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  • Brianna’s Story

    July 26, 2017 Anna Shults
    Brianna came to CFNC speaking little to no English, but she is working closely with her teacher to grasp the English language and be ready for the public school system. One day in March, a volunteer came in to read a story to Brianna’s class. The volunteer sat on the rug with the students, and showed them all the illustrations. “Have you ever seen this before,” he asked Brianna, showing her an illustration of a man wearing a hat. Brianna didn’t respond, but that doesn’t mean her brain’s wheels weren’t turning. You could tell just by looking at her that…
  •  The Child & Family Network Centers Named the 2017 Honorable Mention Recipient of the Board Leadership Award

    July 26, 2017 Anna Shults
    Alexandria, VA — The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) was recognized today by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2017 honorable mention recipient of the Board Leadership Award. CFNC was selected for this award based on the hard work it has done in the last two years to become a well-run strategic organization and board of directors. “We are proud to have been selected as a finalist for the Board Leadership Award,” said CFNC Executive Director Lisa Carter. “It is my honor to work beside 15 truly talented board members whose dynamic leadership has helped CFNC to become…
  • Kendra Scott 2017 Fall Launch

    July 17, 2017 Anna Shults
    We are so thrilled to partner with Kendra Scott for the incredible 2017 Fall Launch event on August 9th from 6PM - 9PM at 2920 District Avenue, No. 125, Fairfax, VA 22031! Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Child and Family Network and go toward providing free preschool for Alexandria's most at-risk preschoolers. Be sure to attend to get your hands on some amazing jewelry! For more information on, please contact Maggie Klefstad at mklefstad@cfnc-online.org. Thank you so much Kendra Scott for such an amazing opportunity. We are so grateful for your support!  
  • 2017 Impact Report

    July 17, 2017 Anna Shults
    Take a look at our 2017 impact report to see the incredible impact of your gifts during the 2016-2017 school year! CFNC Impact Report newsletter FY17
  • Come Support CFNC at the Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival!

    July 11, 2017 Anna Shults
    Looking to get out of the house and enjoy this summer weather with the family this upcoming weekend? Come join CFNC this Friday and Saturday, July 14th and 15th, at the Alexandria Comcast 8th Annual Outdoor Film Festival for a weekend of family fun while supporting Alexandria’s at-risk preschoolers. This free, two night movie screening event will take place at Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria at 6:30pm. Friday will screen the family-favorite Moana and Saturday will be the adventurous Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on while watching some of 2017’s…
  • The End to an Incredible School Year

    June 29, 2017 Anna Shults
    The 2016-2017 school year is officially over, we couldn’t be prouder of what the children and their families have accomplished. Thank you to all of our supporters over the past school year for all you've done to give these children the tools they need for success in kindergarten. For most, it was their first year in a classroom setting. On top of their rigorous academic learning, 136 kids improved their social and emotional skills and developed a school routine away from their family. All of these skills allow our students to enter kindergarten on par with their peers.  When CFNC…
  • A Look Back on the Founding of CFNC

    June 7, 2017 Anna Shults
    Today, CFNC's students see developmental gains that are two to three times the national average, and they consistently perform at the top of their classes throughout elementary school. All of this is possible because of a group of brave women who wanted better opportunities for their preschoolers. In 1982, 17 children living in Alexandria’s Cameron Valley public housing development failed kindergarten. It was a 100% failure rate. A group of the kindergartners’ mothers came together - they wanted more for their children. They decided they themselves would prepare their kids for kindergarten; they would do whatever it took. In 1983, Immanuel…
  • Why I Give

    June 2, 2017 Anna Shults
    At CFNC, we are very lucky to have so many supporters who believe in our mission and are passionate about helping under-served children in Alexandria. One of those supporters is Alexandra Normile, whose company, Wells Fargo, adopted our Wheeler 2 classroom for the year of 2016-2017. Alexandra has been involved with CFNC in many ways, from providing winter clothes to hosting holiday parties for the kids. She is such an asset to our organization and deeply cares about the students, which is why she wanted to share why the experience of adopting a classroom has been so rewarding for her…
  • Stephanie’s Story

    May 4, 2017 Anna Shults
    Stephanie At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Stephanie was painfully shy. She struggled to leave her mom each morning, and tears were not uncommon. With this year being her first inside a classroom, some shyness and hesitation was to be expected, but Stephanie seemed to struggle with leaving her family much more than other children in the classroom. She clung to her teachers throughout the day instead of playing with others in the class. She looked sad for most of the day, and was terrified of new people. In September, volunteers came into the classroom to drop off new…
  • Successful Spring Benefit, Presented by Craig and Kari Shapero

    May 4, 2017 Anna Shults
    Thank you to all who attended our 2017 Spring Benefit, Black, White, and Read All Over, presented by Craig and Kari Shapero! Because of you, the night was an incredible success. Together, we raised a total of $163,000 for Alexandria’s most at-risk children. A special thank you to our presenting sponsors Craig and Kari Shapero, as well as our Miracle Maker sponsors – Passport Auto, The Peterson Family Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Linda Weitz. Thank you to Ray and Shaista Mahmood for opening up their beautiful waterfront home to us to host this amazing event. And of…