Chantilly is a small town located in the western part of Fairfax County, Virginia. It's home to 24,300 residents who are served by 88 licensed child care facilities. More specifically, there are 39 licensed daycare centers in Chantilly, and 49 in-home daycares (9 with a Fairfax County Permit and 40 with a State License). The cost of child care varies depending on the location, age of the child, and type of facility. On average, child care is about more expensive in Chantilly than the State's average, though it is generally more affordable than towns closer to Washington DC, such as Arlington
. The price for full-time infant care in Chantilly is $360 per week in a child care center
($18,720 annually) and $250 per week in a home daycare
($13,000 annually). Child care for toddlers and preschoolers is more affordable, with a weekly rate of $285 per week for a 4-year-old in a center ($14,820 annually) and $225 per week in a home ($11,700 annually). To find out the average cost of daycare in your zip code, click here to use our daycare cost calculator
Quality child care is costly in the Washington DC metro area, including in Chantilly. However, as indicated above, families have the option to choose in-home daycares, which are about 15% to 20% less expensive than child care centers in Chantilly. Despite the lower cost, in-home daycares and preschools can be high-quality programs. They can even offer perks that families who have a long commute to work (as is the case for many Chantilly parents) will appreciate. Indeed, family child care providers are generally more flexible than large centers when it comes to drop-off or pick-up time.
In Chantilly, Spanish and various Asian languages are commonly spoken, in addition to English. Eleven child care facilities offer a bilingual or immersion program, which gives children a supportive and adequate environment to learn a foreign language and culture. There are also two religious daycares for families who wish to have faith as an integral part of the early childhood education of their little ones. Eight child care and preschool programs offer before and after school care, and one even has a summer camp!
Another option for families with a low to moderate-income is to get financial assistance through the Child Care Assistance and Referral Program of Fairfax County's Office for Children or the Virginia Department of Social Services' Child Care Subsidy Program. Twenty licensed child care facilities in Chantilly accept government subsidies. The financial assistance will cover partial or full child care tuition, depending on the family's income.
Chantilly is covered by Fairfax County law, which regulates child care businesses operating with up to four non-resident children under the age of 13. Family child care providers who secure a Fairfax County Permit offer a safe and healthy environment for children's early education. The Commonwealth of Virginia mandates programs that care for more than four children. The Virginia Department of Social Service (VDSS) issues licenses to family day homes and child day centers. VDSS then conducts inspections at least twice a year to ensure that the facilities and staff meet the minimum legal requirements (e.g., staff qualifications and training, emergency plans, safety inspections, physical, health, and comprehensive background checks.)