The Child Care Services team has been working to enhance the services offered to child care centers, family child care providers, families who use child care and the Arlington community.
Why We Regulate
Arlington County Child Care Services under the Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Division is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and well-being of children who attend license child care programs in Arlington County.
Who We Regulate
- Child Care Centers: Provide care for more than nine (9) children in a facility other than a personal home
- Family Child Care Homes: Provide care for between one (1) and nine (9) children in a personal residence
- Technical Schools
- Private Schools
How We Regulate:
Licensed child care centers comply with 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 Licensing Office and in the reference section of County libraries.
Licensed family child care homes comply with the minimum standards of Chapter 59 of the Arlington County Code (“Family Day Care Homes”).
Child Care Services staff conduct inspections of both child care centers and family child care homes to determine if they meet minimum standards and licensing laws outlined in Chapter 52 for child care centers and Chapter 59 for family child care homes.
Every licensed program is inspected at minimum twice a year.
Child Care Services staff conduct follow up inspections to make sure program correct their deficiencies.
In addition to routine inspections, Child Care Services staff investigate reports that allege violations of Chapter 52 or Chapter 59. The type and scope of each investigation may vary based on the information received in the report. The goal of all investigations is to reduce risk to children and prevent further harm.
Report a complaint concerning a child care program in Arlington County.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, contact the Child Protective Services hotline at 703-228-1598.
Training and technical assistance comprise our major quality improvement activities. Child Care Services provides targeted training to support and enhance quality programming, and increase the skills, knowledge, and competence and leadership of all child care providers
Some of the accomplishments this year are:
- The Quality in Family Child Care Project engaged 41;and we anticipate an additional 15 providers by the close of the fiscal year
- 82 attended Child Care Services Pre-Licensing workshops
- 884 were trained in FY 2015. Trainings were aligned with the Virginia Quality Start Quality Initiative and Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals
- 64 Family Child Providers attended New Family Child Care Provider Orientations
- Nine (9) Family Child Care Providers are part of our Accreditation Demonstration Project
- 108 attended the Arlington County Family Child Care Symposium