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  • 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 Anna Shults
    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 Anna Shults
    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 Anna Shults
    “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 Anna Shults
    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 Anna Shults
    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 Anna Shults
    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 Anna Shults
    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:…