• Philanthropist Todd Hitt Makes Largest Donation

    June 24, 2016 IT Developement
    In less than 140-characters, Todd Hitt - founder of private equity firm Kiddar Capital, donated $25,000 on Twitter to The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC). On Thursday, June 23, 2016 CFNC became the recipient of the largest donation ever made on the social media platform – Twitter. The donation was made using #donate, via a social media-driven giving tool from an innovative newcomer – GoodWorld. Hitt’s donation, the first of this magnitude via Twitter, will benefit CFNC’s nine bilingual, tuition-free pre-schools that provide high-quality education to low-income children and families in Alexandria. “This technology is game-changing for fundraising,” stated…
  • Meet Kenneth

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Thanks to a partnership with Prevention of Blindness providing free vision screenings to all CFNC students, four-year-old Kenneth’s behavior problems have transformed into a love for learning. CFNC worked with Kenneth’s mother to access medical care and payment options for glasses. “I think because he couldn’t see, he was acting up. Once he got the glasses, there was a 180-degree change,” says Kenneth’s CFNC teacher.
  • Denis

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    When Denis started in CFNC’s Birchmere classroom, his teachers and social worker immediately noticed red flags in his behavior. He was aggressive with other students, refused to share, and threw fits when his teachers tried to give him directions. Denis was placed in a social skills group led by a CFNC social worker. Denis met with a CFNC social worker weekly in a group setting to work on understanding and finding words to express his feelings. Elsa, Denis’ mother attended a mother’s support group offered weekly at CFNC. Now, Denis takes directions well, uses his words, follows the classroom routine,…
  • Meet Maria

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    An immigrant from Belize with three daughters, she unexpectedly became a single mother while her four-year-old was attending CFNC. We helped her access emergency funds, create a budget, secure part-time jobs and find support through our Mothers Group. Although it is still a struggle, now she fully supports her family.
  • Meet Nancy & Alfredo

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    When CFNC first met Nancy and Alfredo, their finances were unstable and the family was struggling. Nancy was unemployed and Alfredo’s work hours were reduced. Through CFNC’s job placement services, Nancy fulfilled her dream to become a preschool teacher and Alfredo found steady work. Three of their children graduated from CFNC and are now thriving in elementary and middle school.
  • Rebecca

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Rebecca was born in Sierra Leone and came to the United States on a Lottery Visa about eight years ago to start a new life, progress professionally and provide for her family back in Sierra Leone. Rebecca first became involved with CFNC when her eldest son was enrolled at our preschool. During that year she built a strong relationship with her CFNC Social Worker. With her support, Rebecca was able to maintain her job as a single mother while she had her second son; she bought herself a car, began studying for her nursing degree and moved into her own…
  • Brenda

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Betty, a 30-year-old mother of two from Guatemala, speaks no English and never made it past primary school. Her son, Daniel, began preschool at CFNC at the age of three. His teachers noticed behavioral red flags and Daniel joined a behavioral skills group lead by a CFNC social worker. In his second year at CFNC, the social worker referred Daniel to Child Find, which resulted in an IEP with accommodations for speech, language, and developmental issues. During this period Betty gave birth to her second child and was soon informed they would be evicted for having another child. Betty’s CFNC…
  • The Naz Family

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Being a stranger in a strange land can be a very disorienting and isolating experience. The Naz family, like many new Americans, arrived in the United States and found themselves without a community to call their own. Thousands of miles from family and friends, the family finally found the Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) and were able to enroll both of their children in our program. Saima, the mother, immediately enrolled in the CFNC’s Family Support Services. Social Workers helped the parents identify goals and establish functional plans to meet their objectives. Saima also enrolled in CFNC’s ESL classes…
  • Meet Nkunzi

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Nkunzi Rukundo unexpectedly lost her job. This single mom of four from Africa didn’t know where to turn for help. She had been living in the United States for 10 years and friends told her about The Child and Family Network Centers. When she enrolled her child in our preschool, she met with one of our social workers, Linda Nsiah, during a home visit. Linda explained all of the services CFNC offers and based on the rapport Linda built, Nkunzi felt comfortable enough to let her know that she had recently lost her job as a home health aide because…
  • Meet Kim

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    “We are able to relate to the families. Teachers here really want to help, so they work hard to learn what families are going through” says Kim Moten, a former CFNC mother and a CFNC teacher for 25 years. In fact, 75% of our teachers are former mothers of CFNC students, women who – with our help – successfully sought higher levels of education and training to become certified educators.