• CFNC Names Lisa Carter as Executive Director

    The Child & Family Network Centers’ Board of Directors announced that Lisa Carter has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Carter will officially assume the position on January 3, 2017 with a renewed focus on creating financial stability for the organization and extending its visibility in the Alexandria community and beyond.

    “Lisa was a natural fit for the position of executive director,” said Bill Marino, CFNC Board Chair. “Lisa brings a proven track record of partnership building and leadership, as well as a passion for the work and a dedication to the children we serve.”

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  • Help us raise $20,000 without donating a cent!

    Help us raise $20,000 without donating! We have a small favor to ask of you. For everyone who signs up with our trusted partners GoodWorld (the creators of the automatic #donate social feature) CFNC will receive $10.00. And if we get the most people to sign up before Tuesday November 29th they will give us an additional $10,000.  That means if 1,000 people sign up, we could receive $20,000 to provide high-quality pre-school education to 136 low-income four year olds in Alexandria. So what does $20,000 dollars mean to CFNC.

    You can change a life without donating a cent. All you have to do is sign up.

  • Welcome to our 138 students!

    September 5th marked the first day of school for our 138 preschoolers. Thank you to all who signed our welcome banner and made their day even more special. For most of these kids, it’s the first time away from mom and dad for the entire day, but we’re off to a great start! These students are in store for an incredible year, and we’re excited to see them excel and grow. Want to make this school year even more magical? There are many ways to give and get involved.


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  • Your Impact this Year…

    We just wrapped up the 2015-2016 school year and we wanted you – our donors – to be the first to know the impact your giving has made on Alexandria children. The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) thanks each and every one of you for providing brighter futures for 148 vulnerable Alexandria children.

    Impact Report
  • Adopt – A – Classroom

    Last year, CFNC in partnership with several companies and community volunteers, provided 150 low-income four-year-olds in Alexandria with backpacks as part of our first annual Backpacks for Brighter Futures program. In 2015, several corporate sponsors made it a year to remember with their special gift of $5,000 making programs like this possible. This year we are looking to expand our reach and partnerships!

  • CFNC’s Young Professionals Council

    On Wednesday, May 18th a new program at CFNC was born as our Young Professionals Council voted in their leadership board for this upcoming year. Our Young Professionals Council is a dynamic group of individuals striving to make CFNC a leading presence in Alexandria, synonymous with educational quality and social equity.

  • CFNC wins Nonprofit Leadership Award!

    We are honored to announce that CFNC was awarded The Leadership Fairfax Nonprofit Leadership Award ! At CFNC we strive every day to embody exemplary leadership – in our interactions with our community partners, with the students and families we serve, and with each other.


Our History

CFNC was started in 1984 by a group of mothers living in a public housing community after they learned that 17 of their children failed kindergarten. From that modest beginning, CFNC has continuously grown both the reach and depths of its programs in response to community need. CFNC currently serves 136 children and their families in 8 preschool classrooms in Alexandria.

“It’s hard to argue with a preschool program that shows twice the student gains of other programs, especially when that program serves low-income families.”

- Northern Virginia Magazine

Our Staff

Our Financials

  • Year 2016

Year 2016

Source of Funding
Fund Amount
% of Total
State Government
Local Government
In-Kind Donations
Special Events
N/A currently
Parent Fees
N/A currently
Faith-based Organizations
N/A currently
Workplace Giving
N/A currently

Our Board

Our Board of Trustees is dedicated to our mission of providing caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare them for success in school and life. They continue to dedicate their time and efforts to ensuring all children in Alexandria have a chance at a brighter future.

Careers at CFNC

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? Learn about career opportunities at The Child and Family Network Centers.


Our Partners

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