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.
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.
Fairfax County fosters world-class education that includes full support and alignment with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and its strategic plan. Many people choose to move to Fairfax County because of its outstanding public school system. FCPS serves more than 190,000 students and is a primary contributor to our vision of building an educated, skilled, compassionate and culturally competent community. The FCPS strategic plan lays out the specific goals, metrics and strategies that will lead to student success, and the School Board, staff and families of FCPS are working diligently to implement that plan. Fairfax County Government will continue to seek and communicate opportunities to collaborate with our school system, enhancing ways to support their educational efforts while advancing strategic community objectives such as:
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.
Access to Early Childhood Education
Quality and Accessibility of 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
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