• School and Childcare Information

    Arlington County Virginia

  • DAYCARE CHILDCARE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

    Arlington Children's Center

    1915 N. Uhle St. 22201

    (Corner of Lee Hwy & N. Uhle St.)

    703-528-5588

    63 children, ages 8 wks.-5 yrs. For-profit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Ballston Children's Center

    3850 Wilson Blvd. 22203

    703-527-7200

    123 children, ages 2 -5. For-profit.

    7:00AM - 6:00PM

    Children’s House Montessori

    2425 N. Glebe Road. 22207

    Denise Touma, Director

    703-276-1360

    Children, ages 2½ -6. Nonprofit. Summer Camp.

    7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Blue Bird Day School

    2401 - 9th St. N. 22201

    Susan Pnevmatikatos, Owner/Administrator. 703-525-7117

    48 children, ages 2-6. For-profit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Busy Bee Child Care Center

    913 - 23rd St. S. 22202

    703-920-8633

    30 children, ages 2-5. For-profit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Child Enrichment Center

    917 S. Wakefield St. 22204

    Tamila Mostamandy, Director

    703- 920-1049

    96 children, ages 2½-5. Nonprofit.

    7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Children’s House Montessori

    2425 N. Glebe Road. 22207

    Denise Touma, Director

    703-276-1360

    Children, ages 2½ -6. Nonprofit. Summer Camp.

    7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Children's International

    4347 Arlington Blvd. 22203

    Beatrice Tierney, Director

    703-525-0555, 703-525-0593

    64 children, ages 2-5. Nonprofit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    The Children's School, Inc.

    1644 N. McKinley Rd. 22205

    Naseera Maqsood, Director

    703-532-8232

    175 children, ages 2 mos.-6 yrs.

    Nonprofit. Parent Cooperative.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    The Clarendon Child Care Center

    1305 N. Jackson St. 22201

    Peggy Woods, Director

    703-528-1361

    34 children, ages 2½-6.

    Nonprofit. Parent Cooperative.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Crystal City Children's Center

    1900 S. Eads St. 22202

    Ann Dix, Director

    703-979-2770

    87 children, ages 3 mos.-6 yrs.

    Nonprofit. Parent Cooperative.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Crystal City Children's Center

    1900 S. Eads St. 22202

    Ann Dix, Director

    703-979-2770

    87 children, ages 3 mos.-6 yrs.

    Nonprofit. Parent Cooperative.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Embassy School

    1701 N. Bryan St. 22201

    Denice Cobham Director

    703- 525-2144

    50 children, ages 2-8. For-profit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    First Baptist Church of Clarendon

    Child Development Center

    1210 N. Highland St. 22201

    703-522-6477

    185 children, ages 3 mos.-6 yrs; Summer Program, ages 6-10.

    Nonprofit. Church-Related.

    First Baptist Church of Clarendon

    Child Development Center

    1210 N. Highland St. 22201

    703-522-6477. 185 children, ages 3 mos.-6 yrs; Summer Program, ages 6-10.

    Nonprofit. Church-Related.

    6:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Little Beginnings Child Development Center

    606 N. Irving St. 22201

    Catherine Lethbridge, Director

    703-527-9270

    72 children, ages 3 mos.- 5 yrs.

    Independent. Non-denominational. Nonprofit. Parent Cooperative.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    NOVA Child Development Center

    (Children's Discovery Center)

    1227 N. Ivy St. 22201

    Iris Leguizamo, Director. 703-527-2288. 94 children, ages 3 mos.-12 yrs.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    NOVA Child Development Center

    Queen of Peace Early Learning Center

    2700 - 19th St. S. 22204

    Floretta T. Ramsuer, Director. 703-271-0692. 100 children, ages 2-6. Nonprofit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    NOVA Child Development Center

    The Rosslyn Children's Center

    1401 Wilson Blvd. 22209

    Ellen Zehl, Administrator. Andrea Dykman, Director. 703-524-0202. 140 children, ages 8 wks-6 yrs.

    Nonprofit.

    7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    NOVA Child Development Center

    (Children's Discovery Center)

    1227 N. Ivy St. 22201

    Iris Leguizamo, Director.

    703-527-2288

    94 children, ages 3 mos.-12 yrs.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    The School of Children

    2706 - 24th Rd. S. 22206

    Rose Key, Administrator

    703-486-0880

    46 children, ages 2-8. For-profit.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Trinity Episcopal Children's Center

    2217 Columbia Pike 22204

    Susan Thomas, Director.

    703-920-8695

    75 children, ages 2-5. Nonprofit. Church Outreach Program.

    7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m

  • How to recognize the quality program

  • What Is Quality Childcare?


    Finding quality childcare is not an easy task for parents. The quality of child care varies greatly, and the price is not always an indicator of good child care. This site will guide you on what things you should look for, and on the questions, you should ask when searching for a child care provider for your child.


    Choosing quality child care for your child involves being observant and asking plenty of questions. A child care checklist is provided to help you choose quality child care. A good child care center should have a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment.


    Look

    • Is the provider's license posted or available?
    • Does the environment appear clean and safe for children?
    • Is the interaction between child and caregiver one of mutual respect and enjoyable for all?
    • Does the caregiver get down to the children's eye level when talking?
    • Does the caregiver sit with the children, rather than far away from them?
    • Is there sufficient equipment for all children to play with?
    • Is there sufficient staff for the number of children being cared for?
    • Are children kept busy with funand developmentally appropriate activities?
    • Are there smoke alarms and an emergency disaster plan posted?

     

    Approach With Caution If:

    • Parents are limited to visiting hours and are not encouraged to drop in unannounced.
    • Caregivers are unwilling or unable to tell you about your child's day.

    • The caregivers do not act as if they enjoy their work.
    • Health and safety concerns are not attended to, for example, handsare not washed after diapering and before the meal times.
    • License is expired.
    • References from current consumers are not available.

     

    Listen

    • Do the children sound happy and involved?
    • Is the sound level appropriate? Is it either too quiet or too chaotic?
    • Does the caregiver listen closely to each child and use positive language when
    speaking with the children?

     

    Ask

    • If no license is posted, ask if they have a license.
    • What training and experience does the caregiver have?
    • Does the training include first aid and CPR?
    • How does the caregiver deal with behavior?
    • Will they provide you with a list of parents that you can contact for references?
    • Are you welcome to drop in unannounced?
    • On what dates is the site closed i.e., for holidays?
    • Does the caregiver offer alternative care for times when the program is closed?
    • Do children go on field trips? If so, who drives and what vehicles are used?
    • How much, if any, time do children spend watching television or videos?
    • What happens in case of a medical emergency with your child?
    • How does the caregiver handle prescribed medicine for children?