Our Mission

To provide caring, high quality, free education and related services to children and families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare and empower them for success in school and life.


Our Children

Children living in poverty who don’t attend a high- quality preschool are:

  • 25%*

    more likelyto dropout of school.

  • 40%*

    more likelyto become a teen parent.

  • 50%*

    more likelyto be placed in
    special education.

  • 60%*

    more likelyto never attend college.

  • 70%*

    more likely to be arrested
    for a violent crime.

* Source: Center for American Progress

Recent News

  • Barbara McLaughlin to Lead CFNC

    ALEXANDRIA – The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC), a longtime Alexandria nonprofit preschool dedicated to caring, high-quality education, is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara McLaughlin as the Executive Director.  CFNC provides free bi-lingual preschool and family support services for 139 children and families who reside in the City of Alexandria.

    Ms. McLaughlin brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to CFNC, including a long career in Early Childhood Education. She joins CFNC from the Ochsner Resource Group, LLC, where she worked to improve the infrastructure and human capital processes for a variety of nonprofits.

    Ms. McLaughlin said, “I am thrilled to join such an excellent organization with a long history of providing high-quality early education.  I chose CFNC for many reasons, but most importantly because the staff works tirelessly to meet the needs of a vastly underserved group of families.”

    Her prior leadership roles include Early Childhood Director, Westchester Community Opportunity Program, of Elmsford, NY; Manager of Early Childhood and Volunteers, Kids In Crisis, Greenwich, CT; and, Director, Early Childhood & Parenting Programs, Inspirica, Stamford, CT.

    “The appointment of Barbara McLaughlin is an exciting moment for CFNC. Her strong leadership in Early Childhood Education will prove pivotal to CFNC’s goal to be ‘best in class’ in providing high quality pre-school education and services for our families. Our families deserve nothing less,” said Abhisek Mitra, CFNC’s Chairman of the Board.

    Families at CFNC fall between 100-250% of the federal poverty level, making private preschool and childcare financially unfeasible, but disqualifying the families from the federal Head Start program.

    “High-quality, bi-lingual affordable childcare is a particularly vital need in our city. Through our services, CFNC supports families of front-line and other essential workers, which in turn, benefits the entire community,” Mitra added.