What We Do

About LAUP

LAUP brings a rich history of over 12 years of impact, having helped over 700 early learning providers elevate their program quality and prepare over 130,000 young children for kindergarten and beyond. LAUP takes a diverse approach to develop the “whole child” by supporting parents; growing a qualified workforce; improving quality by providing quality supports in the classroom; and pursuing advocacy and policy for increased early learning investments at the local, state and national levels.

Our Vision

Educational Justice: Every child will succeed in school and life.

Our Mission

Guided by research, LAUP works to improve the quality of early learning programs; to strengthen the engagement between the parents of young children and their teachers and caregivers; and to advance public policies that invest in the future of America by putting children first.

Our Story

In 1998, California voters approved Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax on every pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products to fund programs for children. LAUP was a part of this movement, and was established as the early education non-profit in Los Angeles County to support the care and development of the county’s youngest learners.

Over the years, LAUP has supported the operation and development of more than 700 early learning providers in Los Angeles County, touching the lives of over 130,000 children through enriching curricula and nurturing environments aimed to best prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Today, we are building on our achievements while strengthening our innovative and strategic work to advance early education program quality and capacity, preparing birth to 5-year-olds for their best start in life.

Our main areas of focus:

  • Program quality assessments
  • Coaching for educators
  • Family engagement support
  • Program leadership
  • Professional development
  • Advocating at the local, state, and national levels
  • Pioneering new research
  • Back-office support and oversight
Because of LAUP, I know what quality early education looks like.
Steven Hecker - FATHER OF THREE, THE CHILD AND FAMILY CENTER THERAPEUTIC PRESCHOOL, SANTA CLARITA, CA