The first colony and state in the Union remains a vital part of our nation's economy. Northern Virginia is not only an extension of the Washington DC Metro Area, but is home to numerous national and international companies. Additional metro centers including Virginia Beach and Raleigh lend steam to the state economy. Small business owners will find a state friendly to business where regulation is somewhat moderated.
In Virginia, an increasing number of single-parent and two-parent working families has turned child daycare into a big business. However, states, counties and cities take the welfare of children seriously. Daycare owners and workers must undergo background investigations and in many cases mandatory training courses. Governments license both home daycares and daycare facilities, making sure that health and safety standards are met.