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Summer Meals for Kids
Fan Care Program
Summer Reading Program
NCS RECQuest - School Break Activity for Grades 1-6
National Night Out - August 2
RecPac Summer Recreation Program
Cooling Assistance Program
Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019 School Year
Required School Immunizations - FREE at the Health Department
Upcoming Events
Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

Summer Meals for Kids

Free Summer Meals Program for Kids

Kids & Teens Eat FREE!

The Summer Meals for Kids Program provides free, healthy meals to kids ages 5 to 18. Sites provide breakfast and/or lunch as indicated (see lists of open and closed sites for details). 

Site and eligibility information for the 2018 Summer Meals for Kids Program:

     Open Sites - Free, nutritious meals will be provided to all children

     Closed Sites - Free meals will be provided to children from households who meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program Children who are part of households that receive SNAP, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals

For more information, please contact Brent Quarles at 703-324-5330, TTY 711, or by e-mail at

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Fan Care Program

The Fan Care Program - June 1 - Sept. 30 

The Fan Care program begins on June 1 and runs through the end of September. The Fan Care program is another way to help older Fairfax area residents stay safe in the summer heat. This electric fan distribution program, sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with the Virginia Department for the Aging, annually provides a limited number of free fans or window air conditioners to eligible senior adults in the Fairfax area.

To qualify for Fan Care, a person must be at least 60 years old, need a fan to prevent heat-related health problems and meet income eligibility requirements. Not everyone in the home needs to be an older adult to qualify for a fan, but all incomes must be counted. There is a limit of one fan per household.

To request an application, call the Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services – Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-7694,, TTY 703-449-1186..

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Summer Reading Program

2018 Summer Reading Adventure – June 15 – September 1

Fairfax County Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure.

Kids and teens can track their reading online or with a reading log they pick up in any Fairfax County Public Library branch. Finish reading the required number of books by September 1 and go to a library branch to pick up your coupon book which has a variety of free prizes and discounts. Check out the sponsor page! 

The Summer Reading Adventure also includes Special Events and Contests!

Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 711).

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NCS RECQuest - School Break Activity for Grades 1-6

NCS Spring RECQuest - Summer 2018 (English, Spanish) - June 18 - August 24, 2018

Registration Opens April 1

RECQuest Eligibility:

  • Fall and Winter Sessions: First through sixth graders
  • Summer Session: Rising first graders through rising sixth graders.
  • Fees are based on a sliding scale based on household income as listed in the registration packet for each specific RECQuest session. Mastercard, Visa, cash, check or money orders are accepted for payment. Some field trips and activities may require additional fees. Please contact your RECQuest location for details.
  • Scholarship Opportunities are available - eligibility requirements apply. Please contact a participating location near you for details.

  • Website for more information on registration and locations:

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    National Night Out - August 2

    National Night Out – August 7, 2018
    America’s Night Out Against Crime

    National Night Out is a unique community event, celebrated in the United States and Canada, that focuses on prevention of crime and drug activity, and is held the first Tuesday of August every year. It is designed to heighten community awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, and to promote emergency preparedness.

    How I get involved?
    ·  Get out there and enjoy!
    ·  Offer to help support your neighborhood block party, cookout or other planned event
    ·  Volunteer to organize an event or gathering if none is planned in your neighborhood
    ·  Print and fill out a registration form for your community event.  Click here.

    Call or e-mail a crime prevention officer at your district police station for more information about registering a National Night Out 2018 event in your neighborhood.

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    RecPac Summer Recreation Program

    Summer 2018 - July 2 to August 9, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    More than 40 locations round the county

    Download RecPAC Registration Packet 
    Pre-registration - April 23 - June 15, 2018

    • Pre-register and save $8 each week per child 
    • Register on-line 
    • Register by Phone 703-222-4664. TTY 703-803-3354
    • Mailed registrations must be post marked by June 15 to receive early registration discount. Mail payment and registration form to FCPA/Re-PAC, PO Box 4606, Fairfax, VA 22038.  
    • Fax registrations to 70-653-9440, when registering by fax, you must include credit card information
    • See Parktakes Magazine mailing label for your member number 
    • * Sliding scale fees and partial scholarships available *

    A separate registration form is needed for each child. There is no maximum enrollment at Rec-PAC sites. Staff will be added to accommodate as needed.

    Walk-In Registration - Begins July 5, 2016 and is open every Monday 8:30 a.m. - Noon. See location list for site times. Payment is accepted by check, money order, or Visa/MasterCard, only. No cash.

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    Cooling Assistance Program

    Applications for the Cooling Assistance Program will be accepted from June 15 through August 15.

    Apply Online - or -

    For more information or an application form, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services Cooling Assistance page.

    You may also request an application by calling 703-787-3100; TTY: 711 or pick one up at any of the county’s DFS offices:

           Annandale - Heritage Center, West Wing, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale

           Fairfax - Pennino Building, 2nd floor, 12011 Government Center Parkway

           Reston - Lake Anne Office Building, 4th floor 11484 Washington Plaza West, Reston

           Alexandria - South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy, 4th floor 

    Eligibility and income limit information as a flyer in pdf form is available in English and Spanish.

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    Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019 School Year

    Will your child be five years old by September 30th? Visit this link to find out what you need to know to register for Kindergarten:

    Required School Immunizations - FREE at the Health Department

    Parents: It's Time to Immunize!

    Documentation of immunization is required for children entering kindergarten and sixth grade and for new students transferring into Fairfax County Public Schools The Fairfax County Health Department offers school required immunizations from your health care provider and at the Fairfax County Health Department's five clinics. To shorten your wait, call ahead to make an appointment

    Click here for more important information for parents and immunization forms


    Upcoming Events

    Free Parent Resource Center Workshops

    Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

    CommonHelp Online Application

    CommonHelp is the Commonwealth of Virginia's fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Energy Assistance and Child Care. Through a single online site, you can find out what assistance you might be eligible for and submit one application saving you time and effort.

    The website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Fairfax County to find out if they might be able to get: 


    If you already know you are eligible for services, a Virginia Commonhelp account will allow you to quickly and easily:

    • Check and renew benefits

    • Link your account to a specific case

    • Report changes to your account

    • Update your account information

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