$50 can help CFNC provide one day of preschool, completely changing the life trajectory of an underprivileged child.
The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC)
For the past 32 years, The Child & Family Network Centers' (CFNC) mission has been to provide caring, high-quality, free early childhood education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare them for success in school and life. Based in Alexandria, VA, CFNC was started in 1984 by a group of mothers living in public housing after their seventeen of their children failed kindergarten. Determined that this would not be the case for any more children in their neighborhood, a teacher was hired, a classroom secured, and CFNC was born.
Although we had a humble beginning, our impact has been anything but. CFNC has expanded to become the only nonprofit organization in Alexandria, Virginia that provides quality bilingual preschool and family support services free of charge to the working poor.
CFNC operates in Alexandria's distressed communities with high concentrations of people who speak little to no English. We serve children who are considered "at-risk" for school failure by age four and their families, who live at or below 250% of poverty.
Our core expertise is three-fold:
- We reach families that are often left behind and not served by other programs;
- We provide a full range of educational, family, and health services that are based on the needs of our clients and are offered free of charge. All of our services are bilingual and culturally sensitive;
- We provide programs that improve the quality of life for the entire community.
CFNC makes dramatic strides in closing the achievement gap. Our program is so successful, CFNC has been praised by President Obama's "Preschool for All" initiative as a national model for high-quality, bilingual preschools. We are also one of the first programs in the country to receive accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children-measured against the most concentrated and rigorous national standards for education, health, and safety.