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

  • CFNC Welcomes a New Executive Director

    The Child & Family Network Centers’ is please to announce that Jacquelyn Horstmann Didio has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Didio will officially assume the position on February 3rd, 2020.

    Read more here.

  • CFNC Receives Grant to Develop a Racial Equity in Early Learning Plan

    CFNC is so proud to have been one of the grantees for ACT for Alexandria’s Capacity Building grants to develop a Racial Equity in Early Learning Plan, centering those impacted by racial inequalities, to ensure that we are providing a safe, welcoming, multi-cultural space for every family.

    Read more here!

  • Save the Date: CFNC’s Annual Spring Benefit is May 1

    CFNC’s Spring Benefit is on May 1, 2020 at 7PM. With gourmet food, amazing cocktails, and a luxurious live and silent auction, this is going to be an event you won’t want to miss.

    Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the most popular events in Alexandria!

    Get your tickets here


  • Whole Foods Partners with CFNC to Make a Big Impact

    CFNC has been chosen as the beneficiary of Whole Foods’ “Nickels for Nonprofits” program! From now until June 1, 2020, bring your reusable bag to the Whole Foods on Duke Street and a nickel will be automatically donated to CFNC. Now you can buy your groceries AND change lives – what could be better?

    Where: Whole Foods Market – 1700 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    When: Now until June 1, 2020

    How: Bag your groceries with your reusable bag

    Why: Alexandria’s low-income children deserve a high-quality early education that will set them up for success in school and in life!

    Questions? Contact Anna Shults at ashults@cfnc-online.org or (703) 836-0214 ext. 227

  • CFNC Opens Two Classrooms in Alexandria’s West End

    On October 26, CFNC celebrated the grand opening of two brand new classrooms in Alexandria’s West End.

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  • CFNC is Featured in the Zebra!

    The Zebra Press, Alexandria’s source for local news, has featured CFNC’s work in the community in their latest issue. Read more about how our work is giving children the boost they need by clicking the link below. 

    Read more here

  • Read our 2018 Annual Report and Strategic Plan!

    Our Annual Report for the 2017-2018 school year is here along with our three year Strategic Plan. Read through to see the impact of your support and how your support will help propel us toward a brighter future. 

    Click here to read our 2018 Annual Report

    Click here to read our Three-Year Strategic Plan

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  • CFNC and Alexandria chosen as grantee of Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

    Congratulations Alexandria for being chosen as one of only six grantees by the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), to receive funding for innovative approaches to expanding access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children in Alexandria. We are excited to work with our community partners – The City of Alexandria Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools, The Campagna Center, Bruhn Morris Foundation, Creative Play School, ALIVE CDC and ACT for Alexandria – to help more at risk children access early education in our community.