Every child is unique and grows at his or her own pace. However, there are certain developmental milestones that most children will reach. Explore this video library to get answers about what to expect from your child at different ages. Read more about developmental milestones and related health and safety information, and check out positive parenting tips from the CDC.
Babies in utero undergo many amazing transformations. Their development continues rapidly during the first year of life. Sign up for free text messages about your baby’s growth throughout your pregnancy and the first year through Text4Baby, available in English and Spanish.
DC provides essential supports for young children with developmental delays and their families. Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program provides early intervention therapeutic and other services for infants and toddlers. Early Stages helps identify developmental delays and arranges for services for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months who live in DC. Learn about your child’s developmental milestones, the rights of parents of students with disabilities and more in our resource library.
OSSE Child Care Connections is DC’s child care resource and referral center. It provides information and options for parents searching for child care for their young children. Learn if you are eligible for child care financial assistance from the DC Department of Human Services.
DC provides free high quality pre-Kindergarten in its public schools, public charter schools and publicly-funded community-based organizations for children 30 months to 5 years old who live in the District. For families that want to send their children to a school that participates in the My School DC common lottery, children need to be 3 years of age by September 30 to be eligible for Pre-K 3, 4 years of age by September 30 to be eligible for Pre-K 4, and 5 years of age by September 30 to be eligible for Kindergarten.
Find out more about preschools in your area by browsing these DCPS profiles, local public charter classrooms and My School DC school profiles. Learn about the public schools common lottery process and visit the resource library for more resources like Helping Your Preschool Child.
DC offers family-friendly programs and activities to promote early childhood learning and development.
All local DC libraries have story time for children, families and child caregivers to share. Explore the story time calendar for an event near you.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation department offers aquatics, athletics and cultural arts for infants to adults. Find your local parks and recreation program and get a list of classes and register online to get involved today!
Families with young children may need financial assistance to help make ends meet. DC offers several programs for families in need such as Financial Assistance/ Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). DC also offers medical coverage to low-income residents through Medicaid, Alliance and DC Healthy Families programs.
Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do...