Washington, DC Area Child Care, Schools, and Summer Camps


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The Department sponsors two on-site child care centers: Columbia Plaza or State Department Annex-1, across the street from the Harry S. Truman Building between 21st and 23rd Streets NW in Washington, DC, and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Child Care Center on-campus in Arlington, VA. Both centers provide excellent curriculum-based programs for infants through pre-school and the "Diplotots" Center, located at SA-1, also offers kindergarten.

  • 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.  
  • For more information about Columbia Plaza Diplotots, email diplotots@state.gov.

Other Childcare Resources


The Family Liaison Office provides the resource Assignment Washington: U.S. Public and Private Schools, which includes the Education Checklist for Returning to the United States.

District of Columbia




WorkLife4You (WLFY)

  • WorkLife4You (WL4Y) (formerly IQ: Information Quest) is a free 24-hour/ 7 days per week counseling, education and referral service that can help Department of State employees find the programs, providers, information, and resources they need to manage personal and professional responsibilities. Childcare options are covered.  WL4Y provides child care listings for Department of State employees and family members and verifies whether providers have openings. Go to www.worklife4you.com, call 800-222-0364 (TTC 800-262-7848), or e-mail specialist@lifecare.com. New users will need State Department log-on information, available from Human Resources, the Family Liaison Office, or the Overseas Briefing Center.