Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in District of Columbia.

Child Care and the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Closure information around child care and the Novel Coronavirus in your state

*Child care programs may remain open. Providers should verify that they are following all updated district guidelines for care.*

Information for Small Business Recovery

Child Care Information for Essential Personnel  

Phase 2 Guidance for Child Care Providers

Please note that information around the coronavirus is changing rapidly. This information was last updated by CCAoA on June 29, 11:49 a.m. EDT.

 

District of Columbia COVID-19 Website 

General information about COVID-19 in your state 

Website 

 

Need additional information?

Click here to find your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: (202) 727-1839

Website

Provider Complaint Line: (202) 727-2993

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

District of Columbia Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in District of Columbia

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: (202) 727-1839

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Capital Quality

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

 

Early Childhood Share DC

A one-stop location for ECE professionals for policies, forms, regulations, guidance, discounts, and more to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality (Note: typically requires purchase of a subscription or membership)

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: (202) 671-7233

Website

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: (202) 442-9900

Website

Medicaid Eligibility

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: (202) 727-5355 or contact your local office

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – DC Healthy Families

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Phone: 1(800) 620-7802 or (202) 639-4030

Website

DC Department of Human Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: (202) 671-4200

Website

Department of Behavioral Health

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: 1(888) 793-4357 

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: (202) 727-0284

Website

DC Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: (202) 442-9397

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: (202) 727-5355

Website

Find Your Local Office

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: (202) 727-5355

Website

Find Your Local Office

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: Dial 3-1-1 (in DC only)

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals (Serving DC, MD, VA)

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (301) 588-8700

Website

The Arc DC

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: 1(800) 433-5255

Website

Early Intervention – Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: (202) 727-3665

Website

Safe Kids District of Columbia

Aims to educate families and provide safety devices to families in need

Website

  • COVID-19

    Child Care and the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Closure information around child care and the Novel Coronavirus in your state

    *Child care programs may remain open. Providers should verify that they are following all updated district guidelines for care.*

    Information for Small Business Recovery

    Child Care Information for Essential Personnel  

    Phase 2 Guidance for Child Care Providers

    Please note that information around the coronavirus is changing rapidly. This information was last updated by CCAoA on June 29, 11:49 a.m. EDT.

     

    District of Columbia COVID-19 Website 

    General information about COVID-19 in your state 

    Website 

     

    Need additional information?

    Click here to find your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone: (202) 727-1839

    Website

    Phone: (202) 727-2993

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Capital Quality

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Website

     

    Early Childhood Share DC

    A one-stop location for ECE professionals for policies, forms, regulations, guidance, discounts, and more to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality (Note: typically requires purchase of a subscription or membership)

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: (202) 671-7233

    Website

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: (202) 442-9900

    Website

    Medicaid Eligibility

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: (202) 727-5355 or contact your local office

    Website

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – DC Healthy Families

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    Phone: 1(800) 620-7802 or (202) 639-4030

    Website

    DC Department of Human Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Phone: (202) 671-4200

    Website

    Department of Behavioral Health

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: 1(888) 793-4357 

    Website

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance

    Child care financial assistance programs

    Phone: (202) 727-0284

    Website

    DC Head Start

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: (202) 442-9397

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: (202) 727-5355

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: (202) 727-5355

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: Dial 3-1-1 (in DC only)

    Website

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals (Serving DC, MD, VA)

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (301) 588-8700

    Website

    The Arc DC

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Phone: 1(800) 433-5255

    Website

    Early Intervention – Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: (202) 727-3665

    Website

  • Safe Kids District of Columbia

    Aims to educate families and provide safety devices to families in need

    Website

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.