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.
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.
Operating as usual
¿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: https://tinyurl.com/yy26psxq
Lets work together to keep your child safe and our community healthy!
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 families who are moving on from the program. Congratulations to all of the ITC graduates.
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!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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-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.
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 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 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
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.
We All Need to Help Protect Children During COVID-19
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 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 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 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 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
Food Benefits for School-Age Children During the Pandemic
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.
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 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
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.
Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Fairfax County Office for Children posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Contact The Business
Send a message to Fairfax County Office for Children:
Health and Nutrition: Modeling a Healthy Lifestyle
One way you can inspire children to make lifelong healthy choices is by modeling healthful eating habits. This short video shares some suggestions for heathy eating, even when schedules are tight!
Consejos de preparación para emergencias para programas de cuidado infantil
OFC's Institute for Early Learning offers online learning as another option for early childhood educators! To get started in the system, sign up for the next introductory webinar, Intro to OCOL, on August 22. http://bit.ly/ofcSKcY
Water Safety Tips
Beat the heat with safe water play. Check out these tips!
14th Annual Fairfax Futures Symposium: Nurturing Creative Thinking in Young Children
Over 200 Fairfax County early childhood educators participated in the 14th Annual Fairfax Futures Symposium, Nurturing Creative Thinking in Young Children. They learned from a variety of presenters including: Keynote Presenter Dr. Rebecca Isbell, an early childhood consultant, speaker and author from East Tennessee State University; Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning teaching artists, Kofi Dennis and Maria Tripodi; Lisa Mufson Bresson, co-author of NAEYC’s bestselling book, “Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children’s Creative Thinking”; and the Office for Children’s Institute for Early Learning team.
This professional development opportunity was made possible through a generous grant from the PNC Foundation and in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Office for Children. Other professional learning opportunities are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/office-for-children/institute-for-early-learning
Celebrating Child Care Professionals
A great, big "Thank you" to all child care professionals for everything you do to support children and families in our community.
Health and Nutrition: Modeling a Healthy Lifestyle
Eating healthy foods models positive eating habits for the children on your care. Check out these tips to help you practice healthy eating habits even when life gets busy.
A Closer Look at Kindergarten Readiness
When a child starts kindergarten it is a significant milestone for the entire family, and you may wonder if your child is ready for this transition. A successful transition occurs when families, elementary school staff, and early childhood educators come together to support each individual child. For more kindergarten readiness resources, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/office-for-children
OFC Offers Online Learning
OFC's Institute for Early Learning is excited to offer online learning as another option for early childhood educators! To get started in the system, sign up for the next introductory webinar on March 22. http://bit.ly/ofcSKcY
Reading Books with Children
Make time to read with children every day. It is a great way to bond with children, develop their love of books, and build their early literacy skills. Register for our March webinars on early literacy at http://bit.ly/ofcSKcY
Indoor Movement Activities for Winter
When the weather is too cold to stay outside, try some of these indoor movement activities with your children! For more ideas like this, check out the Winter Update Newsletter: http://bit.ly/ofcNMaZ
Early Head Start Child Development Program
Early Head Start - Family Child Care now enrolling! Call our office at 703-324-8290, TTY 711, for more information or to apply. http://bit.ly/2rcdKyI
Whole Grain-Rich Foods
Whole Grains are a part of the new USDA Food Program Meal Pattern. Here are easy ways to make whole grains a part of your diet.
Emergency Preparedness Tips for Chld Care Programs
Are you prepared for any emergency situation? September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and whether you operate a state-licensed or county-permitted child care program, you are required to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. For more information to help you make a plan and be informed during an emergency watch our video and visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofc/emergencypreparedness.htm
Sun Safety Tips
Help children enjoy hours of fun in the sun with these tips to protect their skin.
Shallow splash pools and sprinklers are a great way for young children to stay cool on hot summer days. Follow these simple water safety tips for hours of summer fun.
Annual Professional Development Day
At the Annual Professional Development Day, child care professionals explored the progression of language development and strategies to support English language learners. They gained hands-on experience implementing meaningful language strategies using puppets.
Panel Discussion on Food Insecurity in Fairfax County
Q&A with the First Lady
Head Start Discussion of Food Insecurity and Childhood Hunger
Teachers and teacher assistants with Fairfax County’s Virginia Preschool Initiative program recently took part in a workshop led by Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists. Participants explored strategies in music, dance and drama that support children’s learning as well as create arts-integrated experiences with children’s literature, math and science.
This fun video from the staff with the Institute for Early Learning shows you how to make ice cream in a bag in just a few easy steps. For more ideas like this take the IFEL course, More Kitchen Science.
The purpose of official Fairfax County social media accounts is to present matters of public interest. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites.
We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff resources (your tax dollars), we generally only monitor comments and postings during regular business hours.
Once comments are posted, Fairfax County reserves the right to remove submissions.