School Age Child Care
The County of Orange currently operates four (4) school age child care programs that are administered by the Office on Youth (OOY) Director. Our programs began in the Fall of 1993, under the supervision of the Orange County Parks and Recreation, at Gordon-Barbour Elementary School.
A second program opened in the summer of 1994 at Orange Elementary School. Over the past several years, several other child care programs, including an infant/toddler program, opened throughout the County. Due to a lack of attendance, these programs closed after several years of operation as they were not self-sustainable. After interest had been expressed in re-establishing the Locust Grove Child Care Program at Locust Grove Primary School, the program re-opened during the 2013 - 2014 school year.
Due to COVID restrictions and limitations, the Office on Youth requested to open a fourth site at Lightfoot Elementary to allow more spaces for children in need of care. This site had been one of the sites operated in the past, but with low attendance numbers, had been forced to close. With approval from the County Administrator and the use of COVID Cares Act funds, the Lightfoot Child Care site re-opened on the first day of school in August 2020.
In 2010, the County Administration reorganized some of the county departments. The Office on Youth, which had been under the supervision of the Parks and Recreation Director, was separated back into its own department and the child care programs were moved under the supervision of the OOY, changing its name to the Orange County School Age Child Care (OCSACC). Our three (3) current programs are completely self-sufficient, relying solely on tuition and fees to operate.
OCSACC is licensed by the Department of Social Services and includes care before school, after school, and full days during summer break and some student and teacher holidays/workdays. Please visit the "Child Care Facilities" page for site specific operational information.
Children must be eligible to attend elementary school in order to attend the OCSACC. Children enrolled for Kindergarten in the fall may enroll in the OCSACC program the summer immediately preceding their Kindergarten year. Children attending Middle School are also eligible to attend through the age of twelve (12).
Children do not need to be enrolled in Orange County Schools or be a resident of Orange County to attend the OCSACC. The program is conducted on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or disability.