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.

Oh, the Places We’ll Grow! Children who participated in SACC’s full-day Winter Break Program used their imaginations and...
01/10/2020

Oh, the Places We’ll Grow! Children who participated in SACC’s full-day Winter Break Program used their imaginations and creativity to create fantastic “communities” from underwater cities like Aquatropolis (Coates SACC), to cities in outer space like Skylantis (Beech Tree SACC). The children worked together to develop their multidimensional communities using a variety of recycled materials, art supplies and architectural resources. Each SACC center hosted a community reveal which featured fun, one-of-a-kind parades, festivals, group games, art shows and performances that presented the unique character of their community.

At Providence Community Center SACC, children created their version of “Planet 51” and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Space Jam Dance. Kings Park SACC was transformed into Frostyland, with snowflakes, snowmen and a variety of ice houses and buildings.

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are seeking a Child Care Program Administrator I to join the Office for Children School Readiness Divi...
01/09/2020

JOIN OUR TEAM!
We are seeking a Child Care Program Administrator I to join the Office for Children School Readiness Division. Make a real difference in the lives of children in Fairfax County! Applications due by 1/17/2020. For a full job description, required qualifications and to apply, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/yfsxhd7t

01/01/2020
The similarities and differences between adults and children’s temperament styles may affect the interactions between th...
12/28/2019

The similarities and differences between adults and children’s temperament styles may affect the interactions between them. Join this professional learning opportunity and explore various temperament styles. Mondays, January 6 and 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the Resource Center on Main Street in Fairfax. For more information and other professional development opportunities, follow this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/courses

When the temperature dips, it can be challenging to find indoor activities for young children that are both fun and enri...
12/26/2019

When the temperature dips, it can be challenging to find indoor activities for young children that are both fun and enriching. Beanbags are surprising versatile and can be used in various ways. They are easier to handle than a ball, making them ideal for younger children. These activities are also a great way to develop gross motor skills: https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/bean-bag-games.html

12/23/2019
Fairfax Futures

Fairfax Futures has created a series of videos promoting life skills in young children, including this one with tips on how to be a brain builder.

Early childhood educators are "brain builders" because they offer children new experiences to try and encourage them to take risks. Thanks to funding from the Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation, a group of Fairfax County early childhood educators learned a number of strategies to promote life skills in young children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZA0Q0HFZDM

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo
12/20/2019

Fairfax County Office for Children's cover photo

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Child Care Center Teacher, School Age Child Care program. Open Hire Event - Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 to 11 ...
12/19/2019

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Child Care Center Teacher, School Age Child Care program. Open Hire Event - Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 to 11 a.m.
Are you interested in making a positive difference working with school-age children in a dynamic, safe, fun, and welcoming environment? If so, we want to meet you! Join the SACC team and create opportunities for children to expand their interests, develop their talents and enhance their learning. Details: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/sacc/2020-01-open-hire-event

Are you currently working on a degree in early Childhood education, ready for your CDA assessment or pursuing another ea...
12/18/2019

Are you currently working on a degree in early Childhood education, ready for your CDA assessment or pursuing another early childhood related credential? Are you hoping to bring a professional development session into your center? Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children offers scholarships that can help you achieve your goal. Application deadline is February 21. For more information visit https://www.nvaeyc.org/scholarship

Tuesday, December 17 Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Office of Head Start director, signed MOUs with the National Association of E...
12/18/2019

Tuesday, December 17 Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Office of Head Start director, signed MOUs with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) formalizing their commitment to collaboration and promoting children’s effective transitions from Head Start programs to kindergarten. Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Catherine Hudgins provided welcoming remarks at the event which was hosted by Higher Horizons Head Start program.

Oh, the Places We’ll Grow! The School Age Child Care’s full-day Winter Break Program will offer fun and engaging experie...
12/17/2019

Oh, the Places We’ll Grow! The School Age Child Care’s full-day Winter Break Program will offer fun and engaging experiences for children at 23 locations throughout the county. Limited space still available. Please call SACC registration at 703-449-8989, TTY 711 to check availability and enroll your child at a winter program site near your home or office. For fees, locations and more information about the program, please follow this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/sacc/winter

12/16/2019

Betsi Closter, the County’s School Readiness Coordinator, will be participating in a webinar today at 2:30 p.m. sponsored by NACO. The webinar will address what counties can do to help providers transform the business of child care to improve child and family outcomes and build organizational capacity through local shared services models. To register for the webinar, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/yx3947m8

While visiting Fairfax County on December 10, First Lady Pamela Northam joined OFC Head Start Division Director Jennifer...
12/13/2019

While visiting Fairfax County on December 10, First Lady Pamela Northam joined OFC Head Start Division Director Jennifer Branch at the Annandale home of Lilian Llanos, an Early Head Start Family Child Care Partner. For nearly 11 years, Mrs. Llanos has provided high-quality care for infants and toddlers in her home. During the visit, Mrs. Llanos demonstrated how she provides enriching learning experiences that support all areas of development for the children in her care. Head Start Virginia Head Start Association National Head Start Association

From Governor Northam's special briefing today at the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale: Eileen Filler-Corn, De...
12/10/2019

From Governor Northam's special briefing today at the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale: Eileen Filler-Corn, Delegate and Speaker-designate of the Virginia House of Delegates (center), with Linda Bentlin (left) and Flor Philips (right), Office for Children.

We are pleased to share that today, at a special briefing held at the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale, Govern...
12/10/2019
Governor Northam Proposes Historic Investment in Early Childhood Education

We are pleased to share that today, at a special briefing held at the ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale, Governor Ralph Northam, along with First Lady of Virginia, Pamela Northam, announced that his proposed budget “will include a historic investment in early childhood care and education.” The Governor shared that the new funding, totaling $94.8 million, “will transform the Commonwealth’s early childhood education system to increase access for at-risk three- and four-year-olds, establish uniform accountability standards, and ensure educators have the training and support they need, especially in child care settings”.

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2019/december/headline-849814-en.html

If you are looking for quality child care or are interested in becoming a child care provider, please join us at a Child...
12/05/2019

If you are looking for quality child care or are interested in becoming a child care provider, please join us at a Child Care Provider Resource Fair for the Centreville community on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Office for Children staff will be there to connect you with child care options and resources that meet your family’s needs. You can also learn how to start your own child care business in Fairfax County. Other resources from nonprofit, school and faith-based organizations in the Centreville area will be on hand to connect you with child care options. The fair will take place at Centre Ridge Elementary School, 14400 New Braddock Road, Centreville, VA 20121. For more information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/child-care-provider-resource-fair

How can you keep your family child care business growing and thriving?Register today to attend a viewing of Tom Copeland...
12/04/2019

How can you keep your family child care business growing and thriving?
Register today to attend a viewing of Tom Copelands’s pre-recorded family child care business seminar, “Growing Your Business, Building Success,” on Saturday, Dec. 7. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. followed by the presentation from 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Follow this link for more information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/courses

Looking for enjoyable and innovative experiences that support the development of healthy habits for children? Try storie...
11/30/2019

Looking for enjoyable and innovative experiences that support the development of healthy habits for children? Try stories, songs and games. Join the discussion with Fairfax County librarians during our webinar “Healthy Reading, Healthy Children” on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. Register at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/online-webinars

11/28/2019
Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and spending time with friends and family. Young children enjoy participating in ...
11/26/2019
Steps to Ensure your Child is ready for Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and spending time with friends and family. Young children enjoy participating in family rituals and traditions. Here are a few tips on sharing the joy of being together for the holidays. https://tinyurl.com/qp5rt33

Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends cook, eat and take a moment to be thankful. As parents, we know all too well that serving that Thanksgiving meal requires a great deal of preparation and sometimes a bit of stress. From grocery shopping and meal preparation to travel and spending time...

The School Age Child Care program’s Parent Advisory Council came together for their first meeting of the 2019-2020 schoo...
11/22/2019

The School Age Child Care program’s Parent Advisory Council came together for their first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Family input, feedback, and engagement helps SACC to support the goals and priorities families have for their children. PAC representatives from more than 80 SACC Centers joined the meeting and heard information about SACC’s Curriculum, the upcoming Winter Program, and special events planned for the coming year. New this year, SACC Parent Advisory Council representatives were able to participate both in-person or online. The SACC Parent Advisory Council advocates for equitable, high-quality, affordable, school age child care services, and provides invaluable communication about the needs of children and families in their community to help inform SACC programming and policies.

Need inspiration for exploring nature with young children?Register today for our upcoming course, "A Closer Look: Explor...
11/22/2019

Need inspiration for exploring nature with young children?
Register today for our upcoming course, "A Closer Look: Exploring Nature with Young Children," to discover creative ways to help children explore the wonders of nature right outside their door! Sessions will take place on Mondays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 from 7- 9 p.m. Follow this link for more information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/courses-november-december

Fairfax County Office for Children
11/21/2019

Fairfax County Office for Children

Today is Universal Children’s Day -- a day to improve child welfare worldwide! One way we can improve the lives of young...
11/20/2019

Today is Universal Children’s Day -- a day to improve child welfare worldwide! One way we can improve the lives of young children in Fairfax County is to ensure that all children are counted in the 2020 Census. According to 2018 estimates from the American Community Survey (which is part of the Census Bureau), there are approximately 75,085 children under 5 in Fairfax County. If you have young ones in your life or know anyone who does, please remind them that in Fairfax County Everyone Counts, especially our youngest residents!
Learn more about the 2020 census: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census

On Saturday, we partnered with the Health Department to offer a professional development event for family child care pro...
11/19/2019

On Saturday, we partnered with the Health Department to offer a professional development event for family child care providers on the topic of preventing obesity in young children. This half-day training, ‘Estrategias Preventivas: La Obesidad en los Niños’, was presented in Spanish and was held at the Fairfax County Government Center. Keynote Dr. Fabian Sandoval, CEO & Research Director of the Emerson Clinical Research Institute, welcomed attendees to the event and spoke about the epidemic of childhood obesity. Following his talk, educators attended three workshops – The Effects of Obesity on the Social/Emotional Development of Young Children, The Importance of Physical Activity and Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating for Young Children. Educators left the event with a better understanding of effective strategies to promote health and prevent childhood obesity.

Process-oriented art offers benefits to children that include relaxation, increased focus, problem solving and developme...
11/17/2019

Process-oriented art offers benefits to children that include relaxation, increased focus, problem solving and development of small motor skills. Join our online webinar “Introduction to Process-Oriented Art” on November 20 at 7 p.m. to discover art experiences that support children’s creativity while focusing on the process of exploration. Register at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/online-webinars

11/15/2019
Fairfax Futures

Activity and movement help children learn. Our friends at Fairfax Futures have created a video highlighting the importance of moving in early learning.

Thanks to funding from the Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation, a group of Fairfax County early childhood educators learned a number of strategies to promote life skills in young children. This video focuses on the importance of moving in early learning. How do you incorporate movement into your every day? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdd0Yz6pnX8 #itStartsHere #earlychildhoodeducation #movement #philanthropy #schoolreadiness

Water is a healthy and convenient drink for children at school and at home! Make a splash and celebrate all things water...
11/13/2019

Water is a healthy and convenient drink for children at school and at home! Make a splash and celebrate all things water today for #RevYourBev Day. https://revyourbev.com/day

Presentado en Español, #1819-11 Seminario de 4 horas y media: Estrategias y Prevención-La Obesidad en los Niños Reunase ...
11/06/2019

Presentado en Español, #1819-11 Seminario de 4 horas y media: Estrategias y Prevención-La Obesidad en los Niños
Reunase con otros proveedores de cuidado de niños, aprenda sobre los riesgos de la obesidad y las maneras que ústed, como profesional puede ayudar a prevenir la obesidad en los niños. Sabado, Noviembre 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. y la registración comienza a las 8 a.m. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/courses-november-december.

On Wednesday, Fairfax Futures brought together community and business leaders to discuss how our collective investment i...
11/05/2019

On Wednesday, Fairfax Futures brought together community and business leaders to discuss how our collective investment in high-quality early childhood education impacts our future workforce. Fairfax County is fortunate to have forward thinking leaders who recognize the vital role of early childhood education in workforce development.

Steve S. Lee, Korean American Chamber of Commerce and Sallyann Bergh, Fairfax Futures
11/01/2019

Steve S. Lee, Korean American Chamber of Commerce and Sallyann Bergh, Fairfax Futures

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11/01/2019

Timeline Photos

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10/31/2019
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Halloween is right around the corner! Let's keep our ghosts, ghouls and goblins safe! We've got safety reminders from some of our public safety agencies so that everyone can enjoy a safe Halloween!

On Thursday, October 24, Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care program celebrated Lights On Afterschool with open house...
10/28/2019

On Thursday, October 24, Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care program celebrated Lights On Afterschool with open houses and special programs at centers across the county. Children at Lemon Road SACC decorated light bulbs and shared what they enjoy about SACC. Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. #LightsOnAfterschool

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Child Care Center Teacher, School Age Child Care program. Open Hire Event - Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 to 11 a...
10/25/2019

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Child Care Center Teacher, School Age Child Care program. Open Hire Event - Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 to 11 a.m.
Are you interested in making a positive difference working with school-age children in a dynamic, safe, fun, and welcoming environment? If so, we want to meet you! Join the SACC team and create opportunities for children to expand their interests, develop their talents and enhance their learning. Details: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/sacc/2019-11-open-hire-event

Have questions about using technology with young children? Check out our publication, Tapping into Technology, to get id...
10/25/2019
fairfax-futures.org

Have questions about using technology with young children? Check out our publication, Tapping into Technology, to get ideas about how you can use technology in a variety of ways to create meaningful learning experiences! #MediaLitWk #earlyed #edtech
https://fairfax-futures.org/assets/files/publications/TappingIntoTechnology-FINAL.pdf

On Wednesday, Developmental Disability Specialist Adelina Fuente and Service Coordinator Amparó Solano Rodriguez from In...
10/24/2019
Infant and Toddler Connection ~ La Voz del Condado de Fairfax (Oct. 22, 2019)

On Wednesday, Developmental Disability Specialist Adelina Fuente and Service Coordinator Amparó Solano Rodriguez from Infant & Toddler Connection joined host Heber Velasquez on the radio show “La Voz del Condado de Fairfax” broadcast on WUST Radio (1120 AM). They discussed the services ITC offers and encouraged families to contact ITC if they have questions about their child's development. For more information, visit our website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/infant-and-toddler-connection

Fairfax County's weekly Spanish radio program, "La Voz del Condado de Fairfax," originally broadcast on WUST Radio (1120 AM) on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. This week's show features Adelina Fuente, devel

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