Diabetes Program (Childhood and Adolescent) Contact number | 202-476-3440

Child Life

Not Knowing is Not an Option

Toni's mom shares her experience with Children's diabetes team, who educate and support children and families with a new diabetes diagnosis.

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Our Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program is the largest pediatric diabetes program in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing care for children and young adults from Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.

In order to better serve our patients, Children’s National opened the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex on June 5, 2013. The complex allows Children’s National to provide quality diabetes care with the help of its state-of-the-art outpatient treatment rooms and an education center, where families can participate in simulation labs to learn about proper nutrition and physical exercise - keys to diabetes management. The complex was made possible through a partnership with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Our goal is for children with diabetes to live long happy lives without complications. This is possible when patients of any age are able to successfully manage their condition.

As an American Diabetes Association (ADA)-recognized education provider, we help children, teens, and their families understand how to manage and cope with all aspects of the disease. The program accepts all new patients up to the age of 22, with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

In addition to regular meetings with a physician, an intensive and comprehensive education program teaches you and your child how to control diabetes.

The education program provides: 

  • Instruction on insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, medical nutrition therapy, exercise, and coping skills
  • Daily phone reminders for new patients to adjust insulin doses
  • Guidance on the use of continuous glucose monitoring technology
  • Intensive management training, including basal-bolus treatment using injected insulin and insulin pump therapy
  • Psychology intervention for behavior and coping issues

Members of Your Child’s Care Team

Program participants have access to a multidisciplinary team of pediatric physicians, certified diabetes educators (CDE), registered nurses, dietitians, a psychologist, and a dedicated social worker.

The program team works closely with the most important members of the care team — patients and parents — to identify healthy habits and behaviors that enable you and your child to successfully manage this chronic disease.

Our extended team includes members of a Diabetes Program Advisory Committee, composed of family members and community stakeholders. The Advisory Committee meets annually to evaluate and recommend family-centered initiatives for the program.

Resources for Teens

  • DiabeTeens.com: Fran Cogen, MD, the program director, is a featured blogger for this website, which hosts a blog specifically for teenagers living with diabetes. 

Samantha's Story

Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2

"I could not have come this far without extremely good care from Children's National. And to the parents of children newly diagnosed with diabetes: dreams can come true just as always; don't let this disease stand in your/their way ever."

Samantha's Story

The Diabetes Program (Childhood and Adolescent) Team

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