The HHS/ED Children's Center is a not-for-profit child development center sponsored by the Departments of Education and Health & Human Services with oversight and support from the General Services Administration, and is overseen by an elected Board of Directors. Established in 1974, the center offers a whole-child approach to early education, emphasizing play, learning, the arts, and a nurturing environment.
Since September of 2017, daily operations of the center are managed by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, a not-for-profit provider of early childhood education and development services that also operates a center at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The center is licensed by the District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Open weekdays from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM, the center accepts children from six weeks of age through the pre-kindergarten years. As of the September 8th reopening, the hours are 8:00am until 5:30pm.
Much more than just daycare, our program features the following:
loving, well-trained teachers with continuing education in the field of early childhood development;
a quality curriculum based on developmentally-appropriate practices and geared toward the whole child;
a beautiful, recently-renovated facility located a federal building, with an outdoor playground on federal property;
catered lunches, and morning and afternoon snacks;