• Weekly Roundup: Teachers are Back in Action!

    August 31, 2018 Maggie K
    At CFNC, we’re always looking for the best ways to keep you up to date about what’s happening, both in the classroom and the office. With school kicking off in just 5 days (September 5th – whoa!) we’re trying something new! Each week, we’ll do a “weekly roundup” so you can see the inner workings of our organization. From teachers implementing new activities that align to our new curriculum, to volunteer events, to CFNC out in the community, we’ll share as much as we can.   All you need to do is read and enjoy. If you have any friends…
  • Meet Allison

    August 24, 2018 Anna Shults
    When Allison started at CFNC, she was terrified. She had never been inside a classroom setting, and cried hysterically when leaving mom’s side each morning. Her anxiety kept her from talking in class and making friends. Sometimes school made her so nervous, she would get sick. Allison’s teachers, social worker, family, and outside resources worked together to get Allison the support that she needed. With specific strategies in place just for her, Allison slowly opened up. In November, Allison stuck close to her teacher’s side, and rarely participated in class. By April, Allison could be found playing dress up with…
  • Meet Zayna

    August 24, 2018 Anna Shults
    It’s simple. An unhealthy child isn’t at their fullest potential to learn and grow. And we don’t just mean a sick child – we mean a child who can’t see, who might have hearing issues, a tooth ache, speech or developmental delays, or even has poor eating habits. CFNC’s goal is to knock down as many barriers as possible for our students so that they can focus on reaching their full potential and grow up as happy, healthy, and intelligent people. That’s why our health and wellness program is so important. If you’ve visited our classrooms at any point in…
  • Meet Caspian

    August 24, 2018 Anna Shults
    Many of CFNC’s students start the school year far below the developmental range for literacy skills. If you met Caspian today, you’d never guess that he was one of those students. In September, Caspian could hardly recognize the alphabet, make letter sounds, or write his name. At the beginning of the year, Caspian’s absences were frequent. His mom, a single mother of five children (Caspian being the youngest), had difficulty finding reliable transportation to get Caspian to school every day. CFNC noticed these absences, and instead of giving warnings to the parent, Caspian’s teachers, family support worker, and CFNC’s Program…
  • See What’s Been Happening This Summer at CFNC!

    August 10, 2018 Anna Shults
    A lot has been happening at CFNC this summer. From reinstating our summer program, to planning the first annual Relay for Pre-K event, needless to say we’ve been pretty busy. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to this summer in case you missed it! Summer Program This summer, CFNC had enough funding to reinstate a Summer Program for some of our students who needed a little extra help before entering kindergarten. We kept them busy this summer! They visited the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the US Botanic Gardens,…
  • CFNC – one of the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s Best Nonprofits – Featured on NBC4 Washington

    July 31, 2018 Anna Shults
    The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) was recognized by the 2018-2019 Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best charities in the DC area. Our comprehensive early education program and health and family services set us apart as leaders in preschool education in the city of Alexandria. This past Sunday, CFNC was featured on NBC4 Washington with Erika Gonzales where Executive Director, Lisa Carter, discussed CFNC’s program and the importance of a high-quality early education for low income children. “Early childhood education is essential because kids’ brains are developing so much between 0-5. Studies show that if they have…
  • The Child & Family Network Centers Holds Annual School Supply Drive

    July 24, 2018 Maggie K
    For Immediate Release July 24, 2018 Contact: Maggie Klefstad Tel: 7038360214 Email: mklefstad@cfnc-online.org The Child & Family Network Centers Holds Annual School Supply Drive Support early education in Alexandria by making sure 138 kids have the supplies they need Alexandria, VA – The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) is holding its annual School Supply Drive during the summer months before the start of the new school year on September 5, 2018. CFNC is collecting hundreds of school supplies to stock our 8 pre-kindergarten classrooms across the city of Alexandria. These supplies will give 138 disadvantaged children what they need…
  • 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…