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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.

Child Care and Preschool

Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

The Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP), established in 2001, authorizes the use of appropriated funds by executive agencies to provide a child care subsidy for federal civilian employees assigned domestically. GTM/ER manages the program and as of November 1, 2021, the eligible employee’s Total Family Income (TFI) threshold to qualify will increase from $120,000 to $170,000. The plan will pay up to $416 per month of the participant’s eligible child care expenses, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year. Employees who think they may qualify for this program should review the eligibility requirements, how to apply, and contact details for the Child Care Subsidy Program here. For program questions, email

Child Care Resources in the Washington, DC Area
  • WorkLife4You is the Department of State’s 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their family members. Services include expert guidance from WorkLife specialists, personalized referrals to helpful resources nationwide and online tools to help manage daily responsibilities and life events.  For login information, email Services provided are for State Department employees and family members only.
  • 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 Child Care Center, Contact the Overseas Briefing Center. The Overseas Briefing Center also offers a listing of child care centers near FSI for Foreign Service families studying at FSI.
  • Diplotots One (D1) – The State Department’s child development centers offering day care for children ages six weeks through kindergarten. For information on Diplotots One located at Columbia Plaza (SA1) near the Harry S Truman Building (Main State), contact or 202-663-3555.
    • New electronic waitlist: As of March 1, 2021, Diplotots One located at SA-1 is using Waitlist Plus to administer waitlists for enrollment at the Centers. Waitlist Plus is an electronic waitlist that allows each family to be added to Diplotots One. There is a one-time waitlist fee of $25 per child. Families previously on waitlists have been automatically migrated to the new system and do not have to pay a new fee. Children on the waitlist will automatically move to each classroom waitlist as they become eligible for the next age group. Please note that waitlist rankings are constantly changing as families leave or join the waitlist. Siblings of children currently enrolled in Diplotots One are given preference for enrollment. Parents wishing to enroll children on the waitlist at Diplotots One may begin the sign-up process. Diplotots child care offers tuition assistance for families that qualify. If the waitlist application fee is cost-prohibitive, please contact the Diplotots Board at Please contact with any questions regarding the waitlist.
  • Foreign Service Institute Transition Center – Maintains a list of child care facilities and pre-schools near the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Contact to request a current list.
  • Our Kids – Links to child care information for Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia
  • – 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 GCLO 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

Summer Camp Resources

General Resources
Washington, DC
Summer Programs at Boarding Schools


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