• Meet Laura, Director of Programs

    September 12, 2016 Anna Shults
    For some people, their direction in life is obscured like a piece of opaque glass. For Laura Greenwood, newly appointed Director of Programs at the Child and Family Network Centers, it was clear as day. “Social advocacy is something I’ve always been interested in,” says Ms. Greenwood, “There is so much suffering as a result of intercommunity tensions. I think through education, we can promote a social unity that could quell these tensions and promote an understanding.” Ms. Greenwood received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the Minnesota State University Moorhead, and worked in the Minnesota…
  • Remembering Barbara Fox Mason

    September 7, 2016 Anna Shults
    We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of the founder and former Executive Director of The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC), Barbara Fox Mason on Sunday, September 4th 2016. For 26 years, Mason worked tirelessly to create programs beyond preschool services for poor and under-served communities in Alexandria and Arlington. Barbara led CFNC since its beginning in 1984. That year, she joined a group of women living in a housing project in Alexandria, and founded the Alexandria Community Network Preschool (now The Child & Family Network Centers). From that humble beginning, she was the driving force behind CFNC’s…
  • Summer Learning for CFNC Students

    August 31, 2016 Anna Shults
    Summer Learning for CFNC Students Thanks to Baroody Camp Summer learning is important especially for children from low-income families. The achievement gap between upper and lower class students widens in the summer months and has a cumulative effect. Why does this happen? It’s mainly because children have unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Children from higher-income families have more access to daily learning activities with their parents, summer camps and other summer learning opportunities (according to Leveraging Summer for Student Success. Summer Matters Partnership for Children & Youth (2014)). In addition, the cumulative effect of the achievement gap can seriously change…
  • Sponsor – a – Child

    August 25, 2016 IT Developement
            The Child and Family Network Centers, a nonprofit provider of early education for children, is proud to announce the new Sponsor-A-Child program, starting with the 2016-2017 school year. Abner and 137 other children like him are waiting for you. How sponsorship works... For less than $1 a day you will prepare a child for future success by providing a strong foundation for their formal education. You will be matched with one of CFNC’s 138 students. You may choose the gender of the child and CFNC will choose the child.  (You will be the only sponsor for…
  • Adopt – A – Class & Change the Lives of 18 Children

    August 5, 2016 IT Developement
    “Look what I got!” exclaimed The Child and Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) preschooler Yorleny, as she opened her new backpack stuffed with school supplies, a book and a toy. You can help a child or even a whole classroom of children experience this same joy. CFNC, a nonprofit provider of early education for children of the working poor, is offering eight corporate partners the opportunity to Adopt – A – Classroom for the 2016-2017 school year. Classroom sponsorships will help fund the supplies needed for each of CFNC’s classrooms to provide high-quality education and meet the needs of vulnerable children.…
  • Your Impact this Year…

    July 20, 2016 IT Developement
    We just wrapped up the 2015-2016 school year and we wanted you - our donors - to be the first to know the impact your giving has made on Alexandria children. The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) thanks each and every one of you for providing brighter futures for 148 vulnerable Alexandria children. CFNC's 2016 Impact Report >>
  • Philanthropist Todd Hitt Makes Largest Donation

    June 24, 2016 IT Developement
    In less than 140-characters, Todd Hitt - founder of private equity firm Kiddar Capital, donated $25,000 on Twitter to The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC). On Thursday, June 23, 2016 CFNC became the recipient of the largest donation ever made on the social media platform – Twitter. The donation was made using #donate, via a social media-driven giving tool from an innovative newcomer – GoodWorld. Hitt’s donation, the first of this magnitude via Twitter, will benefit CFNC’s nine bilingual, tuition-free pre-schools that provide high-quality education to low-income children and families in Alexandria. “This technology is game-changing for fundraising,” stated…
  • Meet Kenneth

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    Thanks to a partnership with Prevention of Blindness providing free vision screenings to all CFNC students, four-year-old Kenneth’s behavior problems have transformed into a love for learning. CFNC worked with Kenneth’s mother to access medical care and payment options for glasses. “I think because he couldn’t see, he was acting up. Once he got the glasses, there was a 180-degree change,” says Kenneth’s CFNC teacher.
  • Denis

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    When Denis started in CFNC’s Birchmere classroom, his teachers and social worker immediately noticed red flags in his behavior. He was aggressive with other students, refused to share, and threw fits when his teachers tried to give him directions. Denis was placed in a social skills group led by a CFNC social worker. Denis met with a CFNC social worker weekly in a group setting to work on understanding and finding words to express his feelings. Elsa, Denis’ mother attended a mother’s support group offered weekly at CFNC. Now, Denis takes directions well, uses his words, follows the classroom routine,…
  • Meet Maria

    June 6, 2016 IT Developement
    An immigrant from Belize with three daughters, she unexpectedly became a single mother while her four-year-old was attending CFNC. We helped her access emergency funds, create a budget, secure part-time jobs and find support through our Mothers Group. Although it is still a struggle, now she fully supports her family.