Child Care services are child-centered, family-focused services that support the family goals of economic self-sufficiency and child development by providing for the supervision, protection, and well-being of the child while the parent is participating in an approved activity, or actively job-searching.

Child Care services are provided for children who are under 13 years of age and reside with a parent or person standing in loco parentis who are working, attending school, job searching, or receiving agency approved education/training or participating in the Virginia Initiative for Education and Work (VIEW) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T).

To apply for services, an applicant must fill out a Child Care Subsidy application which serves as the formal request for child care services. The application can be found online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov or by calling the Department of Human Services at (757) 385-3200 for more information. ​​

To search for a child care vendor or for information on becoming a licensed vendor in Virginia, please visit the s​tate website: www.dss.virginia.gov or  call the Child Care Licensing division at (757) 491-3990.

Becoming a Provider

​​In order to become a licensed family child care home provider, you are required to meet and adhere to state and local standards for child care which include a home study conducted by the Virginia Department of Social Services, child protective services background check, criminal records check, and tuberculin skin test.

To become a licensed child care provider, contact the Virginia Department of Social Services, Child Care Licensing Division at (757) 491-3990

​​Licensed child care providers that want to participate in the Virginia Beach Child Care Program should call (757) 385-3240 or (757) 385-3525 to negotiate a rate agreement. Interested providers must present a copy of their license.