CFNC provides high-quality, free preschool and related services to at-risk children and their families.


Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 children in Alexandria live in poverty?

At CFNC, we provide Northern Virginia's working poor with tools for successful futures. Preschool for children, ESL classes and social services for their parents are offered on-site and for free. Children graduate from our program with the skills needed to excel in kindergarten and beyond; parents learn how to promote their children's education and be self-sufficient.

From the beginning:

The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) was started in 1984 by a group of mothers living in a public housing community in Alexandria, VA after they learned that 7 of their children failed kindergarten. Today 159 children and their families living in poverty benefit from CFNC's comprehensive programs.

Who we serve:

CFNC serves an extremely diverse population, represented by 20 countries and 12 different languages spoken with ethnicities ranging from Nepalese and Eritrean to Mongolian and Honduran and Pakistani. 76% of students are Hispanic, 21% are African American, 3% are Asian/Pacific Islander. 100% of the children that attend our programs are eligible for USDA sponsored free/reduced-price lunch, 80% have Limited English Proficiency, and the average educational level of the parents is 8th grade.

Our approach:

CFNC provides the following services, free of charge:

(1) Early Childhood Education

(2) Family Support Services

(3) English classes for parents

What distinguishes CFNC from others in the field is that our comprehensive programs are designed to meet the needs of children who are not eligible for other programs. In addition, our neighborhood sites give us a very important advantage over other programs that offer preschool, health and family support services. We are located in communities where the families live. Although residents are frequently distrustful of outside organizations, CFNC is viewed as an accepted member of the community.


In 2010, The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington named CFNC one of the best small non-profit organizations in the Greater DC area and CFNC was selected as one of Northern Virginia’s top preschools by Northern Virginia Magazine. Additionally, CFNC is among the first preschool programs in the Commonwealth to receive a star rating as part of the Virginia Star Quality Initiative. CFNC’s classrooms obtained three and four star ratings (out of a possible five stars).

Your help is critical for us to continue to fulfill our mission. Our preschool waiting list is 130+. Know you will change lives.

To learn more about CFNC, the work we do, or the population we serve, please visit our website:


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