UPDATE: The Child Care Center will be closed due to insufficient staffing on the following dates:
- Thursday, October 14, 2021
- Monday, October 18 - Thursday, October 21, 2021
If you have questions, please email ChildCareCenter(at)dcsc.gov or call (202) 879-1759.
The Child Care Center is open to all members of the public that have in-person business with the DC Courts, including jurors.
The DC Courts' Child Care services are free of charge to any member of the public conducting business in the DC Courts. The Center promotes positive emotional, social, and physical development and provides a safe, stimulating, and fun experience for children ages 2.5-12 who are toilet trained.
Location: The Center is in Room C-100 on the lower (C) level of the Moultrie Courthouse. For more detailed directions, see the Contact Us page.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.; closed for lunch from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Children must be picked up by 1:00 p.m. and may return after 2:00 p.m. The Center is not open on federal holidays. Hours of operation may change due to inclement weather. Such changes will be posted in a red banner on the DC Courts’ website.
The safety of children, parents, and staff is our top priority. Based on the guidance and recommendations of the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the US Centers for Disease Control, and the DC Courts’ epidemiologist and industrial hygienist, the following procedures will be implemented:
Eligibility: The Child Care Center is available for children between the ages of 2.5 and 12 years old. Children must be fully toilet-trained and wearing underwear (no Pull-ups). If your child has special needs or a disability, please contact us to discuss how we can best accommodate your child.
Access: Consistent with OSSE guidelines, parents/guardians are permitted in the reception area, one family at a time, to complete the registration process. Tours of the entire facility are not available at this time.
Mask policy: Masks are required for all children, parents, and staff at the Center. Parents must bring extra masks in case their child’s mask becomes soiled during their visit to the Center. Children will be admitted only if they are medically and developmentally able to wear a mask. Children may remove their masks during snack and naptime.
Wellness check: Temperature checks will be required before parent(s) and child(ren) can enter the courthouse. Entry will be denied for temperatures at 100.4°F and over.
Any child who displays signs of illness during their visit at the Center must be picked up immediately by the parent or the parent’s emergency contact. The child will be given a cot to rest on in a quiet area until they are picked up.
If anyone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is quarantining while awaiting testing results, please do NOT bring your child to the Child Care Center.
Contact us: If you have any questions about COVID-19 sanitization or social distancing routines in the Child Care Center, please contact us.
Phone: (202) 879-1759
Snack: Snack time will be offered in the mornings; afternoon snack will not be served until further notice. If you would like your children to participate then please pack a light snack for them. We ask that you refrain from packing any nuts or nut products. The Center does not provide food.
Licensing Status: The Child Care Center is licensed by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The license is posted in the reception area of the Child Care Center.
Staff: The Center is staffed by a director and an assistant director, with support of aides. All staff and aids are CPR and first-aid certified and comply with OSSE background check regulations and continuing education requirements.
Provide the following forms to the Center:
- Registration Form
- Emergency Medical Treatment Form
- DC Child Health Certificate
- DC Oral Health Assessment Form
Find links to blank forms below as well. Submit completed forms in person or by email to ChildCareCenter(at)dcsc.gov. Note: Please come with your child’s medical and dental forms already completed by your physician; these forms will be required on your child’s second visit. The Oral Health Assessment Form is not required for children under 3 years of age.
|Child Care Center Brochure||Download|
|Child Care Center Handbook||Download|
|DC Child Health Certificate||Download|
|DC Oral Health Assessment Form||Download|
|OSSE Registration Form||Download|
|OSSE Emergency Medical Treatment Form||Download|