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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

2-Way Language Immersion Program

Help your children learn to think, read, write and speak naturally in two languages! Capistrano Unified School District's intensive 2-Way Language Immersion Program is designed for students to: Achieve proficiency in English and Spanish while developing high level academic skills; Build strong thinking and reasoning for problem solving in math and science; Provide them with the cutting edge for admission in colleges and universities that value and promote biliterate, multicultural and global learning; Perform at or above grade level in academic areas; and Prepare them for a real world with positive opportunities and challenges.

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Educational Exhibits

Ocean Institute
Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point

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

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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'.

Irvine Park Railroad- Educational Programs
Ongoing

Irvine Park Railroad offers educational programs and group discounts for train rides and other annual events. The 4th Grade California History Education Program - a fun, hands on program - meets fourth grade, history-social science content requirement standards for California Public Schools. Activities include a train ride, water wheel demonstration, a visit in the mine shaft, tour of a miner's camp, panning for gold and more. Book your class or group for the Pumpkin Patch; each child can participate in various activities and take a pumpkin home. Classes and groups can also be booked for the Easter Eggstravaganza; children will participate in an Easter egg hunt, train ride and other activities. Different packages are available. For information on these programs, including group pricing, visit our Web site today.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

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

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
Home School and Independent Study Support

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. For more information please call 949-367-WISE (9473)

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.

Foreign Language Learning Game

Excellent for home schooling, the Foreign Language Learning game is a learning tool to learn and practice word and expressions of a foreign language in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Game-Board and audio lessons available in Spanish with French soon to be available.

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Learn a Foreign Language
Language Programs for kids

Chimmy 5in1 Languages Center
Located in Mission Viejo
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
Hola, Bonjour! Welcome to LangoKids Irvine!

Lango Kids Irvine is a full-immersion foreign language program that teaches Spanish and French to kids ages 1-10 at our facility in Irvine! Classes, taught by native or near-native speaking teachers, are 45-minutes for toddlers and 1.5 hour classes for kids 4 and up. Our low teacher-student ratio classes are designed to help your child achieve his/her higher potencial and love for the language. 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.

Irvine (714) 864-4680

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Featured Orange County Preschools

Child Development Centers
Locations on school campuses in Anaheim, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, 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

Earth's Water - All About Oceans

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.

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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