• School Closure 1-20-2022

  • We are Hiring!

    We are currently looking for a Development Director!

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  • You helped us raise $30,170 during Spring2ACTion!

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to CFNC during Spring2ACTion! Together, we raised $30,170 to continue our mission of providing a free preschool and health and family services to Alexandria’s children.

    Thank you!

  • CFNC Partners with Lilly Pulitzer in Old Town for Spring2ACTion!

    CFNC has partnered with Lilly Pulitzer’s Old Town store for “Shop for a Cause” on Spring2ACTion.

    From 11am – 6pm on Wednesday, April 28, 10% of sales will support CFNC’s free preschool program for Alexandria’s kids. Bring your friends, boost your wardrobe, and give back to your community!

    Learn more about Spring2ACTion

    See more from Lilly Pulitzer

  • CFNC Named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work in 2021 by The Nonprofit Times

    CFNC is proud to be named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work in 2021 by the Nonprofit Times!

    Read more about what makes CFNC a great place to work

  • CFNC Featured on Great.com!

    CFNC has been featured on Great.com Talks With… podcast! Executive Director, Jacquelyn Horstmann, sits down with the hosts of the podcast to talk about how CFNC creates equitable early learning opportunities.

    Listen here!

  • CFNC’s Virtual Spring Benefit is on April 22

    CFNC’s inaugural Spring Benefit is going virtual! Join us on Thursday, April 22 on 7PM for an evening of celebrating our mission, our community, and our students and families.

    Buy your tickets here!

  • CFNC Beneficiary of 2021 Run! Geek! Run! 5k

    CFNC is the beneficiary of the 2021 Run! Geek! Run! 5k, hosted by Ironistic and HudsonLake. This year’s event will be on Sunday, September 26, 2021, right here in Alexandria!

    Sign up today!

  • CFNC Featured on WJLA

    CFNC has been featured on WJLA!

    Click here to view the full piece

  • Our Racial Equity Vision

    We are committed to anti-racism. The harm inflicted by over 400 years of unequal access to opportunities has led to systemic inequities and injustice in our communities. We recognize that access to high-quality, caring, early childhood education is a privilege, but should be a right for all families. Our mission is to resist against this pattern of systemic oppression by working with all community stakeholders to provide equitable, inclusive and holistic support for our families at CFNC.

    We acknowledge that our commitment to anti-racism must be upheld by all members of our CFNC board of directors and staff. We pledge to serve as an ally in our community and to work diligently to maintain an environment that recognizes, understands, respects, appreciates and encourages the unique racial, cultural, socio-economic and religious differences of each member of the CFNC family.

  • CFNC Featured on Voice of America!

    CFNC has been featured in a Voice of America segment about child care centers seeing an increase in need due to COVID-19. Check out our part of this story featuring our teacher Chanelle Robinson, our ED Jacquelyn Horstmann Didio, and one of our parents, Esau Muñoz. It’s filmed at our headquarters on Wheeler and you can start watching at 1:48.

    We have the most amazing teachers and team who are ensuring our families are supported in the ways they ask for and need during the Covid19 pandemic.

    Click here to see CFNC on Voice of America!

  • Parents: CFNC’s New Sick Policy | Que Hago Si Mi Hijo Esta Enfermo?

    Alexandria Public Health has implemented a new sick policy for child care centers and schools. Parents, if you’re child is sick, please follow these four steps!

    1. Stay home
    2. Tell your child’s teacher
    3. Follow all recommendations from doctors, school personnel and Public Health
    4. Provide a doctor’s note

    Click here for more information

  • We are hosting a School Supply Drive!

    We can’t wait to finally hear the pitter patter of students’ feet in the classroom again! But before we reopen, we need to have the supplies we need to support our students’ education. That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in our School Supply Drive, and help our students start the year off with the supplies they need to be successful.

    Check out our wish list here

  • Take a look at CFNC’s Reopen plan

    CFNC is reopening! We’re taking extra precautions to make sure our children, families, and staff are safe and healthy.

    Check out our Reopen Plan

  • We Stand United. Estamos Unidos. ባአንድነት እንቆማለን.

    As a multi-cultural, multi-racial community, we acknowledge there are many different experiences with racism and we must do better for our students and families to make sure we are not perpetuating racism intentionally or unintentionally. We are a preschool filled with families who come from over 24 different countries and speak 14 different languages. 100% of our students are black and brown. These recent events impact all of our families at CFNC and we stand together with them.

    Read our full statement here

  • CFNC Partnership with Sevatec Featured by WJLA

    CFNC and Sevatec’s partnership to provide food for our families attracted the attention of local news outlet, WJLA, which featured an article about our work helping feed families in need!

    Read the article here

  • CFNC Partners with Amazon to Close the Digital Divide

    Through the hard work and dedication of our Advisory Council, CFNC partnered with Amazon to provide every student with a free Kindle, Kids Edition with ClassDojo already downloaded on it. Now, they can continue their education while they’re staying safe at home!

    Read more here

  • CFNC Raises $43,932 on #Spring2ACTion

    On Wednesday, April 15, Alexandria came together to support our city’s incredible nonprofits on ACT for Alexandria’s 24-hour online giving event, Spring2ACTion. In 24-hours, CFNC was able to raise $43,932 to support our COVID-19 relief efforts.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed and supported!

  • Tasteful Affairs Catering Rolls Out Meal Kit Delivery Service – Donates Part of Proceeds

    Tasteful Affairs Catering, a local gourmet catering company, is rolling out a meal kit delivery service and has pledged 5% of the proceeds to be shared with The Child & Family Network Centers and The Campagna Center

    Enjoy a gourmet meal from the comfort of your own home by ordering a meal kit today AND give back to two wonderful education organizations in your community.

    Click here for more information

  • CFNC Hands Out Over 100 Bags of Food – and more ways to get involved

    Since the announcement that Alexandria City Public Schools is closed for the rest of the year, CFNC reached out to the community to collect food for our students and families. To date, we’ve already handed out over 100 bags of food and we’re just beginning!

    Click here to read more about our drives and initiatives 

  • CFNC Closes Monday and How You Can Help

    It’s been quite a week for our country and community, and I hope to hear you are all safe and healthy.

    ACPS is closed, and so, we will also be closing for the rest of the school year.

    We are grounded in our mission at CFNC: to provide free preschool and related services to our families in their own communities. Every day, our superstar team of teachers, family support workers, and administrative team balance the health and the needs of our community. We recognize that this is an uncertain time, but we want you to know, our team is prepared for whatever comes our way.

    Read more here


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

Our Financials

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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.


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