DC Child Care Connections recognizes that its efforts on behalf of children and families are enhanced by its collaborations and partnerships with others who share the same commitment. As a result, DC Child Care Connections collaborates with an array of community organizations and government agencies on District-wide initiatives.

  • Department of Human Services
    DHS manages the subsidized child care program. The subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The child care subsidy is based on an assessment of need, income and family size.Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that helps needy families work towards self-sufficiency by providing assistance to the family so that the children can be cared for in their own homes. TANF helps families by providing financial assistance, promoting job preparation and work skills.
  • DC Child and Family Services Agency
    CFSA is the public child welfare agency in the District of Columbia responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect and assisting their families.
  • Department of Health (DOH)
    • WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a program that provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age 5.
    • Help Me Grow is a system model that works to promote cross-sector collaboration to build efficient and effective early childhood systems. leverages existing resources, maximizes existing opportunities, and advances a coalition working collaboratively toward a shared agenda.
    • DC Healthy Start a free program for pregnant women, parenting mothers (infants up to 2 years of age), females of childbearing age and fathers (infants up to the age of 1 year) in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8. Their goal is to improve birth outcomes and the health and development of infants into early childhood.
  • Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program
    Strong Start DC Early Intervention is a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary system that provides early intervention therapeutic and other services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.
  • Department of Behavioral Health
    DBH provides prevention, intervention and treatment services and supports for children, youth and adults with mental and/or substance use disorders including emergency psychiatric care and community-based outpatient and residential services.
  • The Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Project,  known as the Healthy Futures Program, operates in 24 child development centers located throughout the District.
  • District of Columbia Public Schools Early Stages
    DCPS Early Stages is an assessment center for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months. They help identify any developmentally delays that your child may have and arrange services to address them.
  • Connect DC
    Connect.DC works to bridge this digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents.
  • GAP Community Child Care Center
    GAP Community Child Care Center provides a warm, loving, and educational child development experience for children age 6 weeks through 4 years. Our multi-cultural programs celebrate our diverse community of children and teachers while providing developmentally appropriate experiences that enhance each child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. The GAP Community Child Care Center offer space to Child Care Connections to operate the North West Service Center Parents, families and Teachers are encouraged to visit.
  • National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)
    NBCDI supports the District of Columbia efforts to provide increasing numbers of low-income children with access to quality early education and care; efforts to create a strong and supported early childhood workforce; and efforts to promote developmentally and culturally-appropriate standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment that are aligned within and across the early childhood to early grades continuum.
  • DC Public Library
    The library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to the DC community for reference or borrowing. The Sing, Talk and Read Public Library program is for parents, caregivers, librarians, teachers and anyone who is interested in helping children from newborn to 5 years old get ready to learn to read.