Child and Family Network Center (Alexandria, VA)


  • Name:Miss Alison Doherty
  • Title:Development Associate

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child and Family Network Center
  • Address:3701-A Mount Vernon Ave
    Alexandria, VA 22305
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:703-836-0214
  • Main fax:703-836-3180

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  • Mission:
  • Based in Alexandria, Virginia, CFNC’s mission is to provide caring, high-quality, free education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare them for success in school and life

  • Overview:
  • CFNC operates 10 preschool classrooms that together have the capacity to serve 175 three- and four-year-old children and their families living in Alexandria's and Arlington's poorest neighborhoods.CFNC provides bilingual, high-quality, free pre-k education, and intensive social services from 9am to 5pm, year-round to at-risk children and families, the underserved working poor. For many area children, poverty, and limited English proficiency threaten to derail their education before it has even begun. However, free, high-quality preschool, such as CFNC, can reverse this trend and put kids on-track to thrive in school. Three bilingual social workers support parents as they work toward self-sufficiency and learn parenting skills that support their children’s education. Counseling, case management, home-visits, financial literacy classes, social skills groups, job referrals, a mother’s support group, and a variety of parental education workshops are provided onsite. Ancillary health services enable parents to support the healthy development of their children, access community-based services, and ensure all children enter kindergarten with the appropriate vaccinations, physicals and health screenings. ESL classes are offered three days per week, two times per day to parents and community members.

    CFNC’s robust programs are designed to meet the needs of three- and four-year-old boys and girls and their families who: (1) are not eligible for other preschool programs, (2) live at or below 185% of poverty in Alexandria and Arlington, VA, and (3) are eligible for free or reduced –priced lunch by USDA standards.

    In FY2013, nearly 100% of our families are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals by USDA standards with almost half of our families at or below 100% of the federal poverty line; 85% of our families speak little to no English at home (with 12 different languages represented); 82% of families are Hispanic/Latino, 14% are African American, 2% are Asian, and 2% are White. CFNC families are very diverse, coming to the United States from twenty different countries including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Bolivia, Pakistan, and Kuwait and 70% of students’ parents have not completed high school (with an average parent educational attainment of 8th grade). CFNC is a navigator for many and a safe haven for many more that are new to this country.

    In FY2012, 172 children and their families (approximately 688 individuals based on average family size of 4) benefited from CFNC’s programs in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia and 159 children demonstrated an average developmental gain of 2.5 levels through the COR assessment, far exceeding the national average of 0.9. CFNC helped 119 preschool students with limited English proficiency improve their English by at least one level. Additionally, CFNC reached a very important milestone by empowering 172 families who successfully achieved at least one goal that demonstrated improved parenting skills, stable living environment, English acquisition, and/or job readiness. Other accomplishments include:
    • CFNC opened new classroom serving 15 children in Chirilagua (a neighborhood in Alexandria) in September 2012.
    • In collaboration with Northern Virginia Families Services, CFNC began the first Spanish-speaking perinatal support group for Latino women in Spring 2012. The biweekly meetings have averaged three to six participants per class, and attendance is growing by word-of-mouth.
    • CFNC is among the first preschool programs in Virginia to receive a star rating as part of the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, a quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs. CFNC’s classrooms obtained three and four star ratings (out of five stars).

    CFNC fills a critical gap in preschool availability in Alexandria and Arlington. Every day we alter the trajectory of poverty, decreasing key risk factors of poverty for Northern Virginia's most vulnerable children and families.

  • History:
  • CFNC was started in 1984 by a group of mothers living in public housing after 17 of their children failed kindergarten. From that modest beginning, CFNC has continuously expanded both the reach and depths of its accredited preschool programs and comprehensive family services programs. In response to community need, CFNC's repertoire now includes family counseling, case management, home-visits, job referrals, English as a second language (ESL) classes, parental education workshops, and ancillary health services. As we've been doing for 28 years, CFNC operates in distressed communities in Alexandria and Arlington with high concentrations of people for whom English is a second language.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:37


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:54-1589809

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:541589809
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:3700 WHEELER AVE
  • Organization City:ALEXANDRIA
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:22304-6405
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):046, 032
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Private school, Nursery school
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B22Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,675,939
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,053,040
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,009,922
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 5:06:28 pm

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