Children are our passion at The Planning Council, because we know the future really does lie in their hands. So, how we nurture, educate, and care for the youngest citizens in our community matters.

The Planning Council’s work for children focuses on quality childcare, including recruiting, training, registering, and connecting providers to families in need. From helping childcare providers serve healthy and nutritious meals through the USDA’s Food Program, to assisting providers achieve the next level of quality childcare ratings, to linking military families with special needs children to respite care providers, our staff is dedicated to helping children thrive and succeed.

Helping Childcare Providers Succeed

The Planning Council works closely with childcare providers in much of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. So, depending on where you’re located, The Planning Council can help you reach the next level in the quality of your childcare program. We also provide the link between providers and families seeking affordable, quality childcare.

What Type of Childcare Provider Are You?

Home Childcare
Home Childcare
If you are a home childcare provider, click here to learn more about participating in the program and how The Planning Council can help you succeed.
Center Childcare
Center Childcare
If you are a Center Childcare provider or would like to be, click here to find out how The Planning Council can assist in a variety of ways.

CACFP RESOURCES

CACFP MARYLAND | DC RESOURCES
CACFP MARYLAND | DC RESOURCES
Documents to help childcare providers in Maryland and D.C. navigate through the CACFP easily and accurately.
CACFP VIRGINIA RESOURCES
CACFP VIRGINIA RESOURCES
Documents to help childcare providers in Virginia navigate through the CACFP easily and accurately.
CACFP USDA STANDARD RECIPE REQUIREMENT RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
CACFP USDA STANDARD RECIPE REQUIREMENT RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Downloadable resources provided by the USDA including standardized recipes and guidelines.