Forty-five children in the West End area of Alexandria will have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten educational services in new Child and Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) classroom space.
CFNC used a combination of public funding, private contributions, and pro bono support from across the Alexandria community to create classroom space in a West End apartment complex. The Alexandria City Council approved $41,000 for the renovation as a part of their initiative to expand access to Early Education in the community. The rest came from private donations including Marietta McNeil Morgan and Samuel Tate Morgan Jr. Trust, Van Metre Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
“Early education is a priority for The City of Alexandria and we are honored to partner with The Child and Family Network Centers to provide free preschool to Alexandria families in this underserved community,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson.
Local architect, Mike Detomo of Cole and Denny Architects, donated his services to design the space. Biscayne Contractors completed the renovation and provided pro bono services to ensure the project was completed on-time and on-budget.
“In 1984, mothers in Alexandria started CNFC to ensure their children would be ready to learn when they started school. Today, we are proud to continue their vision by opening these classrooms in the neighborhood where they are needed the most. All of Alexandria’s children deserve access to high-quality pre-K, and adding these classrooms to the other 6 we operate ensures children in our community are ready to learn and succeed,” said Lisa Ferrari Carter, Executive Director of CFNC.