Parents are strongly encouraged to look at the Choosing A Family Day Care Home page for tips to select a Family Day Care or Early Childhood Program that is a good fit for your child. We also encourage parents to call to find out what the Child Care Office's latest inspection visit reported- (703) 228-1685.
This directory contains a description of Early Childhood Programs annually licensed under Chapter 52 of the Arlington County Code, "Child Care Centers, Preschools, Nursery Schools, Parent's Day Out Programs, and Cooperative Playgroup Programs." Copies of Chapter 52 are available from the Child Care Office , in the reference section of County libraries or on the County’s website.
These family day care home providers comply with the minimum standards of Chapter 59 of the Arlington County Code ("Family Day Care Homes"). Their listing here does not constitute a recommendation.
Arlington County Child Care Office licenses both Family Day Care Providers and Early Education Centers. If you are interested in opening an Early Education Center in Arlington, please call the Child Care Office at (703) 228-1685. To fill out the initial paperwork to open a center please fill out this form (Center Application) and fax to (703) 228-1172 Attention Licensing or scan and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
To become a a Family Day Care Provider in Arlington you will need to attend an orientation session at the Department of Human Services (2100 Washington Blvd.). The Child Care Office loves children, however please do not bring your children to the orientation. You can find the application by clicking here- Provider Application.
Interested in starting a Family Child Care Home? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the process and requirements.