• Virtual Read Aloud and Crafts Opportunity

    March 31, 2020 Anna Shults
    Our students want to read with you! Record a video of yourself reading your favorite children's book or walking our students through a fun craft and send us the file at the email below! We'll post it on our online learning platform for our students to enjoy. The video length should be no more than 10 minutes.   Questions? Contact Anna Shults at ashults@cfnc-online.org  
  • Managing your child’s anxiety

    March 30, 2020 Anna Shults
    Times of national crisis can spark anxiety in young children. Here are some tips from our resident mental health expert, Mary Taverner, LCSW on how to support your child's mental health: Keep sleep and meal schedules consistent - Consistent routines provide a sense of safety for young children and impact our brain health. Stay active - Get your body moving! Find ways to stretch, dance, and move. Take care of yourself - No matter how old your children are, they know when you are stressed. Our ability to regulate impacts their sense of safety. Stay in touch - Social distancing doesn't…
  • CFNC Hosts Food Drive and Implements Online Learning

    March 26, 2020 Anna Shults
    A lot has changed in the last two weeks at CFNC, in Alexandria, and in the world. But one thing that remains the same is our commitment to the community and to our students and families. In the last two weeks, we have been blown away by the response of our supporters and volunteers. We've collected and given out over 100 bags of food to our families from drop off points in their own neighborhoods. We've also identified additional areas of need for our families, and implemented drives for the following materials: Books: Help us build up our students' home…
  • CFNC Closes Monday and How You Can Help

    March 13, 2020 Anna Shults
    CFNC Family,   It’s been quite a week for our country and community, and I hope to hear you are all safe and healthy.   ACPS will be closed on Monday, and so, we will also be closing for the rest of the school year.   We are grounded in our mission at CFNC: to provide free preschool and related services to our families in their own communities. Every day, our superstar team of teachers, family support workers, and administrative team balance the health and the needs of our community. We recognize that this is an uncertain time, but we want you to…
  • Preparing for Summer

    February 27, 2020 Anna Shults
    Summer vacation is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing for Summer after your child leaves school. There are a number of options for how your child can spend their Summer in Alexandria. Check out some of these ideas! Continue your child's education: No matter how you end up spending your Summer, always make sure you're still practicing some of the skills that your child learned throughout the school year. Here are some tips: Practice writing their first and last name every day in a notebook Count and write the numbers 1-15 Read a…
  • CFNC Welcomes a New Executive Director

    January 30, 2020 Anna Shults
    ALEXANDRIA – The Child & Family Network Centers’ Board of Directors announced that Jacquelyn Horstmann Didio has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Didio will officially assume the position on February 3rd, 2020. Didio takes the helm from Lisa Carter who served in the position for 3 years. "As we say good-bye and thank you to our beloved Lisa Carter, we are excited to welcome our new Executive Director.  Jackie has a passion for early education and brings the strengths and skills to build on CFNC’s success and lead our organization to new heights," said Heather Jelks, President…
  • Who do we serve?

    January 15, 2020 Anna Shults
    Take a look at who our children and families are in 2019-2020!
  • Whole Foods Partners with CFNC to Make a Big Impact

    January 10, 2020 Anna Shults
    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?…
  • 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…