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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Update and Resources for Child Care in Virginia

Visit the COVID page on our website for the most up-to-date information and guidance from the department.


Effective July 1, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education will be responsible for overseeing child care and early education programs, including licensing, the Child Care Subsidy Program, and resources for educators. More information about the transition is available here.

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Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff - Virginia's Health and Safety Training Course

This FREE online course introduces child care staff to important health and safety information and addresses other topics such as child development, inclusion, and Virginia's Subsidy and Licensing Programs. Participants will earn a 10-hour training certificate upon completion and a CEU! Completion of the training is required for all staff who work in a program that participates in Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program, but all Virginia child care staff are welcome and strongly encouraged to take this FREE course. Please check with your employer to determine if your program participates in Virginia’s Subsidy Program and you are required to complete the training.

The Virginia Department of Social Services is partnering with Pennsylvania State University's Better Kid Care Program to bring this course to you. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

To access the course, click on “Start Training.” If you already have an account with Better Kid Care, sign in to On-Demand, and select "Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff" at the bottom of the alphabetical listing. If you have not used Better Kid Care's website before, you will need to register as a new user first, and then choose Virginia Preservice Training from the alphabetical listing.

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The Virginia Department of Social Services is committed to improving the health, safety, and well-being of over 400,000 children and vulnerable adults served in over 6,700 regulated care settings through a comprehensive program of regulatory oversight and related provider services. We also play an important role in the training and development of staff in adult and child care facilities.

Our Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development (OECD) is committed to both the quality, availability and affordability of child care in Virginia. The Department provides guidance and support to parents, child care providers and the community to ensure safe, healthy and caring environments for children.

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The Child Care VA site combines a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas including licensing, legislation, child care options and guidance, search tools and much more.


  • Find quality, licensed child care
  • Learn the benefits of licensed child care
  • Discover your child care and early learning options
  • Apply for financial assistance
  • Look through an array of resources, and more


  • Become a licensed provider
  • Learn the new provider requirements
  • Become a subsidy provider
  • Receive training and professional development, and more

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