Virginia Child Care Mapping Project

Child Care Aware of Virginia’s child care mapping project is designed to enable viewers to see the various types of child care programs throughout Virginia. Overlaid with child poverty data (varying shades of red with red shading darkening as poverty levels increase), it is clear that some high poverty areas have few licensed (or quality rated) child care programs for families. Each of the maps can be viewed from a statewide perspective or viewers can zoom in to see counties, communities, or neighborhoods. A legend within each map denotes the type of child care (e.g., licensed or registered homes, licensed centers, license-exempt care, etc.). 

The maps below can be viewed and are interactive (i.e., users can check or uncheck variables they would like to see in the map). Data reflects operating status as of April 2019. 

Mapping Quick Tips:

  • Click on the map to link to a categorical map that shows programs
  • Zoom in to see counties, communities or neighborhoods
  • On the left panel, view the legend to see the color coding symbols for types of child care
  • On the left panel, click on “content” to check or uncheck various categories
  • County poverty levels are reflected with various shades of red (the darkest indicating highest poverty)
  • While viewing the map, click on the symbols/colors to see a pop-up box with program details (e.g., infant care, nontraditional hour care, etc.).
  • Map loading time may take a few seconds so be patient!

Child Care Centers: Click here to see licensed child care centers and religious license-exempt centers in Virginia.

Family Child Care: Click here to see licensed and voluntary registered family child care homes in Virginia.

Northern Virginia: Local Permits for Child Care Homes and home-based providers participating in a family day home system (network):  Click here to see home-based providers caring for 4 or fewer children under a local permit in northern Virginia and home-based providers participating in a family day home system.

License-Exempt Child Care Programs:  Click here to see religious license-exempt child care centers and voluntary registered home-based child care in Virginia

School-Aged Child Care Programs:  Click here to see school-age child care programs in Virginia.

Head Start and Early Head Start: Click here to see Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Virginia.

Programs participating in VA Quality:  Click here to see child care programs that participate in VA Quality. Learn more about VA Quality here.

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Programs: Click here to see VPI programs in Virginia.

Centers and Home-based programs participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):  Click here to see programs participating in CACFP in Virginia. CACFP offers reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks in centers and homes serving low-income children.  CACFP data used in this map is self-reported by providers.

All Child Care Programs:  Click here to see all child care programs in Virginia. It takes a few minutes for all the variables to load. Visitors may want to unclick all the layer options (types of child care) once the map fully loads, and click on layers as you want to add each to the map. Zoom in to check out your neighborhood!