Finding a day care center to help take care of your child while you are at work is a tough and time-consuming decision. To help find a great place to enroll your child, and reduce the stress and headache involved with making such a decision, check out this list of the best day care centers in the DC area.

Commerce Kids
Department of Commerce Building
15th and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-1587

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Commerce Kids offers a comprehensive child care program that helps foster the development of a child’s social, physical and intellectual skills. Programs offered at the center include age-appropriate gymnastics and weekly music and movement classes. Children also participate in regular trips to museums, art galleries, parks, libraries and monuments throughout the city. Commerce Kids also integrates Character Counts!, a program that teaches the importance of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness and caring, into its curriculum. Snacks and lunch are provided. The independent, non-profit child care center accepts children ages three months to five years.

US Kids
1425 New York Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 233-4623

US Kids offers a variety of activities and programs to help develop your child’s language, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills and self-esteem via the Pinnacle curriculum, a program developed by early childhood experts. Accredited by the NAEYC, US Kids provides morning and afternoon snacks as well as a hot lunch daily and honors a no-nuts policy, meaning nuts or peanut butter are not allowed on the premises. The center also does not serve foods that may pose a choking hazard including pretzels, hot dogs and popcorn. US Kids is open to children ages three months to five years. Priority is given to parents who work for various government agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Executive Office of the President.

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1420 Columbia Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-4200

Multi-lingual families may consider enrolling their little one in CentroNia, a nationally recognized multicultural child care and learning facility that caters to children from birth to teens. The early childhood program features activities and programs that help your child learn more about the world around them through music, art, movement, technology and other interactive experiences as well as prepares them for school all while working in a dual-language environment. CentroNia also offers family literacy programs, a variety of activities including poetry, drama, music, dance, chess and photography for older children and youth leadership opportunities for middle school and high school students.

Exploring Learning and Fun (E.L.F.) Daycare
4180 Whitlow Place
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 899-4993

E.L.F. Daycare offers a loving and intimate preschool-like environment with attentive caretakers and plenty of opportunities for your child to develop and grow creatively, intellectually and emotionally. Accredited by the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), children enrolled at the center learn through playtime, observation and interaction with others as well as through a variety of curriculum programs targeted to your child’s age. Children also participate in plenty of hands-on activities including cooking classes and art. E.L.F Daycare accepts children from eight weeks to five years old. The day care center also offers Parents Night Out on the first Friday of the month.

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The Children in the Shoe
1375 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 841-7708

Family-owned for 35 years, the Children in the Shoe day care center offers play-based programs that help develop creativity, cooperation and social development skills in children. Through the use of age-appropriate materials and activities, children at the day care center learn language, math, art and music skills as well as verbal interaction, conflict resolution and the importance of empathy. In addition, The Children in the Shoe thrives to maintain strong communication with parents, listen to their ideas and address their concerns. Infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten students may enroll at the center. Snacks and drinks are provided.

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