• Brenda

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Betty, a 30-year-old mother of two from Guatemala, speaks no English and never made it past primary school. Her son, Daniel, began preschool at CFNC at the age of three. His teachers noticed behavioral red flags and Daniel joined a behavioral skills group lead by a CFNC social worker. In his second year at CFNC, the social worker referred Daniel to Child Find, which resulted in an IEP with accommodations for speech, language, and developmental issues. During this period Betty gave birth to her second child and was soon informed they would be evicted for having another child. Betty’s CFNC…
  • The Naz Family

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Being a stranger in a strange land can be a very disorienting and isolating experience. The Naz family, like many new Americans, arrived in the United States and found themselves without a community to call their own. Thousands of miles from family and friends, the family finally found the Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) and were able to enroll both of their children in our program. Saima, the mother, immediately enrolled in the CFNC’s Family Support Services. Social Workers helped the parents identify goals and establish functional plans to meet their objectives. Saima also enrolled in CFNC’s ESL classes…
  • Meet Nkunzi

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Nkunzi Rukundo unexpectedly lost her job. This single mom of four from Africa didn’t know where to turn for help. She had been living in the United States for 10 years and friends told her about The Child and Family Network Centers. When she enrolled her child in our preschool, she met with one of our social workers, Linda Nsiah, during a home visit. Linda explained all of the services CFNC offers and based on the rapport Linda built, Nkunzi felt comfortable enough to let her know that she had recently lost her job as a home health aide because…
  • Meet Kim

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    “We are able to relate to the families. Teachers here really want to help, so they work hard to learn what families are going through” says Kim Moten, a former CFNC mother and a CFNC teacher for 25 years. In fact, 75% of our teachers are former mothers of CFNC students, women who – with our help – successfully sought higher levels of education and training to become certified educators.
  • Meet Jose

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Jose, the child of immigrants from El Salvador with full time jobs, had no English language skills and regularly threw tantrums in the classroom. After one year at CFNC, Jose is speaking English in full sentences, loves to come to school, and enjoys playing with the dinosaurs and building blocks. His improved behavior, language acquisition and increased parental support have set him up to succeed in the English-only public kindergarten he will attend in the fall.
  • Xavier

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    When Nancy came to CFNC she had already taken her four-year-old son, Xavier, to the Children’s Hospital for developmental and behavioral evaluations. A CFNC social worker began meeting with Xavier, alone and in a behavior skills group. Nancy also met with the social worker for individual counseling. CFNC helped Xavier through an evaluation with Child Find, and supported Nancy through Xavier’s diagnoses. Xavier recently graduated preschool, and entered Kindergarten on-par with his peers.
  • Tesfamariam Family

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Michal is a happy four-year-old who loves to draw pictures. After two years in CFNC’s preschool classroom, she received top scores on her kindergarten readiness tests. Her older brother, Joshua, also attended CFNC and is considered the family scholar. Finishing up the first grade, he loves school and excels academically. “My son is in first grade now and he is an outstanding student because of this preschool,” said their dad. CFNC social workers helped this family achieve a number of goals over the past three years. Michal and Joshua’s mother completed a computer training course, applied for college scholarships and…
  • Moten Family

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    For 25 years, Kim Moten has taught preschool at The Child and Family Network Centers. CFNC’s founder, Barbara Mason, first met Kim when her two daughters, Kendra and Erika, were students at CFNC. It was Barbara who got Kim interested in teaching preschool. Kim started as an assistant teacher, and began taking classes toward a teaching degree. Kim believes the high number of parents who have become CFNC teachers demonstrates the reach and power of CFNC’s programs. She says, “We are able to relate to the families. Teachers here really want to help, so they work hard to improve families’…
  • CFNC Alumni Thriving in Middle School

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Two former CFNC students, Melanie and Amy, are now thriving in middle school. When Melanie started school, she was very shy and almost never spoke, even at home. After a few weeks of school, Melanie began talking, in both English and Spanish. Every afternoon she began telling her mother about what she learned that day. Amy also loved CFNC. She adored her teachers and took an interest in science lessons. Today both girls are straight A students. Melanie is in 8th grade and Amy is in 6th grade. Melanie is in honors classes and won a writing award last year.…
  • Help for a Struggling Learner

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Esly is one of those children you immediately fall in love with the minute you see her smile. But from the smile on her face, you wouldn’t know she is struggling with her words. Esly’s mother had been concerned about her daughter’s speech and language delays for quite some time but did not know where to turn. In a one-on-one consultation with CFNC’s Director of Family Support Services, Esly’s mother expressed her worries about her daughter’s speech and language delays. The solution was a referral to Child Find, Alexandria’s public school support system. Esly will now receive early intervention services…