PACE Early Childhood Education (ECE)

PACE Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a comprehensive, integrated, holistic program that provides early childhood development, health, mental health, nutrition, social services, disabilities services,and family-focused programs to empower and strengthen the whole family, and to support children’s socialization and their future success in school.

PACE ECE operates 16 fully licensed Head Start and Early Learning child-care and development centers serving children from three to five years of age, as well as an Early Head Start home-based program for parents-to-be and children from birth to three. Open five days a week, September through June, the centers offer full-day and part-day programs.  Parents are involved in the operation and administration of the program, building their skills to serve as the first teachers of their children, and are encouraged in leadership roles in the agency. PACE’s targeted geographic locations include parts of metro Los Angeles and the South Bay.

Education Services

Head Start is a comprehensive program that provides a positive preschool environment and developmentally appropriate school readiness experiences. Our professional services include education & early childhood development, medical, dental & mental health, nutrition, and parent involvement.

PACE ECE utilizes The Creative Curriculum, an award-winning research-based curriculum featuring exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The Creative Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning. These objectives are fully aligned with the Head Start Outcomes Early Learning Framework – Ages Birth to Five and state early learning standards, and integrated into each and every one of the comprehensive collection of resources that makes up the curriculum. In addition, the curriculum offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction by helping teachers meet the needs of every learner, with a particular focus on English language development.

PACE recognizes that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that continued involvement by parents as partners in their children’s education contributes greatly to student academic achievement and a positive learning environment. Head Start relies heavily on family and community members to strengthen its programs. The Policy Council serves as a decision and policy making body for the Head Start program in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Board of Education and the shared-governance model.

Volunteers are essential to the PACE Early Childhood Education program. Parents, community residents, students and seniors donate their time to PACE ECE. Whether it is in the classroom, office, playground, or through extended home activities and providing medical services, volunteers contribute to making Head Start a comprehensive, individualized program for children and their families. Head Start is 80 percent federally funded and 20 percent locally funded. The local 20 percent share comes from cash contributions, in-kind donations of goods and services and volunteer services donated to the program by members of the community.

Our School Sites

School Site
4130 W. 154th St., Lawndale, CA 90006
(310) 219-1173
Bright Starts
14627 S. Western Ave., Gardena, CA 90247
(424) 329-3109
Christian Fellowship
2085 S. Hobart Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 766-0722
Early Explorers
1200 S. Manhattan Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 643-4850
Good Beginnings
1839 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 744-1347
2300 James Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 738-7295
4520 W. 168th St., Lawndale, CA 90260
(310) 370-6345
Little Stars
1322 S. New Hampshire, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 739-0098
1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 746-2613
Rising Stars
731 Beacon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 353-0300
St. John
14517 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, CA 90249
(424) 456-4889
West Blvd.
1809 West Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 954-8099
Young Innovators
3740 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 389-8470
First Steps
14420 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, CA 90249
(424) 266-9688
Aloha Learning Center
13000 Van Ness Ave., Gardena, CA 90249
(424) 340-2640
Oceanside Learning Academy
682 Broadway St., Venice, CA 90291
(424) 280-4090

Office Hours & Locations


1055 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 1050 (10th Floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tel: (213) 989-3244
Fax: (213) 989-3296 


1055 Wilshire Blvd., 
Suite 1701 (17th Floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90017