News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 26, 2012

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for December 26, 2012. Coming up, learn about a statewide assessment of early childhood care and education needs, Reston Community Center’s “Diva Central” dress drive and thinking green following the holidays. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Virginia Department of Social Services has contracted with James Madison University to conduct a statewide assessment of early childhood care and education needs. By filling out the Virginia Early Childhood Needs Assessment Survey parents can help the Virginia Department of Social Services find gaps in preschool and child care services so the state can coordinate resources to best respond to these areas of need. The Fairfax County Office for Children and Fairfax County Public Schools are working in partnership with JMU to make sure that the county is well represented in the Virginia Early Childhood Needs Assessment. As part of this effort hard copy surveys will be available through the schools, many county agencies and community groups. The family survey is also available online in English, Spanish and Arabic. Learn more online at


Reston Community Center is starting the new year by collecting new and/or recently worn prom dresses for its annual “Diva Central” dress drive for teens in need. Residents can drop off their dry-cleaned prom dresses at RCC’s Hunters Woods location starting Jan. 4, until March 4. RCC also invites the community to the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, highlighted by keynote speaker Julian Bond, on Sunday, Jan. 20. For more information on these events, visit the RCC website at


It is that time of the year when we need to make room for gifts and new purchases,  and get rid of what we don’t need or use anymore. The Fairfax County Department of Purchasing and Supply Management encourages everyone to think green before throwing away something that may be useful to others. Go to to find teachers and schools who can use your old sports equipment or furniture; give used books to your local library and donate gently used clothes to a thrift store. Donate or recycle and make a difference in your community!


Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county including theater, concerts, outdoor adventures, gardening workshops, presentations on nature and history, family fun and much more, and delivers them right to your inbox every Thursday evening.  Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county.  Subscribe to “Weekender” today at

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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