• 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…
  • Meet CFNC’s Family Service Workers

    February 2, 2018 Lisa Carter
    Families are vitally important to children's academic success. CFNC's program is designed to include the families in their child's education to ensure that when students and families leave CFNC, they are both equipped with the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. CFNC has 3 amazing social workers that work with students in the classroom, addresses social and emotional issues, and works with each family to help set goals to support their child's education. While they each come from different backgrounds, all of them are dedicated to making sure every family gets the support they need.…
  • CFNC Alumni: Where are they now?

    January 19, 2018 Lisa Carter
    Nothing warms our hearts at CFNC more than reconnecting with former students. So when we got in touch with Angela Lankford back in December and heard her story, we knew we wanted to share it with  you, too. In 2018, we're making it goal to reconnect with as many alumni as possible. One question we get asked a lot is - "where are your students now?" Our goal for 2018 is to find out, and share those stories with you. Oh, and one more thing you should know about Angela - not only is she a former student. She's a…
  • Alexandria Community Spreads Holiday Cheer to CFNC Students

    January 3, 2018 Lisa Carter
    Every December, CFNC looks to individuals, businesses, and organizations to host holiday parties in our eight classrooms to help spread some holiday cheer to our students. All of our students make a wishlist of what they want, and our incredible partners in the community will collect the gifts, plan holiday crafts, and bring delicious treats into the classroom. Some groups even brought a real Santa Claus to hand out gifts! Like our classrooms, each party was wonderfully unique. One group did a holiday themed puppet show, another group planned game stations that included wrapping their CEO in toilet paper! In…
  • CFNC Parents Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

    December 7, 2017 Lisa Carter
    On Friday, December 1, CFNC held its first Parent Workshop of the 2017-2018 school year. Every year, CFNC holds five Parent Workshops on topics that are relevant to our families. This workshop was about our upcoming parent-teacher conferences and helping our families know what to expect and how to be prepared. For many of our families, these upcoming parent-teacher conferences are the first they will have attended, so knowing what to expect before they arrive, will help them get the most out the experience. At the upcoming parent-teacher conferences, our teachers will be sharing details about their child's education including:…
  • Vision Screenings are Underway!

    November 21, 2017 Lisa Carter
    The month of November is almost over and we are almost done with our vision screenings! Good vision is essential for academic success and vision screenings help identify vision problems early. If an issue is addressed during a vision screenings, our social workers work with our families to make sure that the student gets the extra care he or she needs. In addition to our vision screenings, our students also receive hearing, dental, and developmental screenings to make sure all of our students are happy and healthy! Last year, as a direct result of our vision screenings, 22 of our students…
  • CFNC Coat Drive Keeps Kids Warm for the Winter

    October 27, 2017 Lisa Carter
    Though Fall has been here for a few weeks now, the leaves are changing colors and the weather is (finally) getting colder. That means that appropriate winter clothes are so important for our students. Many of CFNC students walk to school, which means without the proper winter attire, those students are at an increased risk of frequent absences. That’s why every year, CFNC hosts a winter coat drive. We are always amazed by the community’s response and unwavering generosity. Countless individuals, businesses, and organizations have participated this year to ensure that every single one of our 138 students have the…
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Applied Policy

    October 11, 2017 Lisa Carter
    Applied Policy, a health policy and reimbursement consulting company, recently joined the CFNC family as an Adopt-A-Classroom sponsor when they adopted the Wheeler 1 classroom for the 2017-2018 school year. CEO and President Jim Scott and along with Senior Vice President John Voorhees, are two local business leaders who are committed to improving the lives of Alexandria’s low-income children. It is because of Applied Policy’s generosity, passion, and commitment that the 18 children and two teachers in Wheeler 1 will have all of the materials they need for the entire school year. We wanted to learn more about Applied Policy’s…