We offer a personalized enrollment process for you as you make this critical decision of selecting a child care program. We meet with you face-to-face to answer your questions and give you and your child the opportunity to tour the facility, meet the staff and observe the program.  At enrollment, the parent or legal guardian must be present to sign required documents.  Other individuals, grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends, step parents, may not sign forms unless legally authorized.

The Maryland State Department of Education – Office of Child Care licensing provides information to families on choosing child care:


Enrollment into an RDCA program is open to all children regardless of  race, color, national origin, disability, sex (including gender identity and expression), familial status, parental status, religion, genetic information, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

Children are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis from the community. Centers maintain waiting lists and families are contacted in the order in which inquiries were received. Montgomery County Employees will have first priority in our Bel Pre, Sargent Shriver, and Woodlin centers as these centers are housed in county-owned facilities.  The NIH/Northwest Child Care is open to employees of the National Institutes of Health ONLY.  

RDCA prioritizes serving families requesting full time child care. Part time, partial week, and drop-in enrollments may be accepted at individual centers on a space available basis.

Contact the Administrative Office at 301-762-7420 for general information and referrals to convenient locations, or, check our center locations listing and directly contact the site which best meets your family needs. Be sure to note the ages served at each facility, their hours of operation and geographic area.

Required Enrollment Forms – all age groups at all programs

enrollment packet

Supplemental Enrollment Forms – if applicable