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.

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¿Cómo sabe si su hijo está lo suficientemente bien como para ir a la escuela o al programa de cuidado de niños?Consulte ...
11/13/2020

¿Cómo sabe si su hijo está lo suficientemente bien como para ir a la escuela o al programa de cuidado de niños?
Consulte esta guía para ayudarlo a decidir. https://tinyurl.com/yxayhhwb
¡Trabajemos juntos para mantener a su hijo seguro y a nuestra comunidad saludable!

How do you know if your child is well enough to go to school or child care? Check out this guidance to help you decide: ...
11/13/2020

How do you know if your child is well enough to go to school or child care?
Check out this guidance to help you decide: https://tinyurl.com/yy26psxq
Lets work together to keep your child safe and our community healthy!

11/13/2020
Infant & Toddler Connection Graduation – September 2020

Are you interested in learning more about our Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) program? In this video, you’ll hear from families and staff about the important work of this team and you’ll see highlights of our September drive-through graduation ceremonies that celebrated children and families who are moving on from the program: https://youtu.be/9-atf7v1li8

Watch highlights from the two ITC graduations held in September at James Lee and Mott Community Centers. The Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Chu...

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizat...
10/28/2020
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam - Rebuild Virginia Grant Fund

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive. Child care programs that are interested in applying for this opportunity can find additional information at Rebuild VA: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/

Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have announced $65.8 million in new funding to increase access to c...
10/23/2020
Governor Northam Announces $65.8 Million to Increase Child Care Access, Help Providers

Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have announced $65.8 million in new funding to increase access to child care and support child care providers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will continue the CARES Act grants provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Information on how to apply will be coming soon from VDSS.

Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

Join us in celebrating Lights on AfterSchool, a nationwide event recognizing afterschool programs and their important ro...
10/22/2020

Join us in celebrating Lights on AfterSchool, a nationwide event recognizing afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. With the school year beginning virtually for many children, after-school programs have stepped up to help meet the need for school-age care, including the Office for Children’s Supporting Return to School (SRS) program. The SRS full-day program serving children in Kindergarten through sixth grade supports children’s engagement in virtual learning during the FCPS academic day and provides opportunities for children to enjoy time with friends and participate in fun activities related to this year’s curriculum, The Great Outdoors, Road Trips Through the Americas.

OFC is pleased to be coordinating the distribution of necessary supplies to child care programs in Fairfax County this w...
10/16/2020

OFC is pleased to be coordinating the distribution of necessary supplies to child care programs in Fairfax County this week. We are grateful to the Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team volunteers who are supporting a contactless drive-through pick up of supplies at Lincolnia Senior Center. Over 500 kits including items such as paper products and disinfectant will help support child care programs providing essential services during the pandemic. We appreciate all that programs do for children and families!

Child care center administrators are invited to a presentation by the Fairfax County Health Department on COVID-19 on Tu...
10/09/2020

Child care center administrators are invited to a presentation by the Fairfax County Health Department on COVID-19 on Tuesday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

The presentation will address the following:
• Review the most recent COVID-19 child care guidance.
• Detail FCHD’s role in the case, contact and outbreak investigations.
• Review lessons learned so far.
• Q&A with public health experts at the Fairfax County Health Department.

The meeting will be hosted on Zoom.
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/91386491498
Password: 9y=NzHv5cj

Or Telephone:
USA 215 861 0674
USA 8883982342 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 373490

Find local AT&T Numbers: https://www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/glbAccess?process=1&accessNumber=2158610674&accessCode=373490

Fairfax Futures and the Office for Children invite early childhood educators to attend their 16th Annual School Readines...
10/09/2020

Fairfax Futures and the Office for Children invite early childhood educators to attend their 16th Annual School Readiness Symposium on Saturday, October 17 from 9-11 a.m. Keynote presenter Angela Hanscom, author of “Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children” will discuss how unstructured child-directed play in outdoor environments, coupled with sensory experiences, helps to equip children with strong foundational skills needed for their early development. Please register to attend: https://bit.ly/3hw3Z2X

The Office for Children’s Grapevine newsletter for staff and friends has arrived! This issue includes articles about our...
10/06/2020

The Office for Children’s Grapevine newsletter for staff and friends has arrived! This issue includes articles about our Advancing Equity work, Infant & Toddler Connections’ first virtual Pathways Program to help transition children to preschool, Camp Fairfax and much more. Read the latest issue here: https://bit.ly/3ix12Qp

On Monday,  the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) hosted a second drive-through graduation to celebrate children and f...
09/29/2020

On Monday, the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) hosted a second drive-through graduation to celebrate children and families who are moving on from the program. Congratulations to all of the ITC graduates.

ITC provides children under the age of 3 with supports and services to meet developmental milestones. For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/infant-and-toddler-connection/

This week, the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) staff celebrated a special drive-through graduation ceremony celebrat...
09/22/2020

This week, the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) staff celebrated a special drive-through graduation ceremony celebrating children and families who are moving on from the program. What a beautiful day to safely celebrate the accomplishments made during their time with ITC!

ITC provides children under the age of 3 with supports and services to meet developmental milestones. For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/infant-and-toddler-connection/

September is Emergency Preparedness Month! Whether you operate a state-licensed or county-permitted child care program, ...
09/19/2020

September is Emergency Preparedness Month!
Whether you operate a state-licensed or county-permitted child care program, you are required to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Disasters don’t wait and neither should you! Take time to update your plan, share it with families and post your plan and emergency phone numbers in a visible location at your program site. For information to help you make a plan and be informed during an emergency, please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search: CEPS emergency forms

First Lady Northam concluded her Back to School Tour in Fairfax County with a visit to Office for Children’s long-time p...
09/18/2020

First Lady Northam concluded her Back to School Tour in Fairfax County with a visit to Office for Children’s long-time partner, the Hopkins House McNeil Preschool Academy in Alexandria, where she was joined by State Delegate Paul Krizek. She met staff and board members, toured the program, and read a story to the children (following social distancing protocols).

Pamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia, was at Hutchison Elementary this morning as part of her (social distancing) Back...
09/16/2020

Pamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia, was at Hutchison Elementary this morning as part of her (social distancing) Back to School Tour. Ms. Northam participated in the FCPS Grab & Go Food Distribution, and enjoyed a virtual tour through the SRS program! Thank you to the SRS Team at Hutchison.

Pictured from left: Marion Cannata, SRS Center Supervisor; Jason Northrop, SRS Regional Supervisor; First Lady Northam; and Delegate Ibraheem Samirah

This morning, Office for Children Early Head Start provider Leticia Flores-Ortiz welcomed First Lady of Virginia Pamela ...
09/16/2020

This morning, Office for Children Early Head Start provider Leticia Flores-Ortiz welcomed First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, State Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton and Senator Janet Howell’s legislative staff as part of the First Lady’s annual back to school tour highlighting the important work of early childhood educators.

Did you know that demand for food has increased dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began?  Fight hunger and feed h...
09/11/2020

Did you know that demand for food has increased dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began? Fight hunger and feed hope by helping us Stuff the Bus, Saturday, Sept 12 and Saturday Sept 26. For locations, times, needed items and how to donate safely: http://bit.ly/FfxStufftheBus

In response to current health and safety concerns around group gatherings, we have transitioned many of our professional...
09/10/2020

In response to current health and safety concerns around group gatherings, we have transitioned many of our professional development offerings to a webinar format using the GoToWebinar platform. To help you get the most benefit out of our webinar classes, we have created two short webinar presentations that focus on technical assistance questions and challenges. To watch these presentations, go to https://bit.ly/35hysiN and select “How to Participate in OFC Webinars.”

1 out of 5 households in Fairfax County have not filled out the 2020 Census. What are you waiting for? Complete your cen...
09/09/2020

1 out of 5 households in Fairfax County have not filled out the 2020 Census. What are you waiting for? Complete your census RIGHT NOW! #BeCounted and bring resources back to our community! #FFXCounts
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census

Childcare providers are invited to participate in a three-part webinar series to learn how to support Fairfax County Pub...
08/25/2020

Childcare providers are invited to participate in a three-part webinar series to learn how to support Fairfax County Public School students with their online learning while they are at your program. A FCPS technology specialist and Office for Children staff will provide information on how to set up a virtual learning environment, offer appropriate grade-level support and how to support the technology that students will use. This series will be offered in English and Spanish. Registration required.
Session 1: Creating a Safe and Productive Learning Environment
English session: Saturday, August 29, 9-10 a.m., https://bit.ly/2YtlH0D
Spanish session: Saturday, August 29, 11 a.m.-noon, https://bit.ly/31oY7DV
Session 2: Supporting Students to Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Schoology
English session: Monday, August 31, 7-8 p.m., https://bit.ly/3grC57K
Spanish session: Tuesday, September 1, 7- 8 p.m., https://bit.ly/2YrKHFd
Session 3: Supporting Students to Use Google Classroom and Google Meet
English session: Wednesday, September 2, 7- 8 p.m., https://bit.ly/2FTFeAR
Spanish session: Thursday, September 3, 7-8 p.m., https://bit.ly/3hvcD2E

Registration for the SRS (Supporting Return to School) Program is now open! The SRS program will provide full-day on-sit...
08/24/2020

Registration for the SRS (Supporting Return to School) Program is now open! The SRS program will provide full-day on-site programming for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade residing in Fairfax County and City of Fairfax, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. starting September 8, 2020. Please contact the SRS registration office at 703-449-8989 to enroll, or to find out more about financial assistance and support, and transportation options that may be available. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2EtqlEA.

08/15/2020
Registration | Fairfax County Public Schools

If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 30, they are eligible for Kindergarten and it's time to register them. To learn more about how to register your child, visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration

Registration FCPS offers registration opportunities for Early Head Start through Adult and Community Education, with lots in between Translate this page አማርኛ العربية English Español فارسی 한국어 اردو Tiếng Việt 中文 Other Language All FCPS schools and administrative...

Chairman Jeff McKay appeared on WJLA to discuss the county’s new Supporting Return to School (SRS) program to support ch...
08/14/2020
Fairfax County will launch new childcare program to help families during virtual learning

Chairman Jeff McKay appeared on WJLA to discuss the county’s new Supporting Return to School (SRS) program to support children and families when school beings on September 8. To learn more and watch the segment: https://bit.ly/3aq67Yd

With the start of an unprecedented school year nearly here, families throughout the region are bracing for a new normal. For many parents, that means worrying about the challenges of working full-time while their kids are doing virtual learning at home.

Make sure you are counted! For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in po...
08/13/2020

Make sure you are counted! For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the next 10 years!

1 out of 4 households in Fairfax County have not filled out the 2020 Census.

What are you waiting for? Complete your census RIGHT NOW! #BeCounted and bring resources back to our community! #FFXCounts

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Z20uKb

Camp Fairfax staff were happy to have Chairman McKay and County Executive Bryan Hill visit today. Thank you Camp Fairfax...
08/11/2020

Camp Fairfax staff were happy to have Chairman McKay and County Executive Bryan Hill visit today. Thank you Camp Fairfax staff for providing children with a safe summer of fun!

It was encouraging to visit one of our Camp Fairfax sites today. The staff and kids are doing great in diligently implementing and following health measures. This is an important model as we put together our modified SACC-type program this fall to support working families. More information on this program will come in Wednesday’s newsletter.

Fairfax County Government
08/05/2020
Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Government

We All Need to Help Protect Children During COVID-19
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COVID-19 has turned everyone’s lives upside down. The isolation has caused many families to lose their support networks, which has been especially stressful for families with children. As a result, some children may be at higher risk of harm. Others may not be safe because there isn’t a responsible adult who can watch or take care of them.

Great news! Camp Fairfax has been extended one additional week! It will now go through Friday, August 14 and openings ar...
07/30/2020

Great news! Camp Fairfax has been extended one additional week! It will now go through Friday, August 14 and openings are still available! Sign your child up for this full-day program for rising first through sixth grade children of working families. Camp Fairfax is located at 18 locations across the county including seven NCS Community Centers and 11 Fairfax County Public Schools. A sliding fee scale is available. Current CDC health and safety guidelines are being implemented. For fees, questions and to register, call 703-449-8989.

Our donation drive ends July 31! Please consider donating hygiene products to help child care centers and family child c...
07/23/2020

Our donation drive ends July 31! Please consider donating hygiene products to help child care centers and family child care programs maintain clean and healthy environments. We are requesting donations of hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, bleach, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and diapers. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/yb49xc66.

Today was an exciting day for early childhood in Virginia. Governor Northam signed legislation that will create a unifie...
07/22/2020

Today was an exciting day for early childhood in Virginia. Governor Northam signed legislation that will create a unified early childhood system in the Commonwealth. Thank you to Reston Children’s Center for hosting the event.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3613513232011777

The Office for Children will be hosting a three-part webinar series on supporting children, families and educators durin...
07/17/2020

The Office for Children will be hosting a three-part webinar series on supporting children, families and educators during COVID-19. The three sessions will be held on July 21, July 29 and August 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. A different topic will be discussed during each session. For more information and to register, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/y48gblkx

Fairfax County Government
07/08/2020
Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Government

Food Benefits for School-Age Children During the Pandemic
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When school was in session before COVID-19, many students depended on the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program for nutritious meals.

Due to the pandemic, children no longer have access to that food at school, but through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), they can receive food benefits through a program called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT.

Learn more: https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/07/07/food-benefits-for-school-aged-children-during-the-pandemic/

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office for Children will be providing an abbreviated summer p...
07/06/2020

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office for Children will be providing an abbreviated summer program for rising first- through sixth-grade children of working families from Monday, July 13 through Friday, August 7. Camp Fairfax will be offered at 18 locations across the county and will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each day will feature a variety of fun and engaging activities. Current CDC health and safety guidelines will be implemented. Space is limited. For fees, questions and to register, call 703-449-8989 starting Monday, July 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/y94p4967

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empa...
07/03/2020

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Learn more about how you can help your child develop these important skills: https://tinyurl.com/yc4g67lu

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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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