Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center sign Welcome to the Orange Coast College Harry & Grace Steele Children's Center!  The Center has been serving student-parents with quality Early Care and Education of young children for 40 years. The Associated Students conceived the idea for campus childcare and has supported this endeavor on many levels throughout our history. The OCC Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center is part of campus Student Services with the primary goal of providing a comprehensive Early Care and Education program serving the families of student-parents, faculty/staff and the community. The Center strives to promote a balance between healthy family living and academic/career success. In creating this balance, parents grow to understand and develop their role in the life of their growing child(ren) while striving to maintain productivity in the outside world. Our role is to provide the time and structural support to assist students, faculty, staff and community members in achieving their goals or experience an enriched campus life that includes the pursuit of leadership opportunities and serve families through positive modeling, parent enrichment and ongoing support. The Center has a long history of excellence in providing quality child care to families in the Orange Coast area and will continue this tradition in future years to come.


Enrollment Priority:

Enrollment priority is given in the following order:  

  • OCC Student Parents 
  • Alternative Payment Programs
  • Staff/Faculty (full cost)
  • Community (full cost)

Applications are located in the waiting list section of our website. Applications are prioritized by date and as space becomes available. Please contact our front office or enrollment extension for more information. 

Contact Us

  • Front Office  - (714) 432-5569 
  • Enrollment  - (714) 432-5569 ext. 26702 
  • Email - Childrenscenter@occ.cccd.edu

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.