Fairfax County is a place where all residents at every stage of life are taking advantage of inclusive, responsive, and accessible learning opportunities that enable them to grow, prosper and thrive.
Indicators of Success:
Fairfax County is the home of world-class learning institutions, including an outstanding public school system, the second-largest community college in the country and excellent university programs. These institutions, along with many county programs and community-based providers, support the education and learning needs of a large and diverse population.
Many adult residents are highly educated, employed in well-paying jobs with the potential for future career growth and have broad access to digital and in-person learning programs to continue to build their skills over time. Others have less access to well-paying jobs and the learning opportunities needed to successfully compete in the regional job market, which affects both individuals and families. There is also a tremendous need for quality early childhood education, which supports school readiness and is an essential component of success later in life. Finally, older residents need to be connected and engaged, especially through increased digital access and literacy, but also through in-person opportunities that teach new skills and offer a sense of inclusion and connection.
The goal of this community outcome area is to ensure that lifelong learning opportunities and the achievement of educational goals are readily available to residents at every stage of life, regardless of age. The proposed strategies in this section are focused on addressing existing disparities in learning outcomes, while expanding and integrating Fairfax County learning opportunities in a wide variety of educational and community settings.
These proposed strategies were developed based on the extensive background work completed by the Countywide Strategic Planning Teams (listed in Appendix E). The Board will determine which strategies will be pursued, as well as when they might be undertaken. This process will be highly flexible and will adapt to respond to community conditions as they evolve over time.
NOTE: Strategies have been re-ordered to fit within their related Indicators of Community Success. Strategies with the * symbol have been added or revised to include recommendations from the Chairman's Task Force on Equity and Opportunity.
Access to Early Childhood Education
Access to Quality Technology
Participation in Learning Opportunities
Supporting Academic Achievement
Supporting Career-Based Training
Increased English Language Proficiency
Indicator: Access to Early Childhood Education
Indicator: Supporting Academic Achievement
Indicator: Supporting Career-Based Training
Indicator: Participation in Learning Opportunities
Indicator: Access to Quality Technology
Indicator: Increased English Language Proficiency