• CFNC Welcomes a New Executive Director

    The Child & Family Network Centers’ is please to announce that Jacquelyn Horstmann Didio has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Didio will officially assume the position on February 3rd, 2020.

    Read more here.

  • CFNC Receives Grant to Develop a Racial Equity in Early Learning Plan

    CFNC is so proud to have been one of the grantees for ACT for Alexandria’s Capacity Building grants to develop a Racial Equity in Early Learning Plan, centering those impacted by racial inequalities, to ensure that we are providing a safe, welcoming, multi-cultural space for every family.

    Read more here!

  • Save the Date: CFNC’s Annual Spring Benefit is May 1

    CFNC’s Spring Benefit is on May 1, 2020 at 7PM. With gourmet food, amazing cocktails, and a luxurious live and silent auction, this is going to be an event you won’t want to miss.

    Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the most popular events in Alexandria!

    Get your tickets here


  • Whole Foods Partners with CFNC to Make a Big Impact

    CFNC has been chosen as the beneficiary of Whole Foods’ “Nickels for Nonprofits” program! From now until June 1, 2020, bring your reusable bag to the Whole Foods on Duke Street and a nickel will be automatically donated to CFNC. Now you can buy your groceries AND change lives – what could be better?

    Where: Whole Foods Market – 1700 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    When: Now until June 1, 2020

    How: Bag your groceries with your reusable bag

    Why: Alexandria’s low-income children deserve a high-quality early education that will set them up for success in school and in life!

    Questions? Contact Anna Shults at ashults@cfnc-online.org or (703) 836-0214 ext. 227

  • CFNC Opens Two Classrooms in Alexandria’s West End

    On October 26, CFNC celebrated the grand opening of two brand new classrooms in Alexandria’s West End.

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  • CFNC is Featured in the Zebra!

    The Zebra Press, Alexandria’s source for local news, has featured CFNC’s work in the community in their latest issue. Read more about how our work is giving children the boost they need by clicking the link below. 

    Read more here

  • Read our 2018 Annual Report and Strategic Plan!

    Our Annual Report for the 2017-2018 school year is here along with our three year Strategic Plan. Read through to see the impact of your support and how your support will help propel us toward a brighter future. 

    Click here to read our 2018 Annual Report

    Click here to read our Three-Year Strategic Plan

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  • CFNC and Alexandria chosen as grantee of Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

    Congratulations Alexandria for being chosen as one of only six grantees by the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), to receive funding for innovative approaches to expanding access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children in Alexandria. We are excited to work with our community partners – The City of Alexandria Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools, The Campagna Center, Bruhn Morris Foundation, Creative Play School, ALIVE CDC and ACT for Alexandria – to help more at risk children access early education in our community.

Our History

CFNC was started in 1984 by a group of mothers living in a public housing community after they learned that 17 of their children failed kindergarten. From that modest beginning, CFNC has continuously grown both the reach and depths of its programs in response to community need. CFNC currently serves 138 children and their families in 8 preschool classrooms in Alexandria.

“It’s hard to argue with a preschool program that shows twice the student gains of other programs, especially when that program serves low-income families.”

- Northern Virginia Magazine

Our Staff

  • Jacquelyn Horstmann Didio

    Executive Director

  • Blanca Herrera

    Lead Teacher

  • Jeaneth Paredes


  • Sulma Cisneros

    Operations and Outreach Associate

Our Financials

  • Year 2018

Year 2018

Source of Funding
Fund Amount
% of Total
State Government
Individuals and Community Grants
Local Government
In-Kind Donations

Our Board

Access to quality preschool is a predictor of school success. That’s why when a group of Alexandria children living in public housing failed kindergarten, their moms rallied by helping form The Child & Family Network Centers.Today, CFNC is an Alexandria-based network of 8 free, high-quality bi-lingual preschools that provide low-income children with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. CFNC fills a void ensuring that children of the working poor have ongoing access to preschool so that they start elementary school on par with their classmates.Beyond preschool, CFNC helps the whole family by providing comprehensive educational and supportive services. It works. CFNC students have developmental gains that are three times the national average and start kindergarten ready to learn.

Careers at CFNC

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? Learn about career opportunities at The Child and Family Network Centers.


Our Partners