Choosing a Family Child Care Provider
The decision to leave your child in someone else's care while you are at work or school is one of the most important decisions you can make. Parents want a safe, nurturing and educational environment where young children can learn, play and grow.
While there are a variety of child care options available, many families in Fairfax County choose family child care providers who care for young children in their homes.
It is very important to select a family child care provider who has either a current Fairfax County permit or a Virginia state license to operate a home-based child care program. When you choose a regulated family child care provider, you are selecting an early childhood professional who:
a. Receives regular health and safety inspections.
b. Has current first aid/CPR certification.
c. Has had tuberculosis screening and background checks, for all residents 18 or older. (Search of the state Central Registry Search for any Child Protective Services finding is conducted for all residents 14 or older).
d. Is required to participate in ongoing professional development.