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Early Childhood

The Early Childhood section of our local resources for parents provides you with classes and services offered on the westside. 

Well Baby Center                                                                                                                                        
Low fee, sliding scale classes and counseling services for expecting and new mothers, fathers, and families including our popular Mindful Parenting Groups for toddlers, Becoming Social (a preschool-readiness parent-child group), as well as Loving Discipline - mindfulness-based parenting classes, and 
parent and me Swell Baby Music class. 12316 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista, CA 90066. 310.402.2229

A Place for Parents/YWCA
A Place For Parents is a part of the Santa Monica YWCA and offers Toddlers/Infants & Me Classes for parents and children together and parenting classes for parents only. Cottage Activity Time (2 hour drop-off groups for 2 1/2 year olds) is a program based on supporting development through playbwhere social skills and conflict resolution skills are emphasized. The group supports the separation process between parent and child. (Children do not have to be toilet trained.)
2019 14th St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

Airport Marina Counseling Services
Community mental health center offering counseling and psychiatric services to  families, children and couples. Provides crisis intervention groups. Also offers assessment and evaluation services, psychological and psycho-educational testing. Spanish spoken.
7891 La Tijera Blvd. Westchester, CA 90045

Antioch University Counseling Center
Community counseling center including services to parents, families, and groups.  Also has services to the international community and the Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bisexual community.
400 Corporate Pointe Culver City, CA 90230


Campion Counseling Center
Under the umbrella of the Ocean Park Community Center, this counseling center offers mental health services including assessment and counseling for children and families. Programs include Playroom Therapy for children 4 years and older to learn to express themselves and increase their self-esteem.
1453 16th St. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Cedars-Sinai Hospital Psychiatric Mental Health
Inpatient and outpatient mental health services for children, infants and their families.
8730 Alden Dr., Plaza Level Los Angeles, CA 90048

Center for the Developing Mind
Offers education, therapeutic services and family support for children 0-22 yrs impacted by developmental and/or regulatory disorders.
2990 South Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 308, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Children's Collective
Offers educational and case managed family support services to children and their families. Programs also include childcare, preschool and aftercare programs as well as child and family advocacy.
5870 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite C Los Angeles, CA 90016

Compassionate Friends/L.A.
Nationwide organization offers support groups for parents and children who have lost a child/sibling.
PO Box 67823, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Connections for Children
Childcare resource and referral agency for professionals and parents. Provides free referrals and financial assistance for families in need.
2701 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 253 Santa Monica, CA 90405


Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health
Outpatient mental health center offering therapy and substance abuse support for families. Offers specialized mental health services for children including individual, group, and family therapy, as well as case management and medication management. Also offers parenting classes, particularly to monolingual Spanish-speaking parents that incorporate information on positive and effective discipline techniques, child development, anger management, and supportive resources.
4760 South Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230

Early Childhood Parenting Center
Developmental parent/toddler groups. Services are attachment based - helping parents to better connect with their children.
1440 Harvard St. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Edelman Westside Mental Health Center
Child and family mental health services including medication management, crisis intervention, and support groups. Accepts Medi-Cal.
11080 W. Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064

Exceptional Children's Foundation
An organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including children.
8740 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

Family Resource Counseling Center
Counseling resources including those for couples, families, and children.
11500 W. Olympic Bl., Suite 420 Los Angeles, CA 90064

Family Services of Santa Monica
A non-profit organization with counseling, therapy, family service social workers, parenting groups, and employee assistance programs for children and adults.  Now merged with Vista Del Mar.
1533 Euclid Street in Santa Monica.

Habla Blah Blah
Child-centered classes that offer a playful, organic approach for monolingual children and their caregivers to learn another language.

The Help Group
Agency serving children over 3 years with special needs through education, counseling and assessments. Accepts Medi-Cal and AB 3632 when applicable.
12099 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066

Insight LA
Mindfulness meditation and education center that teaches classes and workshops for families with young children. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is offered at Well Baby Center, 12316 Venice Blvd. Mar Vista, Ca 90066 310-402-2229. To register, please call
2633 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

LA Child Development Center
Non-profit organization provides accessible, affordable mental health services to families with children who could otherwise not afford these services through a school-based early identification and intervention program.
2014 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025


The Maple Counseling Center
Mental health facility offers sliding scale psychotherapy for infants, children, families and groups. Also offers effective parenting classes, Mindful Parenting Groups and Reflective Parenting Workshops.
9107 Wilshire Blvd., Lower Level Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Mini Yogis
mobile yoga studio offers classes for parent and child together.
various locations throughout West Los Angeles

Open Paths Counseling Center
Outpatient therapy and support including therapy for children and families. Offers domestic violence and anger management classes, parenting classes, counseling and school programs for at-risk youth.
310.398.7877. Spanish line 310.967.6090
12655 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 101 Los Angeles, CA 90066

Our House
Grief support groups for adults and children.
1663 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90025

Pacific-Asian Counseling Services
Multicultural counseling center offering services to low income youth and families.
8616 La Tijera Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90045


Parenting Pathways
A child development specialist who provides private consultations, parenting groups and seminars.
847 Greentree Rd. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

RIE Groups
Classes encourages toddlers to become attentive, active, exploring persons who are self-rewarded in the mastery of new tasks. Classes take place in eight-week sessions and are limited to seven infants and their parents.
(Various locations throughout West Los Angeles)

SmartStart Development Learning Center
SmartStart is a DIR school, based on the DIR/Floortime principles of Dr. Stanley Greenspan. They will direct parents towards resources that may be able to help fund their child’s services. For instance, 18 months – 3 years, children who are Regional Center clients may be eligible for funding through their local Regional Center. After 3 years, families may pursue funding for our Non-Public School through their local school district. Children who are Regional Center clients may also receive funding for behavioral services.
2505 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

SMMUSD/Infant and Family Support Program/Childcare and Development Services
Division of the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District providing parent and child programs in local parks and schools, community special events and health insurance application assistance.
1649 16th St. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Hotline and shelter for battered women and their children.
1453 16th St. Santa Monica, CA 90404

St. Joseph's Center Early Learning Center
ELC serves 32 homeless, formerly homeless, and low-income children ages 18 months to five years. One classroom serves toddlers (age 18-36 months) and the other serves preschoolers (three to five year-olds). With a focus on children's cognitive, emotional and social development, as well as physical health and nutrition, the program consults with a licensed clinical social worker, who helps staff and parents to address developmental issues of concern.
204 Hampton Dr. Venice, CA 90291

St. John's Child and Family Development Center
A child-centered and family-focused center geared to meet the needs of children and also to address the issues and needs of family members. Services include brief family psychotherapy, therapy groups for children, groups for their parents, psychiatric evaluations and medication support, psychological testing, and psycho-educational evaluations. Accepts Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.
1328 22nd St. Santa Monica, CA 90404

St. Joseph's Center Infant Toddler Development Center
Program provides bilingual, all-day, licensed childcare to 23 children with an emphasis on cognitive, emotional and physical development. The program serves homeless and very low-income families, who also benefit from regular parenting classes and access to St. Joseph Center's entire array of family-oriented programs.
204 Hampton Dr. Venice, CA 90291

St. Joseph's Center
Family service center for low-income and homeless families. Services include childcare, therapy and a foodbank.
204 Hampton Dr. Venice, CA 90291

Therapy West
This organization serves children with special needs. Program includes occupational, speech/language and physical therapy.
8717 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Offers classes and workshops to help families with the unique needs that come with parenting multiples.
1137 2nd St., Suite 109 Santa Monica, CA 90403

UCLA NIPH Spanish Psychiatric Clinic
Clinic offers psychological evaluation, therapy, psychosocial interventions, parent
education and psychiatric services to Hispanic patients.
300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 2232 Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA Psychological Clinic
Counseling center serving children and families.
P.O. Box 951563, 2191 Franz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Venice Family Clinic/Venice Family Health Center
Clinic providing mental health and childcare services to low income families.  Programs include: Women's Health, Children First, and Pediatric Child Development. Women's Health focuses on prenatal care. Children First is a comprehensive child developement program through strenghtening the family, parent education and parent empowerment. The Pediatric Child Development program offers tailored case management to children and
families in need. The clinic also has an Early Head Start Program.
604 Rose Ave. Venice, CA 90291

Vista Del Mar Child/Family Services
Offers counseling services including for children and families as well as parenting education classes. Placement services include foster-care and adoption. Medi-Cal accepted.
3200 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Vista Del Mar/Reiss Davis Child Study Center
Serves children with mild to severe behavioral problems, emotional problems and learing disorders. Services range from assessment to family and child therapy. Grandparenting classes offered for support in raising young children.
3200 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Vista Del Mar/Julia Ann Singer Center
Outpatient division of Vista Del Mar serving clients with learning disorders, developmental disabilites and emotional problems, as well as serving abused and neglected children and their families.
3200 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Westchester Parents' Nursery School
Westchester Parents' Nursery School's program focuses on both child and family. They provide a class curriculum that promotes each child's unique learning style. They also have You & Me classes for parents and children ages 15 months to 2.5 years. This class helps both parents and children get ready for the transition to preschool.
7300 Manchester Ave. Westchester, CA 90045

Westside Children's Center
Offers foster care and adoption services, infant and family mental health, family support services that offer case mamangement, therapy and child specialists to families in need, as well as affordable childcare through their Early Care and Education program.
12120 Wagner St. Culver City, CA 90230

Westside Regional Center
Regional center offers a range of services for children with developmental disabilities including free assessment and testing, case management, behavioral management programs, counseling and therapy. Insurance and Medi-Cal accepted.
5901 Green Valley Circle, Suite 320 Culver City, CA 90230

YMCA/Santa Monica Westside Locations
The Santa Monica Family YMCA is dedicated to serving its members by providing programs and services that enrich the quality of the physical, mental, spiritual, and social lives of individual members, their families, and communities.
1332 6th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401-1604

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