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.

03/10/2020

Fairfax County Public Schools have designated Monday, March 16, as a staff development day/student holiday, in order to provide an opportunity for staff to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure. All SACC locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

We have partnered with Fairfax Futures to offer a unique professional development opportunity for early childhood educat...
03/10/2020

We have partnered with Fairfax Futures to offer a unique professional development opportunity for early childhood educators. Over seven sessions, participants are learning STEM strategies through classroom instruction and hands-on activities that can be used with children. In the STEM method, children learn through exploration, discovery and practice, so participants will also learn while playing. The activities are also tied to children’s literature. “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by Charles G. Shaw served as an introduction to an activity where cornstarch was mixed with water, causing it to become an ooblek – a fluid that is both liquid and solid and very fun to play with. Fairfax Futures

It’s National Nutrition Month! Whether you are a parent or a childcare provider, you can ensure that young children in y...
03/09/2020

It’s National Nutrition Month! Whether you are a parent or a childcare provider, you can ensure that young children in your care are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet by following these tips provided by the USDA’s Choose My Plate program: https://tinyurl.com/yxguqhaz

Are you passionate about helping ensure that all young children have the early learning experiences they need to thrive?...
03/03/2020
Child Care Specialist I

Are you passionate about helping ensure that all young children have the early learning experiences they need to thrive? OFC’s Head Start program is looking for a motivated and organized individual to work with families and child care providers serving infants and toddlers. Applications due by 3/6/2020. For a full job description, required qualifications and to apply, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/rqw3oxe

Looking for a self-motivated and organized individual with early childhood experience who is ready to apply that knowledge to the family child care setting by coaching and mentoring family child care providers, working with families to achieve their goals, and helping children and families be school...

As part of National Read Across America Day, FCPD Officers Katie Watts and Marvin Goodley visited with the children at G...
03/03/2020

As part of National Read Across America Day, FCPD Officers Katie Watts and Marvin Goodley visited with the children at Gum Springs Glen Early Head Start and read books in each classroom. Children enjoyed celebrating their shared love of books with their special visitors!

Did You Know?March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of ...
03/02/2020

Did You Know?
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. If you would like to help raise awareness, consider sharing one of these #DDawareness2020 images that feature artwork created by people with disabilities.

Yesterday, Governor Northam visited the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, a long-time OFC partner, to highlight the...
02/28/2020

Yesterday, Governor Northam visited the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, a long-time OFC partner, to highlight the importance of early childhood education. The center serves as a Virginia Preschool Initiative program and meets the needs of working families and children in our community! Supervisor Foust joined the visit, and he and the Governor also stopped by the Lemon Road SACC Center to visit with children and staff in the after school program.

Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill presented the FY 2021 Advertised Budget Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to the Board of Sup...
02/27/2020
FY 2021 Advertised Budget Addresses Multiple County Priorities - Fairfax County Government NewsCenter

Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill presented the FY 2021 Advertised Budget Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to the Board of Supervisors. The proposed budget aligns with the priority outcome areas identified during the development of the Countywide Strategic Plan, and includes funding for early childhood including the creation of an Early Childhood Birth to 5 Fund to expand the county’s Equitable Early Childhood System; the expansion of the County’s Early Childhood Development and Learning Program to accommodate an additional 72 young children; the creation of a Family Child Care Network; and the opening of three new School Age Child Care rooms. To view the County Executive’s full presentation and next steps in the budget process, follow this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/fy-2021-advertised-budget-addresses-multiple-county-priorities/

Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill presented the FY 2021 Advertised Budget Plan today, Feb. 25 to the Board of Supervisors. The budget focuses on board priorities including school readiness, affordable housing, environmental stewardship and education, and aligns with the priority outcome areas iden...

Por favor únase al seminario web interactivo para explorar las experiencias que apoyan la transición exitosa al kinderga...
02/27/2020

Por favor únase al seminario web interactivo para explorar las experiencias que apoyan la transición exitosa al kindergarten. El panel dará información sobre el proceso de la transición y proveerán un vistazo a un día típico en el jardín de niños. Jueves marzo 12 de 7-8:30 pm. Inscríbase usando este enlace: http://tinyurl.com/SIK-3-12-19

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are seeking a Day Care Center Supervisor to join the Office for Children. This position coordinates an...
02/24/2020
Day Care Center Supervisor

JOIN OUR TEAM!
We are seeking a Day Care Center Supervisor to join the Office for Children. This position coordinates and oversees the daily on-site operation of School Age Child Care (SACC) programs serving children and youth ages 5-21 with multiple disabilities. Applications due by 3/6/2020. For a full job description, required qualifications and to apply, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/wu744ej

Coordinates and oversees the daily on-site operation of School Age Child Care (SACC) programs serving children and youth ages 5 - 21 with multiple disabilities. Plans and implements a high-quality program of appropriate experiences to support the development of each child. Supervises, trains and eva...

Kudos to the children, parents and staff of Forestdale SACC for helping to keep our environment clean! Concerned that he...
02/22/2020

Kudos to the children, parents and staff of Forestdale SACC for helping to keep our environment clean! Concerned that heavy metals and acids from discarded batteries were making their way into our local waterways, harming plants and animals, the children created a recycling station for used batteries and encouraged everyone to participate. Community service is a cornerstone of the SACC curriculum and in fact, SACC’s theme this year is “It’s All about Community – Here, There, Everywhere.” Through community engagement and service, children at SACC centers program wide have the opportunity to collaborate, learn new skills, create memories and witness firsthand the impact their contributions make in their community!

Looking for experiences that will support your child’s transition into kindergarten? Join our interactive webinar to exp...
02/20/2020

Looking for experiences that will support your child’s transition into kindergarten? Join our interactive webinar to explore experiences that support a child’s successful transition to kindergarten. A panel of experts will provide insight into the transition process and share what a typical kindergarten day looks like. Thursday, February 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. Register using this link: http://tinyurl.com/SIK-Feb-2019

Infant and Toddler Connection’s ASQ team had the opportunity to provide support for early childhood educators during Ft....
02/18/2020

Infant and Toddler Connection’s ASQ team had the opportunity to provide support for early childhood educators during Ft. Belvoir’s Children and Youth Services training day. The team supported the group on when and how to use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire screening tool in programs for young children. We appreciate this partnership and the opportunity to spread the word about early intervention and early identification.

The Office for Children would like to thank Faith Community in Action (FCIA) for the opportunity to present at their Feb...
02/14/2020

The Office for Children would like to thank Faith Community in Action (FCIA) for the opportunity to present at their February 12 meeting. OFC staff was joined by colleagues at FCPS, Land Development Services, and Fairfax Futures to share information about early childhood supports and resources, as well as to discuss the process for starting an early childhood program at places of worship. FCIA members were introduced to the County’s Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan and shared their insights on how the county can best be responsive to the needs of families with young children in their communities. They also provided valuable input on how families are utilizing available early childhood resources. OFC looks forward to continuing the conversation! Fairfax Futures Fairfax County Public Schools

On Saturday, February 8, the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) partnered to p...
02/12/2020

On Saturday, February 8, the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) partnered to provide families with information about transitioning from ITC to a variety of school and community resources. Thanks to all the families and vendors who attended this successful event!

We recently had an exciting webinar conversation on the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences. The webi...
02/10/2020

We recently had an exciting webinar conversation on the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences. The webinar, presented in Spanish, featured a panel of early childhood professionals and an elementary school principal who shared strategies on how families, educators and other community members can partner together to provide support for children’s success in kindergarten and beyond. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/149602155798827521

February is a good time to consider new resources that can help children make connections throughout the year that provi...
02/08/2020

February is a good time to consider new resources that can help children make connections throughout the year that provide an in-depth understanding of the central role African Americans have in US history. This new book is a great example of a thoughtful resource – 2020’s Randolph Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Book Award winner, “The Undefeated,” is a poem written by Kwame Alexander (of Fairfax!) and illustrated by Kadir Nelson that documents the African American experience and celebrates great African American heroes.

The practice of mindfulness can benefit children of all ages by encouraging compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy. Jo...
02/05/2020

The practice of mindfulness can benefit children of all ages by encouraging compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy. Join us for our two part course “Introduction to Mindfulness” to develop an understanding of the practice of mindfulness and how it can help create calmness in early learning environments. Tuesdays, February 18 and 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Resource Center at Main Street, Room 213, 10201 Main Street, Fairfax 22030. Follow this link to register: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ifel/courses

On the recent Teacher Workday, children from Beech Tree, Braddock, Glen Forest, Haycock, Timber Lane and Woodburn SACC c...
01/31/2020

On the recent Teacher Workday, children from Beech Tree, Braddock, Glen Forest, Haycock, Timber Lane and Woodburn SACC centers participated in the SACC program’s First Regional Play Festival, held at the James Lee Community Center. Children enjoyed the opportunity to act and dance in performances of “The Mice Wedding,” “The Day the Crayons Quit,” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Other performances were adapted from beloved stories, and children from Haycock SACC presented an original script, “Family Reunion.” Each production represented the festival theme “We Are Family” and reflects the 2019-2020 school year SACC Curriculum “It’s All About Community.” Through their participation in the play festival, children developed literacy and performing arts skills, and enhanced their confidence through public speaking and the ability to express themselves creatively. The children had a great time watching as each center performed, and enjoyed the enthusiastic applause of their families and new friends from other SACC centers!

01/31/2020
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!

Looking for experiences that will support your child’s transition into kindergarten? Join our interactive webinar to exp...
01/29/2020

Looking for experiences that will support your child’s transition into kindergarten? Join our interactive webinar to explore experiences that support a child’s successful transition to kindergarten. A panel of experts will provide insight into the transition process and share what a typical kindergarten day looks like. Thursday, February 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. Register using this link: http://tinyurl.com/SIK-Feb-2019

Heather Thomas-Wyche, Early Head Start parent and Fairfax County’s Head Start Policy Council Vice-Chair, visited Richmon...
01/24/2020

Heather Thomas-Wyche, Early Head Start parent and Fairfax County’s Head Start Policy Council Vice-Chair, visited Richmond this week to share her compelling story with State Delegates and Senators. Ms. Thomas was joined by two Head Start parents from other jurisdictions, each of whom was chosen by the Virginia Head Start Association to serve as a Parent Ambassador. They valued the opportunity to meet with State Legislature and shared powerful and inspirational examples of how families partner with Head Start to help prepare their children to be successful both in school, and in life.

The group of parent leaders also spoke with First Lady Pamela Northam and expressed their appreciation and support of the First Lady’s focus on Early Childhood Development. They were especially grateful to be recognized on the House floor by Delegate Elizabeth Guzman. Delegate Guzman, who formerly worked with Greater Mt. Vernon Head Start, also shared her knowledge of the many benefits of this outstanding early childhood program.

If you have a child or work with children experiencing sensory issues, the Sensory Room at Providence Community Center i...
01/21/2020

If you have a child or work with children experiencing sensory issues, the Sensory Room at Providence Community Center is a unique therapeutic space available for free to residents of Fairfax County. Available by appointment only, the Sensory Room offers stress-free engagement and physical and intellectual development, particularly for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/r4zuqzj

Looking for a way to teach children about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Consider reading a book about Dr. King ...
01/20/2020

Looking for a way to teach children about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Consider reading a book about Dr. King with the young children in your life to help impart the importance of his legacy. Some books to consider include "My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Martin Luther King III, “Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson or “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport.

Due to impending weather, this weekend’s Stuff the Bus event has been postponed.  For dates, times and locations of upco...
01/17/2020

Due to impending weather, this weekend’s Stuff the Bus event has been postponed. For dates, times and locations of upcoming events, visit: http://bit.ly/FfxStufftheBus

UPDATE: January 18 Stuff the Bus postponed.Fight hunger and feed hope in Fairfax County! Help us fill the shelves of are...
01/17/2020

UPDATE: January 18 Stuff the Bus postponed.
Fight hunger and feed hope in Fairfax County! Help us fill the shelves of area food banks. Stuff the Bus will be collecting donations Jan. 18-Feb. 15 at locations throughout the county. To find a location near you, follow this link: http://bit.ly/FfxStufftheBus

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

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12011 Government Center Pkwy, Ste 920
Fairfax, VA
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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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