Programs for Infants, Early Childhood

Healthy Families Fairfax

Families who are referred to this program receive educational and supportive services to help promote child health development

  • Refer at-risk, pregnant or parents of newborns to Family Resource Service:
    703-246-8450; TTY: 711.
  • Mothers must be pregnant or the newborn baby must be younger than three months old
  • Families referred to the program voluntarily choose to participate
  • Services are provided until child reaches age 3
  • Read more about Healthy Families Fairfax
  • Call 703-246-8450; TTY: 711.
  • Services provided through a partnership between Department of Family Services, Health Department, Northern Virginia Family Service, United Community Ministries and Cornerstones.

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Parenting Education Programs

This program offers parenting classes that include the entire family – parents and their children.

  • Classes range from 12-24 weeks, depending on the ages of children in the family
  • Available in English or Spanish for most curriculums
  • Classes with an African American cultural focus
  • Offered in a variety of community settings
  • Classes are free, and include:
    • A light evening meal
    • Child care for children under 5 years of age
    • A structured program for children 5 years of age and older
  • For more information:
    • General information, call 703-324-7691; TTY: 703-222-9452
    • About classes in English, call 703-324-7691; TTY: 703-222-9452
    • About classes with an African American cultural focus, call 703-324-3617; TTY: 703-222-9452
    • About classes in Spanish, call 703-324-7405; TTY: 703-222-9452
  • Check the Parenting Education page to read more about types of programs available and curriculum topics, or to download a form.

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Arlington County Parent Education Program

Provides parenting education services at various county locations in both English and Spanish.

  • Parenting with Success. Eight week course in English is offered throughout the year.
    Programs are free, but participants must be referred by a service provider.
    Offered at Human Services Center, 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204. Must pre-register. Childcare available.
  • Crianza con Exito. Eight week course in Spanish is offered throughout the year.
    Programs are free, but participants must be referred by a service provider.
    Offered at Human Services Center, 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204. Must pre-register. Childcare available.
  • STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) Parenting Classes offered throughout the year for parents of children ages 0-5, 6-12, or teens.

Call 703-228-1551 or visit our Web site at (Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Division) for a current schedule of courses.

Additional services include:

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Alexandria City Early Childhood Development

City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services
Office for Early Childhood Development

  • Teen Parent groups at T.C. Williams High School after school
  • Subsidized child care may be provided while teen parent attends school
  • Participants must live in City of Alexandria

  • Call 703-746-KIDS (703-746-5437)

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Infancy and Early Childhood Program: Mental Health Services

Offers comprehensive mental health services to young children (birth through 6 years) and their parents.

  • Serves children with behavioral, emotional and/or developmental problems that affect their daily functioning at home or school
  • Sliding fee scale
  • Call Entry & Referral Services of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board at 703-383-8500 (TTY 711) to find out about services.

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Fairfax County Public Schools
Family and School Partnerships

Offers fee based classes for parents or guardians of infants through teens.

Co-Parenting:Two Parents, Two Homes classes for parents involved in custody, support or divorce (English and Spanish) Meets court requirements

Dads Matter importance of father involvement (English only)

Call 703-204-4344 or 703-204-4343 to register or for more information

You may also call the Virginia Relay: 711

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Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA)

JSSA helps children, adolescents and their parents cope with behavioral and emotional challenges that impact their sense well-being, relationships, and school performance. JSSA's team of social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists can provide:

  • Individual therapy, family therapy, emotional and psychological testing and evaluations, social skills therapy groups
  • Educational and neuropsychological testing and assessment, psychiatric services, information and referral, early childhood intervention services (ages 0-5), case management and advocacy services, support groups for parents and siblings
  • JSSA also has a comprehensive program for children, teens, and adults with learning, attention and development disabilities

    For more information, contact 703-204-9100

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Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

A Virginia-based, national non-profit organization that provides information, assistance and training for families of children with disabilities and the professionals that serve them, to help them understand their rights and negotiate the education and service systems their children need to be successful.

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