Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
As of August 27, 2019, we are located in downtown Washington, D.C. in the headquarters building of the General Services Administration at 1800 F Street, N.W., Suite 1028, 20405. The Center is approximately 3-4 blocks from the Farragut West Metro Station, and approximately 5-6 blocks from the Farragut North Metro Station.
What are your hours?
The Center’s normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If the Federal Government is closed, then the Center is closed. If the Federal Government is on unscheduled/liberal leave, US Kids will be open 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Are you licensed?
Yes, by the District of Columbia Department of Health.
Who is eligible to attend the U.S. Kids?
Children ages three months to five years attend U.S. Kids. The Center is open to any family. However, the Center givers priority to families working at GSA; then to other government agencies; then to other members of the community.
Do you offer part-time care?
No, U.S. Kids only offers full-time care.
Are parents allowed to visit children during the day?
Yes, we have an open door policy.
Can I come and breastfeed my infant during the day?
Yes. The Center’s infant room has a quiet area especially for this for this purpose.
What if my infant is on a special feeding schedule?
Parents are asked to provide their primary caregiver the details of their infant’s schedule, which the caregiver will do their best to accommodate.
Do you take the children outside during the day?
Yes. We take daily outdoor trips to local parks and other open spaces, weather permitting. Also, our “Great Room” allow children to develop their gross motor skills through climbing and running.
Do you offer any discounts or reduced rates?
Yes. We offer discounts for families with 2 children enrolled in the Center and with 3 children enrolled in the Center. If a family has 2 children in the Center, a 10% discount is applied to the oldest child’s tuition. If a family has 3 children in the Center, a 15% discount is applied to the oldest child’s tuition and a 10% discount is applied to the middle child’s tuition. The Center will also consider tuition assistance based on need. Please contact the center for further details.
Can we visit the Center before enrolling on the waiting list?
Yes. You may schedule a tour by emailing the Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tours are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Are donations to U.S. Kids tax deductable?
Yes. U.S. Kids is a not-for-profit institution. Our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 87015. Our United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) number is 9382.
When is tuition due?
Tuition is calculated on an annual basis and broken down into biweekly payments that are due every other Monday. A late fee of $6.00 per day will be charged if your payment is not received within five days of when the payment is due.
What are my options for paying tuition?
U.S. Kids accepts cash, check, money orders, and cashiers checks. A tuition payment drop box is located in the center’s lobby (no cash in box please). U.S. Kids does not have a direct debit option for collecting your tuition payment from your bank. However, many parents set up automatic payment plans through their own bank’s on line pay bill system, which is often free.
My child will be on vacation for a couple of weeks and will not be at the center, do I have to pay tuition during this time?