In 1984, a group of mothers living in public housing watched seven of their children fail kindergarten and decided to do something about it. From that modest beginning, The Child and Family Network Centers was born, and has since expanded both the reach and depth of its programs, serving nearly 200 at-risk children and their families. Most are immigrants who live substantially below the poverty line, have on average an 8th grade education (at most), and speak English as a second language. CFNC provides, at no cost, the high-quality preschool education and related services that children and families need to prepare and empower themselves for success in school and in life. Early education, health services, family support, English language learning, and financial literacy programs are provided onsite in Alexandria, where families are doubly disadvantaged, economically and linguistically. Recognized for outstanding service by the Annie E Casey Foundation and former Virginia Governor and current Senator Mark Warner, CFNC offers comprehensive care that really addresses the problem. You can be part of the solution.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-City of Alexandria; City of Alexandria; Arlandria; Lynnhaven; Charles Houston; West End

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: CFNC has classrooms in the Alexandria City Public Schools


  • Number of children served living at or below 250% of poverty :   136
  • Number of classrooms that maintained full 2-year state licensure:   8
  • Number of children who demonstrated an average developmental gain of three times the national average in FY2016:   155
  • Number of children that received hearing, vision, and dental screenings in FY2016:   175
  • Number of parents who achieved two or more goals - such as English acquisition or job stability - in FY2016:   131

Awards & Recognition

• In collaboration with Northern Virginia Families Services, CFNC began the first Spanish-speaking perinatal support group for Latino women in Spring 2012. The biweekly meetings have averaged three to six participants per class, and attendance is growing by word of mouth.

• CFNC became one of the first programs in the country to receive accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To achieve NAEYC accreditation, early childhood education programs are measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health, and safety.

• The Child and Family Network Centers is among the first preschool programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive a 4-star rating as part of the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, a quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs.

• The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington selected The Child & Family Network Centers to be featured in the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 Catalogue. CFNC was one of 70 outstanding nonprofits to be featured that year. “Charities were selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact,” said Barbara Harman, President and Editor. “These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region.”

CFNC was selected as one of Northern Virginia’s top preschools by Northern Virginia Magazine.

CFNC is part of GuideStar, a “one stop online shop” for donors, funders, researchers, educators, governing agencies, and the media who want to gain quality information on non-profit organizations.

CFNC is among the first preschool programs in Virginia to receive a star rating as part of the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, a quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs. CFNC’s classrooms obtained three and four star ratings (out of five stars).

CFNC received a three star rating on charity navigator in 2013.

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Child & Family Network Centers is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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