Successful Children and Youth Policy Team

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jesse Ellis,
Prevention Manager




School Readiness

In 2013, the SCYPT endorsed a set of recommendations (PDF) related to ensuring all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The broader and more comprehensive Fairfax County Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan (PDF) was endorsed in 2017, and the recommendations of the School Readiness Resources Panel (PDF) were endorsed in 2020. 

Behavioral Health

Strategies endorsed by the SCYPT have led to multiple initiatives to expand and improve the behavioral health system of care for children and youth. In 2013, the SCYPT adopted the recommendations of the Interagency Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (PDF), establishing the initiative that would become Healthy Minds Fairfax. The Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care Blueprint (PDF) (Healthy Minds Blueprint) was endorsed in 2016. A new blueprint is in development; the final report for the initial blueprint highlights key achievements. 

School Attendance

The SCYPT initiated a multi-sector effort to address chronic absenteeism in Fairfax County schools. The Attendance Action Plan (PDF) was endorsed in 2015. 



Community Schools

The SCYPT is working to develop a systemic approach to implementing community schools in Fairfax. A 2019 presentation to the SCYPT on Community Schools Updates and Next Steps (PDF) provides the basis of the approach.


Workforce Readiness

In 2021, the SCYPT is convening a workgroup to develop recommendations to ensure all youth graduate from high school and, if not continuing with higher education, are able to obtain a job that positions themselves for a successful career. 



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