Neighborhood and Community Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-4600 | TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Sarah Allen, Acting Director

WHAT WE DO

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a broad spectrum of county- and community-based resources and services to help them be safe, be healthy and realize their potential.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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9:00AM, Thursday, February 25, 9-10 a.m.  Tai chi is an ancient Chinese…

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9:00AM, Thursday, February 25, 9-10 a.m. Topic: Fairfax County Public Library…

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10:15AM, Thursday, February 25, 10:15-11:15 a.m.  Low impact with moderate…

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10:30AM, Thursday, February 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for a virtual tour of…

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11:45AM, Thursday, February 25, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Topic: Department of…

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12:00PM, Thursday, February 25, Noon-1 p.m.  A program aimed to engage and…

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1:15PM, Thursday, February 25, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Limited Series! Yoga and…

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1:15PM, Thursday, February 25, 1:15-2:15 p.m.   Guest Performer! Arts for the…

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2:30PM, Thursday, February 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.   Expand your German learning…

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2:30PM, Thursday, February 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  An energetic cardio dance class…

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9:00AM, Friday, February 26, 9-10 a.m.  Relax and strengthen your mind and…

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9:00AM, Friday, February 26, 9-10 a.m. Guest presentation for Spanish speakers…

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10:30AM, Friday, February 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest Presenter! For most of us…

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10:30AM, Friday, February 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A strength, balance and fitness…

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12:00PM, Friday, February 26, Noon-1 p.m.  Guest Presenter! Self-Care During…

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1:15PM, Friday, February 26, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Fun and energetic fitness class!…

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1:15PM, Friday, February 26, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Beginner level conversation and…

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2:30PM, Friday, February 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Bring your snacks, coffee or tea…

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7:00PM, Friday, February 26, 7-7:45 p.m. Featured Artists! Classical Music…

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6:30PM, Personal Finance Workshop: How to Build a Better Credit Report

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2:00PM, 2021 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

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6:30PM, Personal Finance Workshop: Borrowing and Dealing with Debt

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11:00AM, 2021 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair

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6:30PM, Resume, Cover Letter & Job Search Tips

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6:30PM, Polishing Your Interview Skills

News and Information

International Recreational Therapy Month

February 19, 2021
February is International Recreational Therapy Month. You may be wondering, “What is a recreational therapist, anyway?” The answer is simple: Recreational therapists utilize recreation in creative ways to help improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. In Fairfax County, Therapeutic Recreation Services (within the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services) supports the philosophy that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in the leisure programs and activities of their choice. These activities help county residents with physical, developmental, emotional, and/or intellectual disabilities engage in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. “We empower individuals to participate in programs that best meet their needs, even as they age or their interests and needs change,” says Program Manager Sandi Dalhoff. “Ultimately, providing this autonomy and choice helps to decrease isolation while increasing socialization and independence. It’s nice to say that we’re part of an agency that supports the whole community.” NCS Therapeutic Recreation Services consists of 10 full-time staff, most of whom are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists credentialed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Supporting our programs are 100+ part-time staff who share a passion for providing meaningful, even life-changing support to individuals with varying disabilities. Of being a recreational therapist, Program Manager Sydney Solomon says, “My favorite aspect about therapeutic recreation is being able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The opportunities have been endless, and seeing participants do something they never thought possible prior to our programs is the most rewarding part of my job.” Prior to COVID-19, these programs included in-person adult social clubs, playgroups, swim safety, sports/fitness, and more. Now, Therapeutic Recreation has moved to a virtual platform, hosting a variety of programs via Zoom. These include: Preschool Learn & Play, 25-minute interactive sessions designed for children ages 2-5 with or without delays/disabilities (with a parent/caregiver available to co-lead). Register: https://bit.ly/PSLearnPlay. Youth Social, a program for school-age participants with disabilities (ages 6-21) full of fun and friends. Register: https://bit.ly/NCSYouthSocial. Tone It Up Tuesday, a virtual fitness program that gives adults with disabilities the chance to engage in a wide array of fitness and movement activities. Register: https://bit.ly/NCSTIUT. Adult Social Clubs, a virtual version of our traditional social clubs where adults with disabilities can socialize, have fun, and expand their leisure horizons. To register, contact NCS-TRACERS@fairfaxcounty.gov. In addition to these programs, Therapeutic Recreation practices can be seen throughout the entire agency. NCS as a whole strives to ensure inclusion is practiced throughout all its services. This means taking proactive approaches to ensure the programming provided at all NCS centers is inclusive of individuals of all abilities, from older adults to youth to preschoolers. Beyond these programs, Neighborhood and Community Services provides a unique therapeutic resource – the Sensory Room at Providence Community Center in Fairfax. This relaxing and calming environment offers a variety of sights, sounds and interactive elements that promote stress-free engagement and physical and intellectual development for people of all ages. Sensory Room participant and Vienna resident Poornima says, “I started taking my son to the Sensory Room at Providence when he was 16 months old. … The features of the room provided numerous opportunities for self-exploration and growth. My son has benefitted greatly from his experience in different programs at the Sensory Room and at 30 months still enjoys its different features.” The Sensory Room is currently offering 1:1 sessions during set time slots Monday through Friday. To receive more information and to schedule an appointment, contact the Providence Community Center front desk at 703-865-0520. Thank you to the entire NCS Therapeutic Recreation Services team for all you do to enhance the lives of Fairfax County residents! Visit the NCS website for more information on Therapeutic Recreation Services.

OFC Grapevine Newsletter January/February 2021 Edition Now Available

February 16, 2021
The Office for Children’s Grapevine newsletter for staff and friends is here. This issue includes articles about OFC staff serving on the Transition Team, Early Childhood Educators exploring the benefits of outdoor play during virtual book chats, CLASS Going virtual to support positive educator-child interactions and more. Read our current issue here.

John & Janice Wyatt Foundation logo

February 16, 2021
The Office for Children congratulates Fairfax Futures for being a first-time grant recipient of the John & Janice Wyatt Foundation. This multi-year grant award will directly support the Fairfax County Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan by supporting two initiatives: 1) Promoting the Use of Developmental and Social Emotional Screeners Among Early Childhood Programs to Support School Readiness and 2) Strengthening the Fairfax County Early Childhood Educator Workforce Pipeline.  OFC is delighted to work with Fairfax Futures in implementing these two initiatives. The first will support the county’s work to expand and promote the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2), a tool used in early childhood programs for developmental and social/emotional screening and which informs the provision of services for children and their families. The second initiative will create a mentorship program to support early childhood educators as they attain their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Supporting educators to attain a CDA not only helps them to advance their careers but also ensures that Fairfax County has a highly qualified early childhood educator workforce.   Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many early childhood programs have remained open, offering in-person programming that has supported children’s growth and development, helping to mitigate learning loss and support children’s school readiness. The two grant initiatives will directly support these early childhood programs and the educators who have persevered during these difficult times. To learn more about the grant award and the programs it will support, read Fairfax Futures’ press release. For more updates, follow Fairfax Futures on Facebook and Twitter.   

About Health & Human Services

This agency is a part of Fairfax County Health & Human Services (HHS). HHS is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.

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