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  • Vision Screenings are Underway!

    November 21, 2017 Susan Keightley
    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 Susan Keightley
    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 Susan Keightley
    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…
  • Thanks For All the Supplies!

    September 20, 2017 Susan Keightley
    Over the summer, we held our annual School Supply Drive - collecting much needed school supply items for our teachers and students. Our goal is to stock each classroom with all the materials they will need for the entire year, allowing our teachers and students to focus on the lessons and learning, and taking away the pressure of limited supplies. The response this year was overwhelming - how immensely lucky we are to be part of such a great community. Churches, individuals, and corporations all came out to support Alexandria's low-income preschoolers. Without the support of the community, our students…
  • CFNC Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

    September 19, 2017 Susan Keightley
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2017 Contact: Frances Reimers Tel: (202) 731-2649 Email: frances@yourfirestarter.com The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) Board of Directors welcomes six new members to its board of Directors to focus on financial sustainability and strategic growth. ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Child & Family Network Centers’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of six new members to the board of directors. The new appointments are: Lisa Herget, Ilene Lewis, Tyler Massey, Abhisek Mitra, Frances Reimers, and Kari Shapero. “We are thrilled to welcome our new additions to the Board of Directors. Each of these individuals’…
  • Nautilus Coaching & Consulting’s President Elected to Chair CFNC Board

    September 19, 2017 Susan Keightley
    The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) Board of Directors welcomes Heather O’Neill Jelks as the new Board chair to focus on strategic growth. ALEXANDRIA, VA-Nautilus Coaching & Consulting is pleased to announce that Heather O’Neill Jelks, President, has officially assumed the position of Board Chair of The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC). CFNC is a local Alexandria nonprofit that provides free preschool education for 138 children and families living at or below 250% of the poverty line, who earn too much to qualify for Head Start but not enough to afford their children with a private preschool education.…
  • CFNC Celebrates the First Week of School!

    September 11, 2017 Susan Keightley
    Tuesday, September 5 was the first day of school and we finally welcomed a brand new group of students into our classrooms for the year. For almost all of our students, this is their very first time in the classroom. For some, it’s their first time being around other children outside of their family. It’s a big change for them, and the first day often brings some tears. Each day, the tears die down and it becomes easier and easier to let go of family members and jump into the school day. This year, CFNC is serving 138 children across…
  • Greenfield Senior Living Renovates our 3801 Classroom!

    August 29, 2017 Susan Keightley
    “Oh my gosh, it’s so beautiful!” This was Ana Ventura’s, teacher at 3801, reaction upon walking into her newly renovated classroom. Not only does she now have brand new floors and a fresh coat of paint on the walls, but now she also has a chalkboard wall that goes all the way to the floor so the students can practice their letters. This incredible renovation is all because of the kindness and generosity of our Adopt-A-Classroom sponsor, Greenfield Senior Living. They set everything up, including finding and scheduling the company to complete the renovation! We knew it would be an…
  • Rebel Fit USA Partners with CFNC to Provide School Supplies for At-risk Preschoolers

    August 10, 2017 Susan Keightley
    We are so excited that CFNC was chosen by Rebel Fit USA to be a beneficiary at their 4th annual Rebel Fitnic! The Fitnic will benefit CFNC's School Supply Drive and we cannot thank Rebel Fit enough for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful event. Having the proper school supplies is vital to making sure our students are ready to learn. School supplies are often an expense that our families can't afford. Having the necessary school and craft supplies allows our teachers to plan thoughtful, creative lessons for our students without worrying about what supplies are available.…
  • Spring Benefit Auction Winners Have Fun at Fenway

    July 28, 2017 Susan Keightley
    Mike and Louise Kenny won our Fun at Fenway package at our Spring Benefit auction and had a great time! Here's what she had to say about her trip: "We had a great time in Boston. Hotel was beautiful, hip and well located. Dinner at Strega Waterfront was amazing. Tour of Fenway was great fun, full of Red Sox trivia. We took a Freedom Trail tour which was educational and fun. Improv club was interesting and highly creative. Thanks to CFNC for a fun time. Knowing that this trip supported CFNC was the real joy of the trip." All of the…