Employees' Child Care Center
The Employees’ Child Care Center provides high-quality care for the children of Fairfax County government employees in a child-centered learning program where children are respected and nurtured. The ECCC promotes the development of the whole child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Through a team approach of open communication and cooperation between home and school, the ECCC provides strong beginnings for each child.
The ECCC is a learning environment where young children are encouraged to explore, be creative, cultivate positive relationships, experience the joy of learning and develop a sense of community. ECCC teachers are committed to providing safe, nurturing classrooms where children, in mixed-age groupings, can build positive relationships and a sense of community. Teachers value and encourage children's natural curiosity, and emphasize warm and caring relationships and help the children develop a sense of trust and self-confidence. Children are given opportunities to explore their interests individually and within small and large groups, both in the classroom and outdoors.
The ECCC provides a full day of child-centered experiences for children from infancy to 5 years of age. The teachers give children a sense of control over their day by planning predictable, yet flexible, daily routines that meet the needs of the children. Daily schedules include time for group activities, child-directed activities, outdoor play, self-help routines, meals and snacks, rest and relaxation.
Children are eligible for enrollment in the ECCC if they are 6 weeks through 5 years of age and have one parent who is a merit employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week with Fairfax County government. In two-parent households, the non-county employee must also be working or in school a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Whenever space is available, siblings of currently enrolled children are given priority for enrollment.
To enroll a child in the ECCC, complete and submit the online application found on the Fairfax County Infoweb. Confirmation will be sent regarding placement on the waiting list. When space becomes available, families will be notified and enrollment materials will be sent. Once an enrollment date is confirmed, families are encouraged to schedule as many visits as possible to the ECCC prior to the child’s start date.