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Infant and Toddler Child Development Centers in DCPS

At DCPS we know that high quality early childhood education matters! That’s why DCPS partners with community-based organizations to operate several infant and toddler child development centers co-located within our schools.

The child development centers located in our elementary schools offer a coordinated and supported transition between infant and toddler programming and PK3.  Enrollment priority is given to families who meet Head Start eligibility guidelines followed by those with a sibling enrolled at the school. High School-based child development centers prioritize seats for parenting DCPS students, followed by Early Head Start eligible community members.

With the support of Mayor Bowser, DCPS plans to greatly expand the number school-based child development centers across the District over the next several years.

Elementary Child Development Centers:

  • UPO at C.W. Harris
  • UPO at Ketcham
  • UPO at Marie Reed
  • Centro Nia at Stevens Early Learning Center
  • UPO at Malcolm X

High School Child Development Centers:

  • UPO at Anacostia
  • UPO at Ballou
  • Centro Nia at Cardozo
  • UPO at Coolidge
  • MCIP at Bell
  • UPO at Dunbar
  • UPO at Luke C. Moore
  • UPO at Roosevelt
  • UPO at Woodson

Requests for Applications:

DCPS is currently accepting applications from providers interested in operating infant toddler child development centers co-located in DCPS for the following locations:

  • Historic Randle Highlands Elementary School (Opens SY 22-23)
  • Wheatly Elementary School
  • Bunker Hill Elementary School
  • Amidon Bowen Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
  • Drew Elementary School

Infant Toddler Center Multi-Site RFA[PDF]

Please email completed applications and supporting documentation to:

Drue Docie
Manager, Birth to Five Programming
[email protected]  

Enrollment Information:

For more information about the United Planning Organization’s infant and toddler programs located within DCPS, contact:

Royace Haglar
[email protected]

For more information about Centro Nia's infant and toddler programs located within DCPS, contact:

​Lisa Rivera
[email protected]

For more information about MCIP’s infant and toddler program located within DCPS, contact:

Kapindi Kroma
[email protected]