Falls Church - McLean Children's Center

Mission

Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center provides a comprehensive, high-quality, early-childhood program designed to give all young children, regardless of their family’s economic resources, a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their lives.

Our Current Program Report

Read Our 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT

The History of the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center

  • In response to news articles about children being left at home or alone in cars because of the lack of affordable child care, volunteers from over 20 area faith groups decided to take action.
  • They established the Center with the mission of providing high-quality early childhood education that would be affordable to low-income working families.
  • On October 10, 1968, the center opened its doors with the enrollment of 15 children in the basement of Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church.
  • From these humble beginnings, the Center has grown to its current enrollment of over 70 children.
  • In 2003, the Center moved from the basement of the church to its current location: A dedicated wing of Lemon Road Elementary School, built especially for the Center.

Licensing and Accreditation

  • We received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children on July 9, 2014 with above perfect scores in 6 of 10 program areas.
  • The Center is licensed as a child care facility with the state of Virginia. During our most recent licensing renewal inspection was conducted in February 2016. See results here.
  • We were the first school in D.C./Virginia/Maryland area to be accredited!
  • We participate in the voluntary Virginia Star Quality Initiative, which commits us to continued improvement of our already-strong program. In our most recent evaluation in 2015, the Center was awarded its second 4-Star rating (out of 5 possible Stars).

Honors/Awards

The Center has been honored by the Virginia General Assembly, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Public School System and other local faith and community groups for its outstanding service.

  • Temple Rodef Shalom presented the Center with the Rabbi Richard Sternberger Award for Social Justice.
  • The Catalogue for Philanthropy chose the Center as one of the finest small charities in Greater Washington in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
  • In July 2007, the Fairfax County Office for Children selected us as one of only three child care centers in the county to participate in Governor Kaine’s Start Strong early childhood education pilot program.
  • In October 2007, the National Association for the Education of Young Children selected us as one of only three centers in the United States to participate in the filming of a training video for early childhood educators.
  • In November 2007, Virginia First Lady Anne Holton Kaine visited the Center to learn more about our program. She returned in 2012 before she was named Virginia’s Secretary of Education.
  • In 2008, the Executive Director, Elizabeth Page, received the prestigious Fairfax Futures School Readiness Educator Award for her deep commitment to building partnerships that support the school readiness of young children.
  • The Northern Virginia affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children awarded their 2008 award for Outstanding Service to Young Children to the Children’s Center.
  • McLean Chamber of Commerce named the Children’s Center Nonprofit of the Year in 2016.