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Local Resources on Early Childhood Services and Programs

City of Alexandria Office for Early Childhood Development - Child Care Information Service:

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Child Care Connection provides information to help you assess a child care provider. Local permitting regulations and state licensing standards are minimum requirements and do not guarantee quality programs. Use the Child Care Checklist when visiting a provider and check the provider's blue registration permit or state license to ensure that their registration is valid and that they have space for your child. Providers should also be able to present documentation of the training they have received.

The Office for Early Childhood Development does not specifically endorse any provider and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information about providers. All child care arrangements are the responsibility of the parents and the provider. Call 703-746-5437 (KIDS) or click below for up-to-date lists of: approved family child care providers

For information on licensed programs, including the results of recent inspections and compliance history, go to and click on Licensed Child Care. This site has information on full-day and half-day child care centers and before- and after-school programs, with the hours of care and the ages of children accepted. For more information, you may also contact the Fairfax Regional Licensing Office at 703-934-1505.

Arlington County Virginia Child and Family Services:

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Child Care Information: 703-228-1685

Child Day Care Services ensure the health, safety and welfare of children in child care facilities and assist parents in becoming self-sufficient by subsidizing the cost of child care services for eligible persons who are employed or in training which leads to employment. The Child Care Office licenses day care facilities; monitors their compliance with local child care ordinances, state standards, and regulations; and provides education and training for providers of child care. The Child Care Office maintains directories of child day care centers and family day care providers. You can also order these directories by calling 703-228-1685.

Fairfax County Virginia Office of Children

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The Fairfax County Office for Children, established in 1975 by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, advances the care, education and healthy development of children from birth through elementary school. Office for Children programs include:

• Child Care Assistance and Referral: 703-449-8484. Helps families find and pay for child care. Child Care Assistance and Referral program provides financial assistance for child care to low and moderate income Fairfax County families who are working, or who are in education/training programs and need assistance with paying for the cost of child care. The program pays for child care in centers, family child care homes, or School Age Child Care.

• Community Education and Provider Services:703-324-8100. Inspects family child care homes and issues the Home Child Care Permit.

Virginia Statewide Resources on Early Childhood Services and Programs

Virginia Office of Early Childhood Development:

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Virginia’s Office of Early Childhood Development, (OECD), which spans the Departments of Education and Social Services and will link to the Department of Health, was launched for operation July 1, 2008, to maximize opportunities for Virginia’s children to reach kindergarten healthy and prepared for school success. The OECD incorporates existing staff, functions, and funding streams from the preschool unit at the Department of Education and the child care subsidy, quality initiatives, and Head Start State Collaboration Office at the Department of Social Services. The Office’s objectives include interagency coordination and program alignment, development of a coordinated professional development system for the early childhood workforce, and an integrated data system to improve policy, programming, and budget decisions.

Voices for Virginia’s Children:

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Voices for Virginia’s Children is a statewide, privately funded, non-partisan awareness and advocacy organization that builds support for practical public policies to improve the lives of children. A recognized leader in child advocacy, Voices mobilizes support for initiatives by conducting research, developing policies, building coalitions, and helping people articulate their support for children.

Voices for Virginia's Children, in partnership withThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has released a Portrait of Children in Northern Virginia, a report examining the critical needs of 530,000 children in Northern Virginia.

National Resources on Early Childhood Services and Programs

National Association of Education of Young Children:

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization. Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 90,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.

Zero to Three:

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ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

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