Experiences in a child’s early years lay the foundation for school success and lifelong learning. Making the right choice for child care is one of the most important decisions a family will make. The District of Columbia provides child care services (including before and after school care) to children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, including services through age 18 for children with disabilities. Children are served in licensed centers and family child care home programs. This includes community and faith-based providers and employer-sponsored and employer-supported organizations.
Learn more about child care services and the regulation of child care in the District of Columbia as well as early learning programs, including Pre-k and Head Start services offered:
- Child Care Services
- Child Care Intake Eligibility Sites
- Child Care Subsidy Program FAQ for Parents: Learn More About Eligibility for your Family!
- Children with Special Needs
- Head Start
- Make A Complaint or Report an Unusual Incident
- Pre-kindergarten Educational Services
- Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program (DC EIP)