Families interested in learning more about the Center are encouraged to contact our staff to arrange a tour. Due to our location within a Federal building, we ask that all interested families call to center in advance, so we can clear you with security and arrange for appropriate staff to be on-hand to devote to the tour and any questions you might have.
Tuition at the Center is charged on twice-monthly basis by bank draft or credit card. The tuition rates for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:
Younger Infants - $875.50
Older Infants - $875.50
Younger Toddlers - $875.50
Older Toddlers - $762
Preschool I - $684.50
Preschool II - $684.50
A registration fee of $100 per child or $150 per family is due upon enrollment, and an activity fee of $20 for infants, $30 for toddlers, and $40 for preschoolers is due annually in September. During the Pandemic, there is also a onetime $150 PPE fee.
Multi-Child Discount: The Center offers a discount for additional children equal to 10% off of the lesser of the additional tuition rates.
Tuition Assistance and Subsidies: The HHS/ED Children's Center participates in the DC Child Care and Development Fund subsidy program, providing assistance to qualified families who live in the District of Columbia. The number of available slots for subsidized families is limited, however, so a child's position on the waiting list may be affected by this. Families are encouraged to contact the Center to receive information more specific to their children's situation.
Families can place a child on the HHS/ED Children’s Center waiting list as soon as they are expecting; a due date within the next nine months is required, and we ask that you call the center after your child is born to provide us with a name, date of birth, and any change in the desired enrollment date. There is a $50 fee to be placed on the waiting list for the HHS/ED Children’s Center.
All applications to the HHS/ED Children’s Center waiting list will be considered based on four specific pieces of information:
whether the applicant has any siblings currently enrolled at the center;
what the agency affiliation is of the applicant’s parents (ED, HHS, other federal employee, federal contractor, or general public);
the desired date of enrollment and the age of the applicant at the ultimate date of enrollment;
the application submission date.
These pieces of information place applications into one of the waiting list priority categories utilized by the center, and into an order within each category. The priority categories are:
siblings of the children of employees of ED and HHS who are currently enrolled in the center;
children of employees of ED and HHS;
siblings of the children of employees of other federal agencies and departments who are currently enrolled in the center, and children of center staff members;
children of employees of other federal agencies and departments;
siblings of children that are currently enrolled in the center from the general public, including federal contractors;
children of families of federal contractors;
children of families from the general public.
Finally, the agency with fewer children in the center at the time of the vacancy is given priority over the agency with more children in the center. This means that when ordering applications within the ED and HHS priority categories, any applications from the less-represented agency will come before the applications from the more-represented agency. The wait for a spot in the center varies by age, time of year, and a child's priority for enrollment. Our staff can tell you at any point in time roughly where your child is on the waiting list, and often can tell you how many openings can be expected in a given period of time. Families are encouraged to check in with the center as often as they wish to determine their placement on the waiting list.