Child Day Care:
The Virginia Department of Social Services administers six (6) categories of Child Care, each with eligibility requirements and time limits. The Child Care Program provides child-centered, family-focused services that support the goals of economic self-sufficiency and child development by providing substitute parental care, protection, guidance, and early childhood education. Parents or caretakers of children under the age of 13, who are working, receiving agency approved education/training or participating in one of the agency's employment services programs may qualify. Some categories of child care require a co-payment; the amount depends on family income and the number of family members.
There may be a waiting list for the low-income FEE category of child care services. If this is the case, the applicant's name will be added to the State waiting list. When applicant’s name reaches the top of the list, the agency will make contact.
The Social Services division refers its customers to child care centers and home providers who have been licensed by the Eastern Regional Office of the Virginia Department of Social Services (757) 491-3990 or to those voluntarily registered by The Planning Council in Norfolk (757) 622-9268.
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:
Pembroke Office Park
291 Independence Boulevard
Pembroke IV Office Building, Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-5496
Phone: (757) 491-3990
Ask for the Child Care Licensing Division.
Licensed child care providers that want to participate in the Virginia Beach Child Care Program, call (757) 385-3240 or (757) 385-3525 to negotiate a rate agreement (contract). Interested providers must present a copy of the license.