• Five Easy Ways to Raise Money for your Relay for Pre-K Team

    July 20, 2018 Anna Shults
    So, you’ve started your Relay for Pre-K team or joined as an individual (thank you so much), but you’re struggling to raise money for your team. You don’t know how to get started, you feel weird asking people for money… Fundraising SOUNDS intimidating, but it’s really not as scary as it sounds (we promise!). CFNC’s Board Member and Relay for Pre-K team captain, Kyle Moore, shares some five easy ways you can start raising money for your Relay for Pre-K team today! 1. Use social media and emails I’ve seen so many friends have a lot of success by using…
  • CFNC Reintroduces a Summer Program for 24 Kids

    July 3, 2018 Anna Shults
    This summer, CFNC is proud to reintroduce our summer program to help 24 students gain the skills they need to enter kindergarten in the fall. CFNC originally shut down our summer program a few years ago due to a lack of funding. However, thanks to The City of Alexandria, and additional support from The Alexandria West Rotary Club for summer supplies, CFNC was able to open up our Wheeler location. An extension of what they learn over the school year, CFNC’s program is designed to give our students academic, social, and emotional support over the summer. Summer programs also reduce…
  • The Child & Family Network Centers Launches New Relay for Pre-K Event

    June 27, 2018 Lisa Carter
    For Immediate Release: June 26, 2018 Contact: Maggie Klefstad Tel: 703-836-0214 ext 238 Email: mklefstad@cfnc-online.org The Child & Family Network Centers Launches New Relay for Pre-K Event Family-friendly event to support early childhood education opportunities in Alexandria Alexandria, VA — The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) announces the launch of its inaugural ‘Relay for Pre-K’ to be hosted on September 22nd, 2018 at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Upper School campus. Registration to walk is free. Participants who raise more than $100 will receive an event t-shirt. To learn more or to register, visit www.cfnc-online.org. The three-mile walk will…
  • CFNC Says Goodbye to 138 Students

    June 21, 2018 Anna Shults
    This week marks the end of CFNC’s 2017-2018 preschool program, as our 138 students graduate from CFNC to head to kindergarten in the fall. CFNC is a ten-month program, and before starting at CFNC, many of our students have never been inside of a classroom. CFNC’s preschool program helps kids develop the social-emotional, cognitive and motor skills needed for kindergarten. On average, our students show developmental gains almost two levels above general kindergarten readiness based on their assessments. Check back in a few weeks to find out exactly how our kids did this year. (To read last year’s impact report,…
  • Passage of Increase in Virginia Preschool Initiative Funding Positive for CFNC, Alexandria’s At-risk Youth

    June 7, 2018 Maggie K
    For Immediate Release: June 7, 2018 Contact: Frances Reimers Tel: 202-731-2649 Email: frances@yourfirestarter.com Alexandria, VA — The Child & Family Network Centers applauds the bill recently passed by the Virginia Assembly to increase funding for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) to help early childhood education providers offer more robust services to low-income families. The $4.6 million increase will mean an additional allocation of $201 per student for a total of $6,326 per student. “Anytime we can open our doors to even one more child it is a win,” said Lisa Carter, Executive Director, CFNC. “Studies have consistently shown the long-term…
  • The Child & Family Network Centers Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

    June 6, 2018 Anna Shults
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For the nonprofit: Maggie Klefstad mklefstad@cfnc-online.org 703-836-0214 ext 238 For the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Fatima Najiy fnajiy@cfp-dc.org 202-955-6538 The Child & Family Network Centers Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) was selected by the Catalogue for Philanthropy to be part of its Class of 2018-19. CFNC has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of more than120 experts in the local philanthropic field, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are…
  • Van Metre Companies Adopts CFNC’s 3801 Classroom

    May 29, 2018 Lisa Carter
    CFNC is proud to announce the Van Metre Companies’ sponsorship of our 3801 classroom through our Adopt-a-Classroom program. CFNC’s model is to be in the community we serve in order to make school accessible to all families. Our 3801 classroom is located at 3801 Mount Vernon Avenue in the Tenant & Workers Building. With new floors, a fresh coat of paint, and a little bit of magic, this store-front-esque space has been converted into a warm pre-kindergarten classroom where high quality education and learning occurs on a regular basis. Thanks to Van Metre Companies for supporting this class! Based locally…
  • Meet Tiffany and Alijah

    May 22, 2018 Anna Shults
    "I'm learning how to write my name." says five-year-old Alijah, student at CFNC. Alijah is not shy about showing the skills he's gained at CFNC. After learning to count to 100, he walked through the administrative offices counting to 100 for each staff member. Alijah is now a five year old in one of our Wheeler classrooms. His mother, Tiffany, first enrolled Alijah in CFNC’s programs for convenience purposes – our hours (8:00 am to 6:pm) allowed her to work full time and get Alijah to and from school on time. Our location on Wheeler Ave was accessible. But as…
  • A Visit from Senator Ebbin and Delegate Levine

    May 9, 2018 Anna Shults
      On May 8th, 2018, The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) was honored to have Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin and Virginia State Delegate Mark Levine visit two of CFNC’s eight preschool classrooms. We discussed the importance of early education, especially for at-risk children. Ebbin and Levine were able to see firsthand how important preschool is for children from low-income families in Alexandria. CFNC provides early education for 138 children living at or below 250% of poverty.  It is extremely difficult for these families to access reliable, high-quality childcare and early learning without CFNC.  And CFNC can’t operate without…
  • CFNC Raises Record-Setting Donations at Recent Annual Spring Benefit

    May 9, 2018 Anna Shults
    The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) Receives Record-Setting Donations at Recent Annual Spring Benefit More than $200K raised to help provide pre-k education and family support services to those living in Alexandria at 250% of the poverty level or below ALEXANDRIA, VA-This past Friday, The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) hosted its Annual Spring Benefit in Belle Haven at the home of Catie Meyer. The event generated a record-setting amount of funds raised by the organization, tallying at more than $200,000. The funds will help CFNC provide caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to 138 at-risk…