• 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…
  • CFNC Partners with Ben & Jerry’s on Free Cone Day 2018!

    March 30, 2018 Lisa Carter
    On April 4, 2017 the community came together to eat free ice cream and support low-income preschoolers in Alexandria! During Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day in 2017, you raised over $5,000 to provide a free early education to Alexandria's preschoolers. All of us at CFNC were amazed at how the incredible people of Alexandria and National Harbor came out to support their community. Because of your support, 136 children entered kindergarten in September, 2017 not just ready to learn, but achieved academic results that were levels ahead of the kindergarten readiness standard! Thank you for making that happen. On…
  • Supporting Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development

    March 15, 2018 Lisa Carter
    The first five years of a child's life are critical for developing their social-emotion skills. Social-emotional development includes experiences, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others (Cohen and others 2005). These skills are vital for when a child enters elementary school and eventually, the workplace. At CFNC, we encourage positive social-emotional development in the classroom as well as outside the classroom during interactions and sessions with our Family Service Workers (FSW). Here are some of the strategies our FSWs use that you can use at home to encourage positive development: Reward…
  • CFNC Students Move2Learn

    February 26, 2018 Lisa Carter
    “To achieve the precision of the mature brain, stimulation in the form of movement and sensory experiences during the early developing years is necessary” (Greenough & Black, 1992; Shatz, 1992). As part of CFNC's curriculum, teachers incorporate movement in the classroom on a daily basis. When using movement and physical activity in the classroom, we're helping students encode, store, and process information much more efficiently and effectively. When used most effectively, movement helps children make connections to the content their learning, while simultaneously stimulating their body (and having fun at the same time!). Rather than physical activity or movement be…