The DC Area’s Best Childcare Providers


One of the first decisions many parents make (sometimes even before their child is born!) is where they’ll send their little ones to daycare. There are so many things to consider – proximity to work and home, waitlist time, tuition and fees…

Whether you’re just starting your search or in deep and overwhelmed by the choices, we’re here to help. We polled our readers and did our own research to find the very best childcare options in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

If you have others to add, please let us know in the comments!

Primrose School of Arlington

90% of brain development occurs by your child’s 5th birthday. Maximize potential with our Balanced Learning® approach. We are a private, accredited school offering education from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Now enrolling for the Fall 2023 school year.

Learn more about the benefits of the Primrose curriculum by visiting our website and scheduling a tour, or email [email protected] for more information.

Ages: 0 – 5

Operating Hours: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Student to Teacher Ratio: 4:1 ; 6:1 ; 10:1 depending on age group

2107 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201


Two Birds

Two Birds is a Reggio-inspired school for infants through pre-k. Our all inclusive and holistic approach to education supports the entire family through our spaces, services and community. In addition to full time weekday care, families have complimentary access to weekend programming and on-site coworking space.

At Two Birds, children explore and research the world around them while learning through interactions with teachers, classmates, and open-ended materials. Family engagement is highlighted through technology that enhances classroom documentation and through opportunities to experience children’s work during exhibitions and family events. Two Birds has locations in Tenleytown, West End, and Old Town.

Ages: Infants – Pre-K

Operating Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:45 PM

Student to Teacher Ratio: Two Birds is staffed above the required ratio for each age group

2300 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037


Broadcasters Child Development Center

Broadcasters Child Development Center is a private, non-profit center located in Tenleytown, DC.

We provide a warm and supportive environment to help children grow and develop at their own pace. We value learning through play and our experienced staff plan opportunities that touch all curriculum areas.

BCDC is a welcoming community and family engagement and community building are keys to our success over the past 43 years. Our program operates year round from 8 am – 6 pm. Please join us for a tour!

Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Student to Teacher Ratio: 1:4 (Infants & Toddlers), 1:5 (2 1/2 – 3 1/2 yrs), 1:6 (3 1/5 – 5 yrs)

4200 Wisconsin Ave NW
Suite LL-01
Washington, DC 20016


Additional Excellent Childcare Providers in the DC Area

ABC Child Development Center, Inc. | Petworth

Bambini Play & Learn | Federal Triangle

Blandi’s Child Education Center | Brightwood Park

Bright Start Early Care & Preschool | 16th Street Heights

Broadcaster’s Child Development Center | Chevy Chase

Capital Kids DC | West End

CentroNia | Many locations

Creative Minds Childcare  | Columbia Heights

Embassy Row Child Development Center | Cathedral Heights

Estrellitas Montessori School | 16th Street Heights

Everbrook Academy | Foggy Bottom & Dupont

Franklin Montessori | Cleveland Park

Ideal Care Child Development Center | Petworth

Kiddie Academy | West End

Kids’ Corner Day Care Center, Inc. | Kalorama

Kindercare | Many Locations

La Petite Academy | Pleasant Plains

Logan-Shaw Child Care | Shaw

MESAC Child Development Center | Columbia Heights & Cardozo

Milestones Enrichment Center | Chinatown

National Presbyterian Child Care Center | AU Park

Peaceful Play Center | Brightwood Park

Primrose Schools | The Parks

Semillitas Early Learning Center | Cardozo

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) | Federal Triangle

Soles Montessori | 16th Street Heights

St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center | Cathedral Heights

Tiny Findings | Penn Quarter

Two Birds | Tenleytown & West End

YMCA Early Learning | Cardozo, Foggy Bottom

Carmen’s Pride and Joy | Kingman Park

Community Educational Research Group | Lower Central & Deanwood

Educare DC | Mayfair

New Life Early Learning Centers | NoMA

Nido Nurturing Center | Brookland

Petite Scholars | Brookland & Bloomingdale

American Day School | Alexandria

Arlington Children’s Center | Arlington

Arlington Early Learning Center | Arlington

Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool (AUCP) | Arlington

Bright Horizons | Alexandria

Bright Horizons Skyline | Falls Church

C Care Preschool | Arlington

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool | Alexandria

Childtime | Many Locations

Congressional School | Falls Church

Country Woodland School | Springfield

Creative World Learning Centre | Alexandria & Annandale

Crystal City Children’s Center | Arlington

Discovery Time Learning Center | Alexandria

Everbrook Academy | Crystal City

First Baptist Church of Clarendon Child Development Center | Arlington

First Steps Academy | McLean

Flagstone School | Alexandria

Great Beginnings Early Learning Center | Alexandria

Hamdi’s Childcare | Lorton

Hopkins House | Alexandria

iSprout STEAM Academy | Arlington

Kiddie Academy | Alexandria

KinderCare | Many Locations

La Petite Academy | Many Locations

Little Wonders Playschool | Alexandria

Madison Day School | Alexandria

Nest Academy | Alexandria, Del Ray, Lorton

Primrose Schools | Many Locations

Rosslyn Children’s Center | Arlington

Springfield Academy | Alexandria, North Springfield

St. Anthony’s Day School | Alexandria

The Vine Preschool | Alexandria

Two Birds | Alexandria

UCM Early Learning Center | Alexandria

YMCA Early Learning | Alexandria & Reston

Children’s Manor Montessori School | MD – Rockville

Estrellitas Montessori School | NW DC – 16th Street Heights

Franklin Montessori | NW DC – Cleveland Park

Green Valley Montessori | MD – Clarksburg

Soles Montessori | NW DC – 16th Street Heights

The Britleys for Toddlers | SW DC – Waterfront

Bambini Play & Learn | NW DC – Federal Triangle

Bethesda Reggio | MD – Bethesda

CentroNia | NW DC – Many locations, MD – Takoma Park

Creative Explorers Child Care Center | MD – Gaithersburg

Estrellitas Montessori School | NW DC – 16th Street Heights

Kids’ Corner Day Care Center, Inc. | NW DC – Kalorama

Peaceful Play Center | NW DC – Brightwood Park

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