Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ about Two Birds childcare and coworking are below. Click on a question to see the answer.
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What ages of children do you accept?
Childcare is available for infants through pre-K (age 5).
What educational philosophy does Two Birds follow?
Two Birds follows a project-based curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia learning philosophy. Please see the Licensed Childcare page for more information.
What does a child’s day look like?
This is dependent on a child’s age group. Children are given opportunities each day for free/unstructured play. Children also spend time outdoors, as weather permits, including walks, trips to the park and library, and water play in our center’s patio.
How are staff selected? Are background checks conducted?
Two Birds’ dedicated and professional teaching staff are the foundation of the culture and community that surrounds our children. In accordance with OSSE standards, teachers are educated and trained in early childhood education. Per Federal Law, all staff are required to undergo a criminal background check.
What are the childcare ratios?
Two Birds follows OSSE’s guidelines for teacher to child ratios and class size. Infant and toddler classrooms have a 1:4 teacher to child ratio. The Pre-k classroom has a 1:8 teacher to child ratio. Regardless of group size, all classrooms maintain a minimum of two teachers in each classroom.
Is part-time childcare available?
Part-time childcare is offered for infants only (children under 12 months). Part-time memberships are offered in either Morning Sessions or Afternoon Sessions. Part-time childcare is not available for children over 12 months of age.
What are the childcare hours?
Childcare is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., five days a week. Full-time membership can provide care from open until close. Part-time membership for infants is offered in either Morning Sessions, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Afternoon Sessions, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Is Two Birds a year-round program?
Yes, childcare is offered year-round. The center is closed for 10 holidays a year.
Are meals provided?
Yes, Two Birds provides meals and snacks by children’s caterer Good Foods Inc. Families of infants are asked to provide prepared bottles and labeled snacks/purees if your child is in the process of transitioning to solid food. An onsite nursing room and pumping room are also available, if needed.
What about children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions?
Two Birds is a tree nut and peanut-free facility. Dietary restrictions and food allergies should be discussed with the Two Birds staff during your intake meeting.
What items will I need to bring for my child?
Two Birds strives to provide most supplies, including diapers, wipes, bibs, and blankets/sheets. All children should have two changes of clothing. Parents can also bring two labeled sippy cups, a pacifier for naptime, and any necessary medications, creams or ointments.
How are naps handled?
At Two Birds, infants sleep according to their own schedule. Children in the toddler classrooms nap according to the classrooms’ daily schedule. A crib or cot, as appropriate, is available for each child. Two Birds also gives each child a complimentary blanket for nap time when transitioning to a cot in the toddler classrooms.
Do I have to stay on-premise when my child is here?
Nope! Two Birds is both a fully licensed childcare center and a coworking space. That gives parents the flexibility to be offsite at any time.
What Makes Two Birds different from other coworking spaces for parents?
Two Birds is unique in providing both a fully licensed childcare center and a coworking space together. Parents do not have stay on-site when using our childcare, and our childcare plans are simple and straightforward – no competing for slots, no complicated hourly packages.
Will my child be able to see or hear me while I work? What if I want to visit my child?
At Two Birds, the childcare and coworking spaces are kept separate. Your child will not be able to see you while you work, but you’ll be conveniently nearby if you wish to visit their classroom.
What kind of desk space is available?
Our coworking space offers both shared workspaces and dedicated desks.
Is there quiet space available for phone calls?
Yes, there are three sound-proofed phone rooms that can be used for privacy during phone calls.
Can I bring clients and coworkers in for in-person meetings? Is there a conference room available?
Yes, guests can be brought in for meetings. Our conference room can be reserved as needed.
What if I need to nurse or pump?
A nursing lounge and a private pumping room with a sink and microwave are available for members.
What other amenities do you offer?
Members receive 20% off at the Sport and Health gym located next door. We are also a 1-minute walk to the Wilson Aquatic Center, which is free for DC residents. In addition, we host community events, workshops, and other programming for members. See the Community page for more information.
Pricing and Enrollment
What are the membership options?
Full-time childcare and part-time childcare (morning or afternoon, for infants only) are available. Coworking with a dedicated or shared desk can be added to any membership. Please see the Pricing page for more information.
What about registration or supply fees?
Two Birds offers flat monthly memberships. There is no registration fee, waitlist fee, or supply fee added.
What if I’m late for childcare pick-up?
A late fee is assessed at a rate of $15 for every 15-minute period. While Two Birds understands that parents sometimes encounter unforeseen delays, adhering to the center’s policies for enrollment hours is a critical aspect of maintaining safety within the center.
How are payments made?
A security deposit is required to reserve a member’s start date and is credited towards the first month. Thereafter, dues are invoiced monthly on the 1st of each month. Since membership payments are collected electronically in advance of the provision of services, there are no late fees.
Does Two Birds offer financial aid?
Currently, we do not. Two Birds is in the process of obtaining approval to offer financial aid through the OSSE’s Vouchers Program.
How does the childcare waitlist work?
Please complete the sign-up form to be placed on our waitlist. There is no fee. Enrollment offers are made as space becomes available and in order of application date. Priority is granted to siblings of currently enrolled members and to families interested in both childcare and coworking. When an offer is made, families are given 3 business days to confirm acceptance of their enrollment.