Important

  • Child care, preschool, and summer camp options have become important considerations for many Foreign and Civil Service families. Check out resources for child care and preschools as well as summer camp options below.

  • Disclaimer: The Family Liaison Office (FLO) resources do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any particular organizations by FLO or the Department of State.

Child Care and Preschool

Child Care Resources in the Washington, DC Area
  • WorkLife4You – The Department of State’s information, resource, and referral service for dependent care, personal health and well-being. 866-552-4748 or 800-873-1322. For login information, email FLOAskEducation@state.gov. Services provided are for State Department employees and family members only. Overview of Emergency Backup Care and WorkLife4You – When child care plans fall through, try WorkLife4You’s Emergency Backup Care program. This service helps secure – and pay for – backup care when regular care plans are disrupted. Those posted overseas can use the backup care program for family members that are with them at post. It will reimburse the cost of care (up to $100) if friends, family members, or a child care center is used.
  • Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Child Care Center  – Located on the FSI campus in Arlington, VA and provides an excellent curriculum-based program for infants through pre-school. For more information about the FSI Childcare Center, Contact the Overseas Briefing Center. The Overseas Briefing Center also offers a listing of childcare centers near FSI for Foreign Service families studying at FSI.
  • Diplotots – Located at Columbia Plaza near the Harry S Truman building (Main State) and offers day care for children ages six weeks through kindergarten. Contact diplotots@state.gov or 202-663-3555
  • Diplotots, Too – The State Department’s child development center located in the SA-17 building at the corner of 19 and F Streets NW. It offers children both interior and exterior play space as well as fun and educational classroom environments. Ages 6 weeks through kindergarten. Contact diplototstoo@state.gov or 202-485-6005 / 202-485-6004
  • Foreign Service Institute Transition Center  – Maintains a list of child care facilities and pre-schools near the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Contact fsiobcinfocenter@state.gov to request a current list.
  • Our Kids.org – Links to child care information for Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia
  • Care.com – Helps families find child care, senior care, special needs care, tutoring and pet care
Preschool Resources in the Washington, DC Area
Child Care at Post
  • Overseas Child Care Report – The availability of child care centers overseas varies greatly, as does the quality and cost of caregivers in the home. The Community Liaison Office Coordinator provides an updated Overseas Child Care Report annually. These reports are viewable via intranet. Contact the FLO Education Team or the CLO for a copy of reports.
  • Office of Overseas Schools – The Office of Overseas Schools provides a list of at-post schools which may have Pre-K programs available. Contact overseasschools@state.gov

Summer Camp Resources

General Resources
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Summer Programs at Boarding Schools

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