Main content
City of Alexandria Homepage
Thursday, November 27  •  44°Mostly Cloudy Air Quality: Yellow
CloseWeather Forecast
Today: High 43° Low 29°
Partly CloudyAir Quality: Yellow
Fri: High 39° Low 30°
Mostly SunnyAir Quality: Yellow
Sat: High 49° Low 38°
Partly CloudyAir Quality: Yellow
Sun: High 60° Low 47°
Mostly SunnyAir Quality: Yellow
Mon: High 64° Low 34°
PM Showers
Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule of Services -- Updated 11/25/2014 10:55:23 AM
All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Residential trash and recycling will be collected on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, beginning at 6 a.m.
City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Community & Human Services
Share Share RSS RSS Print Print Text Size Text Size NormalText Size LargeText Size Extra Large
Page updated Oct 16, 2012 4:54 PM

No Comments Posted Yet

Information on Becoming a Child Care Provider

Child Care Provider Training imageStandards for Family Child Care Homes

In the City of Alexandria, all persons providing child care for pay in their homes for one through five children, including the provider's own or resident children under the age of 14, are required to be registered with the City.

Providers who care who care for more than five children including their own or resident children under age 14 must have a Special Use Permit from the City. Information on the Special Use Permit is available through the Alexandria Planning and Zoning Office at 703.746.4666. 

Providers who care for more than six unrelated children are required to be licensed by the state. Contact the Northern Region Licensing Office at 703.934.1505 or visit the State website for more information. 

All persons providing child care within the City of Alexandria must  be registered with the Early Childhood Division or licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Registration requirements include training, shown below.

The City requires attendance at an orientation session for all individuals interested in registering as child care providers.
Call 703.746.KIDS (5437) to attend.

City Child Care Provider Registration Requirements

  • Attend orientation (required of all participants). Call 703.746.5437(KIDS) to attend. 
  • Completed application.
  • Payment of $5 registration fee.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR (see information below).
  • Child Protective Services background check on everyone 14 years of age and older living in the provider's home.
  • LiveScan (FBI) criminal background check on everyone 18 years of age and older living in the provider's home (cost is $37 per person).
  • Fire and Safety Inspection of the provider's home, conducted by the City's Building & Fire Code Administration (fee is $35).
  • Results of tuberculosis (TB) test for everyone 18 years of age and older living in the provider's home, obtainable from a priviate physician or through the Health Department for a fee.  Call 703.746.4960 for fee information and to schedule an appointment.
  • Successful completion of the 6-hour New Provder Training (see information below) and initial home visit.


The professional development model created by the Early Childhood Division (ECD)  offers several training options:

  • First Aid and CPR Training: This training is offered on a monthly basis for applicants and registered providers.
  • Six Hour New Provider Training: This required course is offered four times a year.  An applicant must complete all six hours to become a registered provider. The course covers the city's child care policies and regulations as well as the fundamentals of health and safety for family child care homes. 
  • Twelve-week Training Course: Includes forty-two hours on family child care and three hours on business practices.  This course is open to all registered providers who wish to increase their knowledge of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, nutrition, health and safety, child care environments, temperament,  guiding behavior and discipline, as well as good business practices. The course is taught by ECD staff at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College twice a year.  Students who successfully complete this course may become agency approved, are eligible for fee system payments though the ECD and are listed on the department's website on the Approved Child Care Provider List.
  • Continuation of Professional Development for Academic Credit:   Family Child Care Providers may apply for state scholarships if they wish to take courses at local colleges and universities.  To obtain a scholarship application, interested providers may call the Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program at 1.866.636.1608 or 804. 225.3110 or send an email to  For further information, please visit Virginia DSS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development.

Monthly workshops:   The ECD offers two workshops a month on topics related to child development and early care and education.  Two hours of training credit are given for each workshop to assist family child care providers and grandparents in meeting their yearly training requirement.  The workshops are held at the Department of Human Services or a local library. 

Mentoring:  Individual mentoring is available to a limited number of providers to support them in applying the strategies they are learning in class to their own child care programs.

Special Credentials

There are credentials and certifications that are not required either by the City or by State licensing. However, parents should ask about them when interviewing a provider.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified caregivers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. For more information, click here.

The Medication Administration Training (MAT) provides instruction in the administration of medications for staff in community settings such as child care centers and family child care homes. Caregivers who do not have a medical license such as doctors, nurses or emergency medical personnel must be trained to properly administer medications to children who receive services in these settings. The training is voluntary for family child care providers but is necessary if they plan to administer medications.







 Customer Call Center 

Intake for Mental Health,
Intellectual Disability & Substance Abuse Services

In Crisis? Call us now.
24 hours a day:

Emergency Mental Health Services

Detox/Substance Abuse Services

Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence

Child Protective Services
or State

Adult Protective Services