LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2020) -- Today, Central City Association (CCA) released a white paper demonstrating the need for more early care and education (ECE) and elementary schools in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). They discuss DTLA’s insufficient capacity to meet the educational needs of the growing residential population and outline the economic, environmental and community-building benefits from increased access to ECE and schools. The white paper includes recommendations and actionable steps to overcome the challenges of expanding these opportunities in urban areas like DTLA. Read the full white paper with a list of detailed recommendations at ccala.org/DTLAEducation and a summary at ccala.org/DTLAEducationSummary.
"Downtown transformed from an office district to a vibrant neighborhood over the last couple of decades, but we now need to expand child care and school options as we prepare to grow into an area with 250,000 residents by 2040,” said Jessica Lall, President & CEO of CCA. “We look forward to partnering with LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles, the State of California and the broader DTLA community to implement our policy recommendations to ensure DTLA becomes a complete community for people of all ages.”
DTLA is home to the largest concentration of office square footage in LA County, and CCA’s recommendations include ways DTLA can leverage vacancies in existing spaces to locate ECE facilities and schools. Clear, predictable compliance processes and flexible land use provisions would need to be set, and some permit and parking requirements should be reformed. Additionally, as DTLA continues to grow, creating schools in new developments should be encouraged and prioritized. Lastly, strong partnerships are imperative to advance any solutions, including those with LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and the broader DTLA community comprised of parents, property owners and businesses. See pages 20 and 21 of the white paper for a chart summarizing the recommendations and implementation roles.
"CCA continues to bring their vision of a welcoming Downtown to reality, now with their recommendations to expand child care and education opportunities in Downtown LA,” said Rob Jernigan, Regional Managing Principal of Gensler and CCA Board Chair. "CCA's white papers create clear road maps on how to strategically bring people together to increase Downtown’s livability for all.”
For more information on CCA white papers, see ccala.org/white-papers.