The Learning Program of Orange County

Face-to-face services offered at our learning center in Orange County, California

Learning Program Overview

Our face-to-face programming represents a comprehensive collection of teaching strategies, educational activities and resources designed to give learners the best opportunity for success. We have shared our face-to-face programs with several strategic partners, including MCDSIG, which produced this excellent video explaining the benefits of the program.


The Learning Program, Orange County (LP OC) involves four levels of classroom programming for parents and their learners. The LP OC is delivered at the DSF Learning Center in Irvine, California from September through June. The goal of LP OC is to empower parents as first teachers and advocates for their learners and to improve academic outcomes. LP OC complements formal instruction in literacy and math, and includes occupational and speech therapy components.

The next Learning Program series will be held online. You can register through our store under the "membership" category. Please contact us with any questions at

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Learning Program After School Academy (ASA) provides weekly 1.5 to 2 hour classes supporting growth in academics, communication and social skills. Staffed with credentialed teachers supported by interns and volunteers, ASA I is for students in 3rd through 6th grade and ASA II is for students in 9th grade through post high school transition. Students do not have to participate in LP OC to join ASA.

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Learning Program Summer Academy is the summer version of After School Academy. Staffed with credentialed teachers supported by trained interns and volunteers, summer classes provide reading and math intervention and social skill building to students in second grade through post high school transition. 

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Learning Program Tutoring provides direct academic intervention to students. Sessions vary based on student strengths and challenges, but apply the research, strategies, resources and activities used in The Learning Program. Tutoring sessions may include general curriculum support in alignment with Common Core State Standards, customization of Learning Program curriculum, development of personalized learning materials, and homework help.

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Learning Program's Sunday Funday (formerly, Teen Time) expands social opportunities for teens and young adults with Down syndrome through monthly Sunday programming. Leveraging Learning Program resources and connections, Sunday Funday focuses on social skill and relationship building in a fun, age appropriate and structured environment.

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Learning Program Community Classroom supports families and professionals in our local Southern California Community through face-to-face workshops (ranging in length from 1.5 hours to full day). LP Community classroom is ideal for those who work full-time, live or work far from our Learning Center, prefer to focus on single Learning Program topics or cannot participate in our regular LP OC Program.

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Learning Program Scholarships enable DSF to make its educational programming available to everyone, including those experiencing financial hardship. Based on demonstrated financial need, DSF will provide either partial or full scholarships for eligible programs. Scholarships may be renewable. To obtain a Scholarship Application, contact us at


"The monthly meetings are great, it keeps me on task and most of the time the topics relate to what we are dealing with at home and school. Information is key and we get new insight on every meeting."

-- Ana C.
Parent, Level 1

"I would absolutely recommend and encourage participation in LP. It has set the foundation for all of J's past, current and future learning. It has empowered me (a non-teacher) to adapt and/or modify work in a way that is effective, meaningful and beneficial for J. It has also inspired me to continue to set the bar high, not only for J, but the professionals working with him - to seek out best practices and think outside the box in their teaching."

-- Lisa F.
Parent, Grads Group

“The Learning Program has helped with my confidence as a parent to teach my child with Down syndrome. I feel like part of a large community of families who have children with Down syndrome. I love that I have materials to use with my child.”

-- Heather S.
Parent, Level 2

"My son T has always loved DSF's programs but ASA has influenced him in a way that makes him excited to learn and he asks almost every day if it's the day he will go to ASA or Summer Academy.

I would absolutely recommend ASA and Summer Academy.  If it's not for the academic portion that is supplemental to school, then without a doubt it's for the social aspect."

-- Jennie H.
Parent, After School Academy and Summer Academy

"My daughter K has learned, grown and benefited from every program! And I can wholeheartedly say that it's been in the After School Academy that I have seen the most growth and improvement in K’s speech and social interactions. And the best part is the skills she is learning are transferring into her everyday life! K is appropriately responding to questions and then asking people about their day! I have also seen friendships with her peers blossom and improve!"

-- Janeal W.
Parent, After School Academy and Summer Academy

"My son has been attending After School Academy for over a year.  He has gained important social skills and cues from his peers and wonderful instructors.  He has the support of the many helpers in the class and effective guidance from his instructor.  I highly recommend this program for academic and social reinforcement."

-- Jackie Z.
Parent, After School Academy

"I think ASA has boosted D's self-confidence. She feels very comfortable talking and sharing when she is there. She responds well to all the positive responses and feedback from all the staff. She seems to have many friends there and looks forward to seeing them each week. I think for this reason it has increased her social circle. 

Thank you for all you do. This program has become incredibly important for D especially as she gets older. I look forward to her continuing to grow with it."

-- Jeannette K.
Parent, After School Academy



View current and upcoming events and classes.

Learning Program of Orange County Calendar

If your family is participating in The Learning Program in Irvine, California or through the LP Online Program, you can view your schedule by navigating to the DSF Events Calendar. With the exception of online sessions, all classes are held at Down Syndrome Foundation’s Learning Center, located at 18023 Sky Park Circle, Suite F, Irvine, California 92614. 

Schedule Questions:
If you have a question about the schedule or will miss a class, please contact us at

California Schedule Only:
The schedules above apply only to Learning Program classes held in Irvine, California. If you are part of a Learning Program in another state or country, please contact your Learning Program administrator for specific class information.

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