More than half of the 75 children who start at the Center haven't had the chance to build block towers with friends, draw pictures, or have stories read aloud ordinary experiences that stimulate children's curiosity, love of books, and social skills essential for success in school. Fortunately, preschool-age children from low-income, working families can have these experiences in the Children's Center's early education program. Guided by trained preschool teachers and playing alongside classmates whose families may also have immigrated, children quickly build vital language, social, and cognitive skills. Those who need special help receive services to get them over developmental hurdles and on track for school. By the time they leave for kindergarten, more than 90% have skills at expected levels and those with ongoing delays have a plan for continued services. Let's give these children the strong start they deserve.

Awards & Recognition

Nonprofit of the Year by the McLean Chamber of Commerce, 2016

Accredited with commendations by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC), 2014.

Re-awarded a 4-Star Rating (out of 5 possible) in the Virginia Star Quality Initiative voluntary assessment of preschools in 2015.

Outstanding Service to Young Children Award from Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children, 2008.


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • The current budget for Falls Church-McLean Children's Center is: $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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