Child Care Resources

If you are visiting IPAM and will be bringing a child or children, please notify your Program Manager.  The information on this page is meant for long program participants seeking child care or babysitting services. Single workshop visitors seeking babysitting services may also find some of this information useful. If your child is of school-age (kindergarten and above), your Program Manager can assist you.


Below you will find a list of child care facilities that may consider admitting your child/children on short-term basis. We advise you to contact them well in advance to inquire about space availability and waiting lists. Please note that IPAM does not recommend or endorse any particular child care center or preschool.

Bright Horizons (UCLA Affiliated)
10861 Weyburn Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Open to the Community
They also have a center in Santa Monica; you can get on both waiting lists for a $150 fee.

Bright Start Learning Center
1501 17th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 315-9353
The Center will take children on short-term basis if space is available in a certain age group. 2-5 year olds are accepted. 2-year-olds don’t have to be potty trained.

Beth Shir Sholom Preschool
1827 California Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 829-2517
This is a Jewish preschool but is open to all children. The preschool may consider admitting your child for a short period, depending on space availability and some other factors. An IPAM visitor used this facility and was satisfied with the services provided.

Westwood Hills Preschool
1989 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-7398
Located in Westwood Village, corner of La Grange. Children from 2 up to 5 years are admitted.

Sunshine Learning Center and Preschool
3704 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-4543
Children from 2 up to 6 years are admitted.


Craigslist. You may place your own ad (free of charge) or search for child care service

Daily Bruin Classifieds.  Place your child care wanted ad in this UCLA community newspaper. We recommend this if you want to find part-time child care services provided by a college student. To advertise call (310) 825-2221 or complete the online form.


UCLA Child Care Resource Program: Judy Bencivengo is the resource coordinator for UCLA Early Care and Education (ECE). Judy’s phone number is 310-825-8474. Please leave a message for her explaining that you are a short-term visitor to UCLA/IPAM, and your needs.  (UCLA’s ECE program itself is unlikely to have short-term child care available.)

Connections for Children: This website allows you to search licensed child care programs in Santa Monica and Westwood communities. You’ll need to complete a quick registration form (free) before you can use the database.

Los Angeles County Public Social Services – Child Care: Child care information and resources directory in Los Angeles County. The website also offers an extensive checklist that may be helpful.

Peachhead Families: This is an online parents’ community supporting and connecting families in the Los Angeles area. By joining Peachhead you can exchange emails, questions and answers about the topics of your interest, including finding suitable child care for your child.

Nanny Institute: Their database contains a nationwide registry of nanny agencies in the country. As of July 2009, there are four agencies listed for Los Angeles.


This hotel has a playroom for young children:

Tiverton House
(310) 794-0151

Some local hotels will offer referrals for babysitters.  Please contact the hotel directly to inquire. For more information, go to the Hotels page.

Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, in the mountains near San Bernardino, provides its guests with names of babysitters.  This is the location of IPAM’s culminating conferences at the end of each long program, and reunion conferences.