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Early Stages is an evaluation center that works with families to identify and address developmental delays in children aged between 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months. A program of DC Public Schools that provide evaluations of DC residents who have not yet entered the school system or are currently home schooled. Early Stages also serves families residing outside the DC if their children attend DC private school or DC child care center. All their services are free.


CACFP: Child and Adult Care Food Program

Ensuring Children and Adults Have Access to Nutritious Meals and Snacks

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. CACFP also provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of 60 or living with a disability and enrolled in day care facilities. CACFP contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children and adults in the United States.

The QRIS Resource Guide defines quality rating and improvement systems as “a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.” 

QRISs are intended to improve the quality of early and school-age care and education programs through the alignment and coordination of system-wide initiatives.


We accept Subsidy




Child Care Subsidy/Voucher Program. The District of Columbia operates a federally-funded child care assistance program that helps eligible families pay for child care. The Child Care Subsidy Program offers families a wide range of child care options. The variety of schedules and types of programs enable families to choose the setting that best meets their needs.

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