Welcome to My Child Care DC. Below, you can search for child care facilities in the District of Columbia. Start by entering a facility’s name, an address, or a zip code and clicking the magnifying glass icon. Or, you can click on the button for “Search All Facilities” to see a full list. You may filter your choices further on the Search Results page.
Currently, the District of Columbia has transitioned from Going for the Gold Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), to a redesigned QRIS system, called Capital Quality. Capital Quality is not just a new name, it includes more robust information about the quality of the early care and education settings. These changes will allow parents to review and compare the quality of various child development programs throughout the District, and make informed decisions when deciding where to enroll their child. Please see the Capital Quality page on OSSE’s website for more information about Capital Quality.
The District of Columbia has a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that helps to guide parents and caregivers as they select a child care facility. The District’s current system called Going for the Gold, has three ratings: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The quality ratings are required for providers that accept child care vouchers, and are voluntary for other providers.
Gold: Currently accredited by a national accreditation institution recognized by OSSE
Silver: In the process of being accredited by a national accreditation institution recognized by OSSE
Accepts Vouchers: A Child Development Facility that has been approved by OSSE to accept child care reimbursement vouchers from eligible parents/guardians.
CACFP Participation: A Child Development Facility that participates in the meal cost reimbursement program authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture and approved by OSSE’s Nutrition Program.
Montessori: A system for teaching young children, in which the fundamental aim is self-motivated education by the children themselves, as they are encouraged to move freely through individualized instruction and physical exercises, accompanied by special emphasis on the training of the senses and the early development of reading and writing skills
Nontraditional: Child care services that are provided after 6pm and before 7am; child care services that are provided on Saturday, Sunday and District of Columbia holidays.
Pre-K Enhancement: The Pre-K Enhancement Program is a Head Start or early childhood education program operated by a non-profit, for-profit, or faith-based organization, or organization that participates in local or federally-funded early childhood programs, including the subsidized child care program. The program establishes pre-kindergarten (pre-K) classrooms that provide high-quality early educational services to the children of the District of Columbia.
AIMS: Association of independent schools that are either accredited or on a path to become accredited. Website
AMI: Association Montessori International. Website