Falls Church - McLean Children's Center

 

 

 

 

A celebration of 50 years of Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center brought together original founders, long-time ongoing supporters, and a new generation of faith group members ready to join in the community effort of sustaining high-quality, early child education for the next half century.

Attendees included Rosemary Inlow of McLean, one of the original group of citizens who responded to the need for a safe, affordable, full-time child care program in the late 1960s that led to the creation of the Children’s Center in 1968.  Faith group members represented 10 of the Center’s original 20 founding organizations: Chesterbrook United Methodist Church, Dulin United Methodist Church, Garfield Memorial Church, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church Temple Rodef Shalom and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Names of those faith groups and 14 others were enscribed on a plaque that was unveiled during the Founders’ Breakfast. That plaque will be displayed at the Children’s Center.  A framed replica was given to each faith group to keep their congregation members aware of the ongoing relationship between their place of worship and the Children’s Center.

The 60 guests toured classrooms where they saw early education in action for 2- to 5-year-olds. Many originalsupporters had not seen the Children’s Center since it left its original venue, Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church, and moved into its current home in 2003, a move that was 15 years in the making, according to Former Executive Director Margery Leveen Sher. She described the evolution of  Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, captured in her just-released book, “A Beacon of Light,” available on Amazon.com and SmileAmazon.com

 

 

 

Board President Jan Auerbach recognized elected officials who also played a key role in the Center’s continuing operations when it faced finding a new venue. Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust who presented a Proclamation from the county board congratulating the Center on its anniversary; Del. Marcus Simon, VA-D, who secured a joint resolution in honor of the Center’s anniversary, which was read by his mother Susan Simon, while the delegate participated in a special session in Richmond. She thanked Nancy Scott for representing her husband, Jim Scott who as Delegate during his 11 terms in the House of Delegates frequently defended funding for early childhood education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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