Child Care Programs in Fairfax County

Help for New Residents Searching for Child Care

Based on Census figures, about 75,000 people will move into Fairfax County this year – including about 5,000 young children. More newcomers will move into the county during the summer than at any other time of the year. Families who are new to the community can call the Fairfax County Office for Children for help with finding child care: 703-449-8484.

Families can also search for child care on the Office for Children’s website, which has a database of more than 500 Fairfax County child care centers and more than 2,300 family child care providers who have a state license or a county permit to care for children in their homes.

"Our online database lists a variety of important details about the care offered by each child care program, such as the ages of the children served; which schools are located nearby; what accommodations are available for children with special needs; and whether the home or facility is near public transportation," explains Office for Children Director Anne-Marie Twohie.

"Child care" is one of the most-searched terms on Fairfax County government’s website. On the Office for Children’s website, there are typically more than 2,000 searches for child care each month. Last August – not only a summer month when lots of new people move into the county, but also the month when more babies are born in Fairfax County than any other month of the year – there were more than 2,370 searches for child care on the Office for Children’s website.

"Our website helps parents know what to look for when they're deciding on child care programs for their children," Twohie says.

For help with finding child care programs with current permits or licenses, call the Office for Children at 703-449-8484, or check the website.



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