For over 40 years, Main Street Child Development Center has offered high quality, early childhood education to Fairfax families, most of whom are among the working poor. 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 clinical social worker and licensed, special education teacher on site, students struggling with chronic stress, behavioral challenges, language and developmental delays get specialized care. All children are screened for vision, hearing, and language delays (and receive glasses and speech therapy if needed). An additional 25 Main Street graduates attend before-school, after-school and summer programs complete with tutoring, sports, and healthy meals to keep them on track. Parenting workshops and English classes strengthen the skills of moms and dads (74% of households speak another language at home), and families regularly come together for social events, focus groups, and field trips. Preparing children for kindergarten and beyond, and supporting parents: with your help, Main Street is here to stay.

Awards & Recognition

National Accreditation for fifth cycle for the National Association for the Education of the Young Child,July 2014 and a 4 Star Rating by the State of Virginia Star Quality Initiative, QRIS 2009 to 2011


    Budget (FY2015)

    • $3 million or higher
    • The current budget for Main Street Child Development Center is: $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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