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News - Fairfax County Office for Children Receives State Preschool Grant

Fairfax County Office for Children Receives State Preschool Grant

Governor McAuliffe announced Friday, June 16, that the Fairfax County Office for Children is among five communities in the commonwealth of Virginia to receive a $250,000 grant through the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). These local communities are recognized for proposing innovative approaches to ensure all children eligible for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) are able to access programs. The funding for the grants was included in the 2016-2018 biennial budget that was introduced by the governor and approved by the General Assembly.

“If Virginia is going to lead in the global economy of the future, we must prepare our students to succeed as early as possible,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These grants will support communities across the commonwealth as they develop innovative local solutions to increase access to the Virginia Preschool Initiative for at-risk children. By investing in quality preschool education for these children, we can create new opportunity for families in every corner of the commonwealth and continue our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

Each of the winning school readiness proposals is built on deep and broad community collaboration and draws on entrepreneurial thinking to uniquely address local barriers to delivery and access to high-quality preschool.

Responding to the number of children eligible for VPI and enrolled in family child care programs, the Office for Children will work with family child care programs in areas of Fairfax County with concentrated poverty to provide high-quality preschool services. OFC programs including Child Care Assistance and Referral, Community Education and Provider Services, and the Institute for Early Learning will collaborate with key community partner Fairfax Futures to implement this initiative. The grant will help to fund innovations such as: mentoring and on-site technical assistance to support high-quality preschool experiences for children in family child care programs; and blending of funding to provide full work-day care.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to partner with family child care providers in our community to bring quality services to additional children and their families,” said Betsi Closter, OFC School Readiness Coordinator. For more information about VECF and the mixed delivery grant, visit

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