Childcare Assistance and Referral Program

Resources for residents that are in need of childcare assistance or other childcare resources.

Page updated on Jul 8, 2021 at 12:07 PM

Child Care Subsidy Program Expanded to Include those Job Searching and Families Earning 85% of Virginia Median Income
Temporary expansion for the Child Care Subsidy Program will help parents afford child care and find or maintain employment as Virginia takes steps toward recovery from the COVID-19 public health crisis. There are two categories of expanded eligibility: one based on job search and the other based on the income for parents of young children. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2021. Learn more and  apply online. See the DCHS Child Care Handout in English | Spanish | Amharic | Arabic

Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative
The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative (ECCC), which was formed to support essential workers who have exhausted all other non-group care options, now supports all families in need of child care and works to match them with open providers. Learn more about how to apply. Watch a video of the Virtual Child Care Open House, an August 19 online event hosted by ECCC and Smart Beginnings Alexandria that showcased 10 child care providers in Alexandria.

CommonHelp allows Virginia residents to apply online or by phone for child care assistance. Residents may also apply at CommonHelp for food stamps (SNAP), medical assistance such as FAMIS and Medicaid, utility bill assistance and cash assistance (TANF).

Child Care Assistance and Referral Program 
Families participating in the State Subsidy Program have a 12-month eligibility. During this period, if you find yourself without income. you can request that your child care co-payment be lowered. Call 703.746.5437 or email for more information and help. 

Parents looking for child care that is open during the pandemic can call 866-KIDS-TLC or email

The State of Child Care in Virginia During COVID-19
Childcare Aware of Virginia has provided an interactive childcare map that illustrates which programs are still operating. 

Child Care Providers for Essential Service Employees 
Smart Beginnings Alexandria has details about available child care providers for essential personnel in Virginia. 

Virtual PLUS+ School Day and After School Free Program for Eligible Families
ACPS has created Virtual Plus+, a free school day and after-school program to support parents/guardians who are essential workers for our most vulnerable K-5 students who attend Title I Schools. For children in grades K-5 who attend John Adams, Ferdinand T. Day, Cora Kelly, James K. Polk, Jefferson-Houston, Patrick Henry or William Ramsay school, complete a form to determine if they are eligible for the program. You will receive an acceptance letter and invitation to complete the program enrollment packet. ACPS also provides a list of other child care providers.