses will thrive in their small group and one on one environment. Teachers will advise students on time management in relation to class work completion, as well as teaching the material.

50% Off First Session for New Students!
For more information please call 949-367-WISE (9473)

Camino De Santiago Nature School
Located in Orange, CA
Orange County’s first and only outdoor school enrichment program

Nature. School. All day, everyday. Camino De Santiago Nature School provides children and parents of Orange County an alternative educational resource where children maximize their time outdoors and learn in a holistic manner. The students are immersed in nature all day, everyday. Academics are taught through the lens of nature combining methods of Waldorf, Montessori, project based learning and democratic learning. We accept homeschool charter funds.

Celebration Education
Classes in Santa Ana for Homeschoolers
Learning Outside the Box Since 2006!

Homeschoolers in grades K-12 take two days of classes each week in Santa Ana. New classes every six weeks, field trips every month, at-home support. All school subjects are included into fun, personalized, interactive, UNcommon, learning experiences with less than 10 students in every class.

Fun and educational online classes are also available.

Community Home Education Program

Providing help on finding the right after school program for your child.

This valuable resource also outlines the benefits and offers help on how and where to look for these programs.

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Learn a Foreign Language
Language Programs for kids

Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center
Located in Laguna Niguel
Foreign Languages For Children: French, Spanish & Mandarin

Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center for children offers French, Spanish and Mandarin languages to infant/children. Their classes provide an easy, stimulating and interacting way for children to learn a new language with native speakers with the use of storytelling, art, games, music and song. Chimmy 5in1 also uses history to learn about culture and customs and geography to learn about the location.

LangoKids Irvine
Located in Irvine
Best Spanish Immersion classes for kids!

Awarded BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOL in 2020, 2021 and 2022 by Parenting OC Reacher's Choice Awards.

Lango Kids Irvine is a full-immersion foreign language program that teaches kids ages 2-10 through music, games and art. Your child is taught by native or near-native speaking teachers in 1 hour online or in person classes. Our low teacher-student ratio classes are designed to help your child achieve his/her higher potential and love for the language. Our program has been voted Best of OC several times and continues being the preferred language program by many in Irvine and surrounding areas. Refreshments are also provided.

Language Immersion Camps are also available! For classes and Camp Lango pricing and location, contact us or visit our website by clicking the link above.

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Featured Orange County Preschools

Catalyst Kids
Locations on school campuses in Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach

Our preschool programs develop and grow school readiness skills leading to success in school and beyond. Our curriculum provides a balance of child discovery and teacher guidance and is aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks and the K–12 content standards. Our literacy and math curricula are research based and developmentally sequenced. The teacher led activities actively engage children in concept development and skill building experiences.

Half and Full Day Programs are available. Schedule a tour to learn more. Available Now - Free part-day program for those that qualify. No fees required.

Marina View Preschool - Kindergarten
12 months-6years
Located in Laguna Niguel

Our school is a loving, supportive, and nurturing environment where children develop a lifelong love of learning. We offer a year round program for children ages 12 months-6years. Our educational philosophy provides a strong, child-centered learning environment that educates the whole child- intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our educational programs along with our caring, dedicated and highly educated staff is clearly what sets us apart. Low teacher/child ratios, potty training provided, and introductions to Spanish and Mandarin are all offered. We also provide enrichment classes in Gymnastics and Soccer.

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Funding for Higher Education

Get College Funding

GetCollegeFunding is a non-profit, public benefit company committed to educating parents, grandparents, students and educators with the facts about College Funding and Financial Aid. Many of their services are free, including seminars, ongoing private consultations, financial aid forms review, and downloadable resources from their website.

For families who want them to take care of the entire College Funding element - from start to finish - they offer a fee-based all-inclusive-service.

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Additional Educational Resources

National Ocean Service - All About Oceans

The National Ocean Service (NOS) education team engages formal and informal education audiences to build environmental literacy through products and programs that incorporate the applied science of NOS. The team supports teacher infusion of NOS content into local curricula through professional development opportunities at conferences and through Web-based avenues.

Orange County Public Library

A network of community libraries in Orange County. There are currently 32 branches as well as an outlet in Orangewood Children's Home to provide a variety of services to residents throughout the County. Some of the branches are operated within the jurisdiction of the county's 33 cities and some within the county's unincorporated area.

Volunteer Center of Orange County

Our Their Nonprofit Resource Center, the educational division of Volunteer Center Orange County, offers more than 150 seminars, workshops, and conferences annually. Staffed by experienced nonprofit professionals, they can assist you in any aspect of nonprofit formation, development, operation or governance.

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