The Office for Children's Institute for Early Learning offers
classes for the child care community to help ensure child care that
is safe, healthy, and contributes to children's overall success. Our
classes also help meet the training requirements child care
professionals need to maintain their license or permit.
The Office for Children's Institute for Early Learning registration
process takes place six times per year (February, April, June,
August, October and December). Registration for professional
development classes for early childhood educators will be available
at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each registration month for
classes that begin the following two months. IFEL staff will be
available to respond to email and phone inquiries between 7:30 pm and
8:30 pm on the evening that registration begins every other
Read more about the registration
Family Child Care Providers
If you are a family child care provider, you can enroll in six IFEL
courses throughout the year and you can also enroll in six Child Care Business
If you work in a child care center or preschool, you can enroll in
six IFEL courses throughout the year. Up to five staff from
the same center or preschool may enroll in the same course or
If you have questions, you can contact the Institute for Early
Leaning in these ways:
Call 703-324-3044 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Visit 12011 Government Center
Parkway, Suite 920, Fairfax, VA 22035.
Generally, if Fairfax County Government or Fairfax County Public
Schools are closed, the Institute for Early Learning/Family Child
Care Business classes are cancelled. Occasionally, classes may have
to be cancelled due to circumstances that create unsafe conditions or
for other unforeseen reasons.
When classes have to be cancelled, attempts are made to reschedule
sessions, however, rescheduling is not always possible due to
instructor schedules or the availability of the facility where the
class is to be held.
When classes are cancelled, notification is provided in several
An email cancellation notice is sent to everyone enrolled in the
class who has an email address in the IFEL training database. When
email cancellation notices are sent, please respond to the email by
clicking "reply" and sending a short response letting IFEL
know that you received the message and are aware of the
For those who do not have an email address in the training database
and/or those who do not reply to the email notification, class
participants will be called. If someone does not answer the phone,
a voice mail message will be left with details about the class
The greeting on the Institute for Early Learning information line
(703-324-3044) is updated whenever a class is cancelled or
rescheduled. Please listen to the entire message on this line if
you call the office and no one is there to answer your call.
If you have any questions about the cancellation or rescheduling of
a course, please send an email or call
the Institute for Early Learning information line at 703-324-3044.
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