Neighborhood and Community Services

703-324-4600 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Lloyd Tucker
Director

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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 continuum of county- and community-based resources that promote equity and create positive outcomes for people of all ages and abilities.

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News and Information

Rendering of renovated OMVHS

June 13, 2024
Fairfax County is seeking input on a new name and identity for Original Mount Vernon High School (OMVHS). A community meeting to provide feedback on proposed options will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Gerry Hyland Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy., Suite 221, Mount Vernon, VA. The extensive Original Mount Vernon High School Renovation project began in Fall 2023. Teen and Senior programming at NCS' South County Community Center, located at OMVHS, was moved to nearby centers in Fall 2023. Renovations on the 85-year-old building are expected to be complete in the Spring of 2026. OMVHS, located at 8333 Richmond Hwy., Mount Vernon, is listed on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register and the National Registry of Historic Places. The goal of the renaming project is to re-envision the site with a new name and identity that better reflects the vibrancy of the community. The new OMVHS facility will be designed to accommodate the programming needs of the community while supporting the vision of One Fairfax and the Fairfax County Strategic Plan. The proposed programs and future uses are organized in three groups: Core elements are the Teen and Senior Center, Gym, Early Childhood Education programs and non-profit programs, . Anchor elements are educational programs to support workforce development and financial literacy. Complementary elements are business incubation spaces as well as visual and performing arts programs that are in synergy with the core and anchor element programs. Additionally, the Welcome Center and the current library, which will be converted to an event space with this project, will be used by the community for gatherings and provide opportunities for community events. For more information, call 703-324-5800, TTY 711 or FairfaxCounty.gov search: “Original Mount Vernon High School.” To arrange meeting language interpretation services, childcare and transportation from Gum Springs Community Center, contact Maria Franco-Nativi at 703-704-6700, TTY 711, or e-mail maria.franco-nativi@fairfaxcounty.gov. See more meeting info on these flyers: English Spanish
Men, women, children and flags representing military families.
May 31, 2024
Fairfax County is proud to announce the Veterans and Military Families Commission, a new commission established by the Board of Supervisors that will provide services to county veterans and their families. Five commission at-large board members - Robert Magielnicki, Michael S. Donovan, Angela Howard, Penny Gross and Michael Halligan - were appointed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Thirteen more members representing FCPS, George Mason University and area military organizations, among others, have been nominated and will be confirmed at a future date.  The commission, coordinated through the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, was established to identify the unique issues and challenges faced by Fairfax County veterans, active duty service members, military retirees and their families to connect them with services and supports, address gaps in services and opportunities, improve access to service systems, and enhance the institutional structures across the continuum of care for the military community.  The commission will seek advice and guidance from county staff to address the problems facing the military community that lives and works in Fairfax County. According to the Board Matter introduced in January 2024, Fort Belvoir is Fairfax County’s largest employer, and the county is home to more than 45,000 active-duty military, selected reserve members, and an estimated 65,000 veterans. More than 14,500 students in Fairfax County Public Schools are connected to the military, and 18 Fairfax County schools have been recognized as Purple Star Schools. Christopher Pulley, NCS' Veterans Coordinator and an Air Force veteran, said years of efforts have resulted in the establishment of the commission. "I can think of no better way to honor Military Appreciation Month in May than to formally announce this commission," said Pulley. "There are so many issues affecting today's veterans. Among them: affordable housing, food insecurity, affordable childcare, employment, mental health and medical treatment. " For more information, please visit the Veterans and Military Families Commission website. For additional resources, please visit the Fairfax County veterans page.
Group of women educators in blue shirts at Fairfax County Government Center
May 13, 2024
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services' Early Childhood Programs and Services and non-profit Fairfax Futures held the 20th Annual School Readiness Symposium on April 27, 2024.  Nearly 300 early childhood educators from centers, permitted county child care homes and public pre-K programs attended the event at the Fairfax County Government Center. This year's theme was "The Brain - Everything Starts Here: Understanding and Fostering Development." See a video of the event from Fairfax Channel 16.  “Twenty years is a special milestone to reach as an organization, and the Symposium marks the important role that Fairfax Futures plays in our community,” said Sallyann Rodriguez-Sawao, Fairfax Futures’ executive director. “It was wonderful to see so many educators coming out for the event. I also appreciate the dedication from my colleagues to organize this creative and impactful day for our community. We are grateful to our event supporters – the PNC Foundation; Eleccion, LLC; and Truist for joining us this year." NCS Deputy Director Keisha Dotson welcomed everyone, followed by remarks from Jermaine Johnson, PNC Financial Services Regional President/Greater Washington and Virginia. The keynote was delivered by Dr. Angela Searcy, a teacher, early intervention provider and author of the book "Push Past It!  A Positive Approach to Challenging Classroom Behaviors."  See video of the keynote speech.  Participants also took part in breakout sessions, workshops and a resource fair. Workshop presenters included: IFEL Early Childhood Specialists Bernice Mayfield and Debbie Weigand; Michelle Saenz from the TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health at the University of Chicago; Early Learning and Museum Specialists from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center; Fairfax County Library Division representatives Tina Mraz and Renee Edwards; and Pamela Sneed, Early Childhood Education Program Administrative Specialist. See a photo album of the event on our Flickr page. Learn more about Fairfax Futures' work in the community and follow on Facebook.    

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