Child Care FAQs

Information about child care.

Page updated on Jan 24, 2022 at 7:43 AM

Child Care FAQs

Where can I get information about and register for COVID-19 Emergency Child Care options, including micro pods? 

Child care continues to be a vital part of the City of Alexandria’s response to families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet the rapidly changing needs and preferences of families affected by the crisis and the socio-economic challenges presented by the pandemic recovery efforts, the City is offering a variety of emergency child care options. 

COVID-19 Emergency Child Care

What types of child care are available?

Types of Child Care Programs 

How can I get a list of child care providers or centers?

Child Care Providers 

What Head Start programs are available in Alexandria?

Head Start Programs 

What help can I receive to pay for child care?

Child Care Assistance 

How do I know if a child care program is right for my child?

Tips on Choosing Child Care & Checklist 

Parents Guide to Child Care: EnglishArabicAmharicSpanish

What are the standards for family child care homes?

Standards for Family Child Care Homes 

How do I make a complaint about a provider?

If you have any questions about a provider please call Early Childhood Division at 703.746.KIDS (5437). Each approved provider is assigned a Child Care Specialist you can contact. Anyone may report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services by calling 703.746.5800 or 1.800.552.7096.

How can I become a child care provider?

Child Care Provider Training
Monthly Provider Trainings

When do I need a Special Use Permit or a State License?

In the City of Alexandria to care for six or more children you must have a Special Use Permit (call 703.746.4200 for information). Effective July 1, 2016, to care for five or more children you must have an Assistant and a State License (call 703.934.1505 for information).

What are the benefits of becoming an approved provider?

An approved provider can be paid directly by the City to care for those children whose care the City sponsors. Approved providers are listed on the online Approved Child Care  Provider List Current Childcare Provider ListCurrent Childcare Provider List used by parents who contact the Early Childhood Division looking for child care resources.

Address and Phone: 

Child Care Provider Regulation and Professional Development Office 703.746.5473 |  1900 North Beauregard Street, Second Floor, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22312

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