• The Child & Family Network Centers New Classrooms Grand Opening

    November 4, 2019 Anna Shults
    Forty-five children in the West End area of Alexandria will have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten educational services in new Child and Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) classroom space. CFNC used a combination of public funding, private contributions, and pro bono support from across the Alexandria community to create classroom space in a West End apartment complex.  The Alexandria City Council approved $41,000 for the renovation as a part of their initiative to expand access to Early Education in the community. The rest came from private donations including Marietta McNeil Morgan and Samuel Tate Morgan Jr. Trust, Van Metre Foundation, and an…
  • Local Business Decides to Drop the Swag and Invest in Education Instead!

    November 4, 2019 Anna Shults
    Signal Vine, a leading business in higher education Artificial Intelligence messaging platforms, has decided to "drop the swag." When they were preparing for an upcoming conference they thought, "a lot of these giveaway items end up in the trash, how can we use that money to make a positive difference?" That's where we come in! Instead of purchasing giveaway items, Signal Vine decided to invest that money in early education. Both CFNC and Signal Vine are dedicated toward providing vital support to the students who need it. CFNC to children at the beginning of their academic career, and Signal Vine…
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    July 30, 2019 Maggie K
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  • Johan Tests Out of English Classes!

    June 13, 2019 Anna Shults
    Johan was one of 75% of our students who came to CFNC as an English Language Learner (ELL). Johan's parents came to the U.S. from Guatemala and don't speak much English at home. Like 69% of CFNC students, Johan and his family speak Spanish. Because kindergarten in the public schools is an English-speaking setting, CFNC's teachers and social worker knew it would be important for Johan to learn English before he entered kindergarten, and provided resources, tools, and appropriate learning opportunities so Johan could build confidence in his Spanish literacy and vocabulary while also learning English. Research shows that English…
  • Compass Pro Bono Project Helps CFNC Create Strategy for Growth

    June 13, 2019 Maggie K
    In the fall of 2018, The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) was awarded a team of consultants from Compass Pro Bono (compassprobono.org) to help us evaluate a few critical questions related to our strategic plan: 1) In 2018, enrollment into CFNC’s free preschool program slowed – what happened? 2) CFNC’s operational and strategic growth scenarios – where should our classrooms really be? 3) Are their opportunities for growth? Where should those classrooms be and can CFNC afford to grow? 4) How can CFNC better market itself to families? To tackle these large, imperative questions, Compass connected CFNC with eight…
  • 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…