• Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 9, 2019

    April 9, 2019 Anna Shults
    Supports the Child & Family Network Centers [ALEXANDRIA, VA] – Ice cream lovers can mark off their calendars for Ben and Jerry’s annual free cone day on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. All tips will benefit The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC), and employees and volunteers will be scooping ice cream for donations at the Old Town Ben and Jerry’s location as well as the National Harbor Location from 12 -8pm.   Ben and Jerry’s Old Town      Ben and Jerry’s National Harbor  103 South Union Street           138 National Plaza Alexandria, VA 22314             Oxon Hill, MD 20745  For over 40 years, Ben and Jerry’s has dished out free scoops of ice cream to commemorate the…
  • CFNC Learn About Buildings

    February 27, 2019 Anna Shults
    CFNC follows the Creative Curriculum, which is nationally recognized for its high-quality, research based studies. In the Creative Curriculum, subjects are broken down into 3 to 4 week segments called "studies." This month, our students learned about buildings! The kiddos covered a variety of topics including different types of buildings, who builds buildings, and the different materials buildings are made of. They also practiced making their own buildings with materials in the classroom such as blocks, or Legos. Local construction businesses even came into the classroom to give our students real life examples of what they do! Amazing employees from…
  • Meet the Ocampo Family

    January 24, 2019 Anna Shults
    Five generations of the Ocampo family are part of the CFNC family. Our veteran teacher, Ms. Juana, sent all four of her children to CFNC because she saw first hand the growth her students made and the skills they gained to prepare them for kindergarten. Isaac Isaac, the oldest son of our veteran teacher Ms. Juana, went to CFNC in 2001 as a four-year-old and needless to say, he was a handful. “I used to be a cry-baby and had some behavioral problems,” says Isaac. Throughout his time at CFNC however, his behavior started to improve and by the time he entered…
  • Local Businesses and Community Members Bring Holiday Cheer to CFNC Classrooms

    January 3, 2019 Anna Shults
    Every year at CFNC, the month of December is filled with the sound of the sound of joyful screams and howls of laughter. Why? Because every December, CFNC invites local businesses and individuals to join our students and teachers in the classroom to throw a holiday party! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year as these groups read holiday-themed books, do crafts, eat treats, and best of all, bring gifts.  Our partners at Lansinoh Laboratories, Wells Fargo, Biologics Consulting, Vanderweil, Cypress International, Cotton & Company, Applied Policy, and Greenfield Senior Living read amazing holiday-themed books such as “Snowmen at Night”…
  • Build a Playground on #GivingTuesday

    November 15, 2018 Anna Shults
    Overgrown shrubs, outdated equipment, that's not how you should describe a playground. Unfortunately, for 16 students at CFNC, it is. On #GivingTuesday on November 27, the global day of giving, CFNC aims to raise $5,000 to update our playground. (Give now!) Playgrounds are extensions of the classroom and support our students' development. On #GivingTuesday, you're not just building a playground, you're building a brighter future for 16 low-income children in your community. Just take a look at these cute faces: A playground is an extension of our classrooms. Outdoor learning spaces - like robustly designed playgrounds - are integral to…
  • Teaching Self-Regulation To Your Child

    October 10, 2018 Anna Shults
    Teaching Self-Regulation To Your Child Managing emotions is an excellent building block for success and interpersonal growth for young children. Preschool is a vital time to learn how to control emotions in a healthy way and our Family Services manager, Mary Taverner, explains the techniques we use at CFNC to help our students learn good self-regulating behavior. 1. Model behavior and get on their level: Get on their level! When you get down to eye level with a child, it helps them feel safer. This action shows respect and listening from the adult and allows the child to feel more…
  • CFNC Coat Drive

    October 10, 2018 Maggie K
    It has been a great first month of having the kids back in the classroom. Our kids have been busy learning new things and making friends with their classmates and teachers. Even though it still feels like summer, winter will be here before you know it. Many of our families walk to school and struggle to provide their children with proper winter clothes. If our students don’t have appropriate winter clothes, they’ll likely struggle with frequent absences during the cold winter months, which is why CFNC is holding it’s annual coat drive. Last winter was tough with the frigid temperatures…
  • CFNC’s First week of school

    September 28, 2018 Maggie K
    What’s going on at CFNC? It’s officially the end of our second week of school and things haven’t slowed down. Let’s begin by sharing what our amazing little stars have been learning this week. Recently teaches read the “The kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn to the kids. This book was a huge hit with the kids and the timing was perfect! The first few weeks of school can be scary and overwhelming to children being in a new place without mom, all new faces and without the comfort of home. Which was all the more reason to read this beautifully…
  • A Message from a Relay for Pre-K Fundraising Superstar

    September 17, 2018 Anna Shults
    Relay for Pre-K is less than a week away and our teams are on a roll! While we’re so impressed with everyone’s efforts during Relay for Pre-K, one team has stood out by going above and beyond. Ahmad Immigration Law & Friends has raised an amazing $1,130 so far and show no signs of slowing down! We reached out to team member, Erin Schmidt, to find out what inspired her to get involved in Relay for Pre-K. “My husband Yusuf and I started the Ahmad Immigration Law & Friends relay team because we know how difficult it can be for…
  • Introducing Mary Taverner, CFNC’s New Family Services Manager

    September 13, 2018 Anna Shults
    Over the summer, CFNC wrapped up our strategic planning process, which will guide our strategy and decision making for the next three years. As part of that strategic plan, CFNC will strive to continuously provide high quality services to families and children. With the needs of our families at the forefront, CFNC hired a new family support manager to build on our already fantastic family support team. And we’re so glad we did, because not only are our children and families  receiving the critical support services they need, but CFNC gained an amazing new member of the family. Enter, Mary…