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.