This morning we dropped into daycare at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), where Alan will be starting his training. There are two options for Foreign Service Officers through the State Department in the DC area, DiploTots and FSI daycare.
Alan thoughtfully put us on both wait lists as soon as he made the consular list the first time. If I remember correctly, we were number 200 on the DiploTot list, but in the top 20 for the FSI daycare. This is mainly because the FSI facility gets more turn-over since some people are there for as little as 3 months. The main State Department daycare facility, DiploTots, has to serve employees and FSOs with a typically two year tour or more.