Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-4600
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Pallas Washington,
Regional Manager

NCS Connects


NCS Connects
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Welcome to NCS Connects, your virtual resource for youth, teens, parents and guardians!

 

Social distancing and self-isolation can be difficult for anyone, but for children, it may be especially challenging. The good news is that you can keep the learning going from home – and have fun, too!

Scroll down to check out This Week's Activities from NCS Community and Teen Centers, or browse our Exploration Station for on-demand resources and previous activities for students in grades 1-12 and their parents.

 

Latest News

It's Virtual Spirit Week! May 25-29

Spirit Week May 25-29
Join us this week! For each daily theme, share your photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NCSconnects. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) - Wear Red, White & Blue!
  • Tuesday, May 26 - Crazy Hair Day
  • Wednesday, May 27 - Team Spirit Day
  • Thursday, May 28 - Workout Day
  • Friday, May 29 - Tie-Dye Day

Food Resources for Families

Supper meals are available for pickup daily:

"Grab & Go" meals are available for pickup daily at:

For additional community food distribution sites, including FCPS grab & go locations, community meal distribution, food pantries and other related services, visit the Fairfax County Food Resources map.

Activity Supplies

To complete the weekly activities, a limited number of arts and craft kits will be available on a first come, first served basis.
 
Request a kit by calling your local or base Community or Teen Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by emailing us at NCSconnects@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

This Week's Activities

Explore #NCSconnects activities created just for Fairfax County youth and teens. New stuff added on Mondays!

Updated May 25, 2020


Community Mapping
(grades 1-6)

Emjoi Bookmark
(all ages)

Ice Cream in a Bag
(all ages)
Hand-drawn community map Bookmark in an open book Bag of ice


Origami w/ Mr. Earl (video)


Mosaic Window Art (video)

Hidden Crayon Message (video) 

Coming soon!
 

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Exploration Station

Adapted Virtual Learning

CoachArt Teen girl studying– Resources for parents, guardians and caregivers who want to provide enriching crafts for children with physical conditions, plus 10 easy crafts for kids with motor disabilities.

Common Sense Education – Special education apps and websites recommended by educators and experts, including apps that address foundational skills, boost social and emotional skills, and help kids with autism follow a schedule.

Into the Book – A multimedia package designed to improve elementary students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum. Includes nine 15-minute classroom videos teaching children how to be strategic readers.

LD Resources Foundation – A list of assistive technology tools that are helpful for learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADHD.

Learning Ally – A proven accommodation for kids with reading-based learning differences such as dyslexia. Human-read audiobooks for kids will help them focus, visualize and understand content.

Reading Rockets – Research-based reading strategies, lessons and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and help struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Previous Activities

Bookworm Workout

Culture

Teen boy playing guitar

Fairfax County Public Library's Virtual Programs – Digital programs for all ages include early literacy services, online storytimes, book clubs, writing challenges, scavenger hunts, comic cons and more. 

Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage – Watch original works, new clips, and explore a vast archive of performances.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Daily art lessons with the Kennedy Center’s Education Artist-in-Residence at Home.

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Educational resources for families, and an opportunity to explore items from the collection.

National Museum of Natural History – Take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum as well as past exhibits no longer on display.

NPR Music – A list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

NPR Tiny Desk – Intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen.

PBS UNUM Ken Burns – Explore American history through scenes selected from across 40 films.

Previous Activities

Rock Painting

Academics

Young boy writing

Fairfax County Public Schools Blog – Find creative ideas and resources to keep children busy and learning at home in the "Healthy Minds" section of the FCPS blog (updated weekly). 

Heifer International – Downloadable books, mazes, word searches and more from Heifer International’s school programs, with topics in social studies (geography, economics), science and language arts. Designed for students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Into the Book – A multimedia package designed to improve elementary students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum. Includes nine 15-minute classroom videos teaching children how to be strategic readers.

Previous Activities

Bookworm Workout

Health & Wellness

Teen girl stretching

Fairfax County Park Authority's Virtual Exploration Center – Find tools to help you stay healthy, connected and engaged from your home or neighborhood.

AAKOMA Project – Teens or young adults may register for up to three free virtual mental health sessions.

Our Minds Matter – Virtual weekly wellness meetings that promote social connectedness and the development of healthy habits and coping skills for students.

Previous Activities

Circuit Training w/ Jerald (video)

STEAM

Young boy lookin through binocularsBaltimore Aquarium – Take a virtual tour of the aquarium’s live exhibits and explore scenes such as Atlantic Coral Reef, Dolphins, Shark Alley and more.

Code.org – Learn computer science at home with these introductory tutorials and courses for all ages. Includes a live, weekly interactive classroom and challenge to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers.

Discovery Museum at Home – At-home activities to inspire fun and interactive ways to play, learn and explore.

Environmental Learning Center – Enjoy free virtual workshops that keep you connected to nature. Topics include Earth Issues, Tiny Living, Forest Therapy, and Media Making. 

Master’s in Data Science: Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids – A comprehensive guide for students in elementary school to high school, including 239 cool websites about science, technology, engineering and math.

National Aquarium – Aquatic activities to do at home, plus livestreams providing up-close looks at the Blacktip Reef exhibit, blue blubber jellies, and residents of a Pacific coral reef.

National Building Museum – Discover architecture, design and engineering with hands-on, educational activities for all ages.

National Geographic Museum – View a virtual tour of "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall," a story of extraordinary scientific achievement and inspiration.

National Informal STEM Education Network – Exhibits and digital activity kits on earth and space science, life sciences, engineering and technology and more.

Smithsonian Learning Lab – An interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning.

Previous Activities

Exploding Lunch Bag

Paper Plate Greenhouse

Parent Resources

NCS Connects Information for Parents

Fairfax County Children, Youth and Families Division – Virtual support for parents through videos, virtual classes, parent groups, a parent support hotline and more.

Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center – Attend free parent workshops to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. 

FCPS Mental Wellness Consultations – Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student.

Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps – Spiritual support by phone is available for adults 18 and over.

AAKOMA Project – Register for up to three free virtual mental health sessions for your teen or young adult.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant