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Early Learning

The mission of the Division of Early Learning (DEL) is to provide leadership and coordination to ensure that all District of Columbia children, from birth to kindergarten entrance, have access to high quality early childhood development programs and are well prepared for school.

The Birth through Five Programs, Resources and Supports guide provides information on the various resources and programs provided by DEL to support children, families and child care providers in licensed child care facilities.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Help Desk at [email protected] or (202) 478-5903. 

Early Learning Providers                                                                                     Early Learning Families

How do I get a license in DC?                                                                      My Child Care DC
Facility License Application                                                                         How do I get a voucher?
Renewal Forms                                                                                              Child Care Intake Eligibility Sites
Amended Licenses                                                                                        DC's Child Care Resource and Referral
Additional Forms                                                                                           DC Head Start State Collaboration Office
Unusual Incidents Report                                                                            Capital Quality
Professional Development Course Offerings                                           Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion
Professional Development Information System                                      Quality Improvement Network
Early Childhood Share DC                                                                            DC Early Learning Standards
Capital Quality                                                                                                Early Intervention
How do I get a voucher?                                                                               Child care consumer one-pager
Child Care Disaster Response Plan                                                            PDG B-5 Grant Competition
Early Learning Funding Opportunities                                                       Referral Forms
Strong Start Playgroups                                                                               Share Your Experience
Research-Based Curricula                                                                            Strong Start Playgroups


Early Learning Educators                                                                                  Early Intervention

Professional Development Information System                                       About
DC's Child Care Resource and Referral                                                    Information for Families
Resources for Educators                                                                               Information for Providers
Resources Available for New Education Requirements                          Referral Information
Early Development Instrument                                                                 Resources
DC Early Learning Standards                                                                        DC Interagency Coordinating Council
Curriculum Approval Process                                                                       Part C IDEA State Application
Research-Based Curricula                                                                             Strong Start Playgroups
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-6436
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Sixth Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Service Location: 

1050 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
1050 First Street, NE