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Local Resources

City of Alexandria, Virginia: Center for Children and Families
The Center for Children and Families provides programs and services for Early Childhood and Youth Development, Child Welfare and Child Protective Services, as well as Behavioral Health for Children & Families, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Refer to the section on Early Childhood Division for more detailed information.

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Arlington County Virginia Child and Family Services
The Child Care Licensing Office is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and well-being of children who attend license child care programs in Arlington County. Under Parent and Family Resources, you can find information on finding a licensed child care provider in Arlington County, and a variety of resources for parents on finding a quality program.

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Fairfax County Virginia Office of Children
The Fairfax County Office for Children advances the care, education and healthy development of children from birth through elementary school. Office for Children programs includes Child Care Assistance and Referral (CCAR). It provides financial assistance for child care to Fairfax County families with low to moderate incomes who are working or are in education or training programs. CCAR also offers information about Fairfax County child care providers and centers, tips for choosing quality child care, and assistance with identifying child care options.

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Statewide Virginia and District of Columbia Resources

Virginia Department of Social Services, Child Care Assistance
The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to help pay for the cost of child care so they can work or attend education or training programs.

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Virginia Office of Early Childhood Virginia
The Office of Early Childhood, Virginia Department of Social Services, includes an online directory of licensed day child care providers and preschools.

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Child Care Aware of Virginia
Child Care Aware of Virginia is a community-based network of early care and education specialists. Its  purpose is to deliver services to families, child care professionals and communities to increase the accessibility, availability, and quality of child care in Virginia. Under parents/families section, you can find additional information on how to locate quality child care and child care assistance.

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Voices for Virginia’s Children
Voices for Virginia’s Children  is the Commonwealth’s only independent, multi-issue child policy and advocacy organization. They are home to the Kids Count Data Center for Virginia, tracking more than 100 indicators of child well-being in each locality over time.

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Washington DC Department of Human Services, Child Care Services
The Child Care Subsidy Program (Child Care Voucher Program) helps eligible families who live in the District of Columbia pay for child care services. The subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The child care subsidy is based on an assessment of need, income and family size.

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National Resources

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8. Accreditation systems are major part of NAEYC' has national standards and accreditation systems to recognize quality programs. NAYEC also has a variety of resources on early education topics.

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Zero to Three
Zero To Three is a national, nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. Under Early Care and Education, you can find more information and resources on child care; family, friend, and neighbor care; and school readiness.

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