Fairfax County Office for Children

Fairfax County Office for Children Dedicated to the care, education and healthy development of children in Fairfax County, from birth through elementary school age.

1. Helps families find and pay for child care. 2. Offers fun, safe and educational care for 5-12 year-olds before school, after school and during school vacations in most Fairfax County elementary schools. 3. Inspects family child care homes and issues the Home Child Care Permit. 4. Administers Fairfax County's Head Start program for pregnant women and children up to age 5 from low-income families. 5. Helps child care providers plan and pay for the nutritious meals served to children in their care. 6. Brings families, schools, child care professionals and community organizations together to help children start school ready to succeed. 7. Offers professional development classes to the Fairfax County child care community. 8. Provides high-quality care for 6-week to 5-year-old children of Fairfax County government employees. 9. Partners with Fairfax Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that our community's youngest children are well prepared for success.

Mission: The Fairfax County Office for Children advances the care, education and healthy development of children from birth through elementary school.

Registration for the Fairfax RISE grants will open from June 8-15, 2020! This grant for small businesses and nonprofits ...
06/03/2020
COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Fund | Economic Success

Registration for the Fairfax RISE grants will open from June 8-15, 2020!
This grant for small businesses and nonprofits are available for eligible centers and family child care providers.
In addition, the Women's Business Center is available to provide technical assistance to family child care providers with the application process. If you are a family child care provider and need assistance completing the application, please contact [email protected] .

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/fairfaxrise

Fairfax County, Virginia - This COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Fund offers financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the Coronavirus shutdowns.

Early Childhood programs in Fairfax County – please help us provide families with up to date information about your prog...
06/01/2020

Early Childhood programs in Fairfax County – please help us provide families with up to date information about your program!

The Office for Children is collecting information to help families identify available child care options in the community. We also want to learn about what supplies your program may need to maintain a healthy environment (cleaning and disinfecting) and to support healthy hygiene practices. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey in English or Spanish using the links below.

Thank you in advance for your time and commitment to Fairfax County children and families!

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OFCChildCareSurvey-English-May2020
Español: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/OFCChildCareSurvey-Spanish-May2020

The Office for Children is pleased to share that Kulwant Saini, permitted family child care provider in Fairfax County, ...
05/26/2020

The Office for Children is pleased to share that Kulwant Saini, permitted family child care provider in Fairfax County, has been named the winner of Child Care Aware of Virginia’s 2020 Heart of Service Lifetime Achievement Award: https://vachildcare.com/ccav-events/ccav-awards/. The award and selection is based on longevity, excellence, and a demonstrated commitment to a career of caring for children. Kulwant says that being selected for the award brought her to happy tears. She attributes her success to the fact that she cares for the children as if they were her own. She considers each child to be a part of her family, even after they get older and are no longer in her care. Kulwant is grateful to her colleagues, Child Care Aware of Virginia’s executive director and the families for recognizing her outstanding work. Congratulations Kulwant!

The Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church has gone above and beyond to continue supporting its 1,400+ fa...
05/22/2020
Infant and Toddler Connection Upholds High Level of Early Intervention Services to Families During COVID-19 | Neighborhood and Community Services

The Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church has gone above and beyond to continue supporting its 1,400+ families through telepractice/virtual services. The month of May also happens to be Early Intervention Awareness Month, making this an ideal opportunity to celebrate the work of the early intervention team.

Fairfax County, Virginia - Since COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines were implemented in March, the NCS Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church (ITC) has gone above and beyond to continue supporting its 1,400+ families through telepractice/virtual services.

Donations Needed: Cloth Face Coverings----------------------------The Health Department is asking for your support with ...
05/20/2020
Donations Needed: Cloth Face Coverings - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Donations Needed: Cloth Face Coverings
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The Health Department is asking for your support with the donation of sewn cloth face coverings to protect the most vulnerable within the community. The cloth face covering donations will support our nonprofit providers and the low-income client households they serve.
Have a donation? Please fill out this form: https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=MXMNJMRNX9 or call 931-981-9698 and a member of our donations team will coordinate your donation. Learn more: https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/19/donations-needed-cloth-face-coverings/

Posted at 10 a.m. The Health Department is asking for your support with the donation of sewn cloth face coverings to protect the most vulnerable within the community. The cloth face covering donations will support our nonprofit providers and the low-income client households they serve. Hand-sewn clo...

Did you know that May is Early Intervention Awareness Month? If you have an infant or toddler under 3 years old and are ...
05/19/2020

Did you know that May is Early Intervention Awareness Month? If you have an infant or toddler under 3 years old and are concerned about your child's development, the Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church provides evaluations and early intervention services for infants and toddlers (up to age 3) who have a developmental delay or a diagnosis that may lead to developmental delays. ITC is open and receiving referrals via phone and online referral form. Assessments and services are being offered to families via a HIPAA compliant telepractice platform. If you have questions please call us at 703-246-7121. For more information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/infant-and-toddler-connection

Fairfax County has established a $5 million fund to support nonprofit organizations including nonprofit child care progr...
05/18/2020
Fairfax County Social Safety Net Nonprofit Sustainability Grants Program (NSG) | Procurement and Material Management

Fairfax County has established a $5 million fund to support nonprofit organizations including nonprofit child care programs. Grant amounts of $25,000, $50,000 or $75,000 will be awarded depending on nonprofit size/operating budget. Applications are due by May 22, 2020. More information and grant application can be found at the link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/procurement/nsgrant

Fairfax County, Virginia - The Social Safety Net Nonprofit Sustainability Grants Program (NSG) was created to support 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 nonprofit organizations, whose primary work supports social safety net services to vulnerable populations within Fairfax County

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo
05/18/2020

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo

Fairfax County Public School has announced that eligible FCPS families will receive temporary food assistance from the V...
05/14/2020

Fairfax County Public School has announced that eligible FCPS families will receive temporary food assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed. For families who receive free and reduced-price meals and also receive SNAP benefits, funds will be loaded onto EBT cards in the next two weeks. For families who receive free and reduced-price meals but do not receive SNAP benefits, families will be mailed an EBT card in the next 4-6 weeks. If families do not currently receive free and reduced-price meals but want to apply, applications must be submitted by June 11, 2020 to receive the temporary benefits. Apply here: https://tinyurl.com/y5umyzqj

To learn more, read the full press release: https://tinyurl.com/y86686yt

To all child care providers who nurture, teach, and care for children throughout the county, we thank you!   We recogniz...
05/07/2020

To all child care providers who nurture, teach, and care for children throughout the county, we thank you! We recognize your tireless efforts today and every day for the extraordinary work you do in providing high-quality child care and building a solid foundation for children’s ongoing success.

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo
05/07/2020

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo

Como parte de sus esfuerzos de proveer información del coronavirus y ayuda en muchas lenguas, el Condado Fairfax ahora p...
05/01/2020
Fairfax County Now Offers COVID-19 Text Messages in Spanish - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Como parte de sus esfuerzos de proveer información del coronavirus y ayuda en muchas lenguas, el Condado Fairfax ahora proporciona alertas de texto de COVID-19 en español.

Para inscribirse, textear FFXCOVIDESP a 888777

Posted at 4:25 p.m. See this post in Spanish. As part of its efforts to provide coronavirus-related information and assistance in multiple languages, Fairfax County now provides COVID-19 text alerts in Spanish. To sign up, text FFXCOVIDESP to 888777. This is a free, anonymous service provided throug...

Parenting during this time can present unique challenges. If you are parenting a child age 0-18, Fairfax County’s Depart...
04/27/2020

Parenting during this time can present unique challenges. If you are parenting a child age 0-18, Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services phone line support team is available to offer support, answer questions and provide information and resources. The Support Team is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and can be reached by calling 703-324-7720.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about environmental s...
04/22/2020

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about environmental stewardship and how even the smallest choices we make can have a big impact. Discover activities that you can do with your children to celebrate Earth Day by visiting National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/celebrations/earth-day/
To find out what is being done on the local level, check out the Fairfax County climate action news feed: http://bit.ly/30lf7Zx.

If you are a family child care provider in Fairfax County who missed Tom Copeland’s webinar “How to Survive the Financia...
04/20/2020

If you are a family child care provider in Fairfax County who missed Tom Copeland’s webinar “How to Survive the Financial Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic” on Saturday, you can watch a recording of the webinar this week! Starting tomorrow – Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24 – you can sign up to watch the webinar at various times throughout the day. Tom shares important information about the current options and strategies for you and your business. To find out the times the webinar is offered and how to register, please call 703-324-3044.

The library’s early literacy team is hosting virtual storytimes for preschoolers Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m. You can also...
04/20/2020

The library’s early literacy team is hosting virtual storytimes for preschoolers Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m. You can also browse and enjoy previous storytimes posted on their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FairfaxLibrary

Mr. Rogers has often been a source of comfort in times of crisis, and throughout his life he believed that “there are st...
04/17/2020
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE - Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media

Mr. Rogers has often been a source of comfort in times of crisis, and throughout his life he believed that “there are still so many helpers—so may caring people in this world.” The Fred Rogers Institute is sharing resources for helpers on topics such as talking to children about the coronavirus, self-care and Fred Rogers’ six basic necessities of learning.

To those of you holding many feelings for children in these weeks, thank you. Reorganizing daily life is not easy, but we are grateful to watch the world make efforts large and small to protect vulnerable people. Here are resources from the Fred Rogers Center in addition to partner organizations for...

Today Governor Northam announced how Virginia will use $70 million from the federal CARES Act to support the provision o...
04/15/2020
Governor Northam Announces $70 Million in New Funding to Expand Access to Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today Governor Northam announced how Virginia will use $70 million from the federal CARES Act to support the provision of child care for essential personnel.

“The most important aspect of Virginia’s early care and education system is our dedicated educators, and this past month has made that more evident than ever,” 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐚 𝐍𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐦. “That’s why we fought so hard to get this additional funding to them as quickly as possible.”

Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

The Office for Children joins the The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Northern Vir...
04/14/2020

The Office for Children joins the The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children, the early childhood community and families in celebrating the Week of the Young Child. A week set aside to celebrate young children, and to recognize and thank early childhood teachers and everyone who cares for young children!

Family child care providers are invited to join us for an important webinar, "How to Survive the Financial Impact of the...
04/14/2020

Family child care providers are invited to join us for an important webinar, "How to Survive the Financial Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic," on Saturday, April 18 from 9-11 a.m. Tom Copeland, a recognized national expert in the business of family child care, will share strategies for managing the financial challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. You will learn if you are eligible for the stimulus checks and unemployment, loan options, recordkeeping tips and more. You can also submit questions for Tom to answer. To register, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/v8b2ddg, call 703-324-3044 or email [email protected].

Fairfax County Government
04/09/2020
Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Government

COVID-19: Wellness Resources for You and Your Family
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Maintaining your and your family’s health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic is about more than just protecting against the virus. The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people.

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

To aid you, the people you care about and our community, we have compiled a range of resources and information on a newly created Wellness Resources webpage. Check it out and learn more at the link below.

Fairfax County Government
04/06/2020
Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Government

COVID-19 and Kids: The Problem with Playdates
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With schools closed and the weather turning nicer, this has left some parents asking if it is still okay for their children to see their friends.

We all need to be doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Right now, that means we need to limit contact with others as much as possible, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children should not have playdates or hang out with children from outside their household.

This applies to everyone — including young children and teenagers. If your kids do go outside of the home, it is important to maintain social distance of at least six feet from anyone from outside their own household.

This guidance is in place to limit contact and slow the spread of COVID-19, because even though children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19, and often show similar but milder symptoms than adults, 👉 they can still pass the virus on to others, including older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions.👈

So, what should parents do? First and foremost, remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation, so here are some tips to keep kids busy and healthy: https://bit.ly/2V7jFAM

Children enjoy pasting, tearing and cutting! Creating a collage on a box is fun to do indoors or outside.
04/03/2020

Children enjoy pasting, tearing and cutting! Creating a collage on a box is fun to do indoors or outside.

Looking for a fun and creative outdoor activity for children?No art materials are needed – just step outside! There are ...
04/02/2020

Looking for a fun and creative outdoor activity for children?
No art materials are needed – just step outside! There are wonderful natural materials such as leaves, rocks, sticks and more to use and explore. The creative process children experience is a great way to express thoughts, feelings and experiences, and is fun! Take lots of pictures of the children creating art and check back the next day to see if anything has been moved by animals, wind or rain!

03/30/2020
www.fairfaxcounty.gov

While Fairfax County government buildings and facilities are currently closed to the public, you can still get Office for Children (OFC) Assistance from a Distance. Please visit https://bit.ly/OFCAFAD for information on how to access OFC services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo
03/30/2020

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo

03/27/2020
Fairfax County Public Library

Our friends at the library are making sure that kids don’t miss out on storytimes with their favorite librarians!

Hey, kids! Many of you may have met Miss Renee as she has given storytimes all around Fairfax County for the library. We asked her to read you a book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. Enjoy!
(View on YouTube: bit.ly/2U6m3rX)

Looking for advice on how to talk to children about COVID-19? Parents and other trusted adults can play an important rol...
03/26/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Looking for advice on how to talk to children about COVID-19? Parents and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety. The CDC has shared some ideas to start the conversation: https://tinyurl.com/vd8jl3v

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Elephant & Piggie creator Mo Willems is inviting children into his studio for lunch doodles. Children young and old can ...
03/25/2020
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Elephant & Piggie creator Mo Willems is inviting children into his studio for lunch doodles. Children young and old can join him daily at 1 p.m. or stream them anytime: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and m...

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12011 Government Center Pkwy, Ste 920
Fairfax, VA
22035

For information on how to reach this location using public transportation, call 703-339-7200; TTY 703-339-1608 or visit www.fairfaxconnector.com or call 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780 or visit www.wmata.com.

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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The Office for Children (OFC) is dedicated to the care, education and healthy development of children, from birth through elementary school age. OFC collaborates with early childhood professionals, families, schools and community partners to support children in reaching their fullest potential.

OFC supports families by helping them to find and pay for child care; providing quality care for children in the School Age Child Care Program; providing early childhood education and family services for pregnant women and children birth to five years in the Early Head Start/Head Start program; and providing evaluations and early intervention services for infants and toddlers (up to age 3) who have a developmental delay.

OFC issues the Home Child Care Permit for family child care providers; helps them to plan and pay for the nutritious meals served to children in their care through participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program; offers professional learning opportunities for the early childhood and school age care community; and implements a variety of grants and programs that support the school readiness of the County’s youngest children.

OFC coordinates the implementation of the Fairfax County Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan in partnership with the community and schools.

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