For over 45 years, Main Street has offered high quality, early childhood education to Fairfax families, most of whom are from low-income circumstances. Experienced teachers and expert staff work with 125 two- to five-year olds a year, using a range of assessments, tools, and developmentally appropriate curricula. With a licensed clinical social worker and Fairfax County Public Schools special education teacher on site, students struggling with chronic stress, behavioral challenges, language and developmental delays get specialized care. All are screened for vision, hearing, and language challenges (and receive glasses and speech therapy if needed). Before-school, after-school, and summer programs for 25 elementary age children keep graduates on track. Parenting workshops, nutrition classes and special events build social bonds – so necessary in today's world. Preparing parents and kids for a better future: that's Main Street's main goal.
Main Street is open and continuing to fulfill its mission while serving a limited number of children in each classroom due to social distancing measures. New policies and procedures have been put in place to allow for extra cleaning, a new, limited contact check-in procedure, meals served in the classroom (with the elimination of family-style eating), a significant change in staffing to ensure classroom staff do not mix between classrooms, and the inclusion of a full-day virtual learning support program for elementary aged children.