Investing in School Readiness
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Spring/Summer Programming at Fairfax Futures

August 7, 2018


Fairfax Futures thanks the PNC Foundation and Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation

John Feeney Joins Fairfax Futures Board

June 29, 2018

Fairfax Futures is delighted to welcome Mr. John W. Feeney as the newest member of its Board of Directors, lending financial expertise and strong community connections to the board. Mr. Feeney joins the board from PNC Wealth Management where he serves as a vice president and relationship strategist in the Greater Washington market. 

Prior to joining PNC, Mr. Feeney held the role of regional banking consultant with Wells Fargo and Merrill Lynch and most recently as a vice president and private banker with Morgan Stanley. He holds a BA degree from George Mason University, as well as the FINRA Series 7 and 66…

Marc Caposino Joins Fairfax Futures Board

May 7, 2018

Fairfax Futures is pleased to announce that Mr. Marc Caposino has joined the Board of Directors, lending his marketing and communications expertise to the board. Mr. Caposino is the chief executive officer and marketing director of FuseLab Creative, a full service digital creative agency. Previously he served as creative director for Balance Interactive, communications and marketing director for Seamon Corporation, and director of communications in the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. He holds a master’s degree in English from California State University, Long Beach.

Fairfax Futures Welcomes New Executive Director

Sallyann Bergh joins Fairfax Futures as its new executive director, replacing Vera Blore, who is relocating after having served in the role for a total of nearly eight years. Bergh joins the organization after a five-year stint at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

“We are delighted to welcome Sallyann Bergh to this key leadership position at Fairfax Futures,” said Cathy Lange, Chairman of the organization. “Through her work at the Pew Charitable Trusts, she understands the importance of investing in quality early childhood education as key to school readiness and later academic and workforce success. The Board of Directors looks forward…

Fairfax Futures Welcomes Two New Board Members

Fairfax Futures is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Rudin and Mr. Julio Gonzalez have joined the Board of Directors, lending their strong leadership skills and expertise to the board.

Dr. Rudin is a recognized expert in education, human services and public health. She served most recently as executive vice president at ICF, overseeing a range of government consulting work throughout her twelve-year tenure at the company. Previously, she served as practice leader at Caliber Associates. She holds a master’s degree and PhD in child and family development from the University of Georgia. Dr. Rudin also serves as board chair for Northern…

Nurturing Creative Thinking in Young Children

Creativity – one might think that you are either born with that talent, or not. But thought leaders disagree. They say creativity can be cultivated. Current definitions of creativity emphasize the ability to see things from different perspectives, ask questions, and solve problems. Experimenting, failing, and learning from failure are essential aspects of creative thinking. Fostering young children’s natural curiosity, imagination and playfulness is the focus of Fairfax Futures’ 14th Annual School Readiness Symposium, where Dr. Rebecca Isbell will be the featured speaker. Isbell is the co-author of

Mentoring Family Child Care Providers to Support School Readiness

Thanks to the support of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Early Care and Education Collaborative, with an additional grant from Wells Fargo, Fairfax Futures collaborated with Fairfax County Office for Children to mentor a cohort of 15 family child care providers committed to the school readiness of the children in their care.

The program had several components, including:

  • Introduction to the use of the Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care to help educators create a routine, implement developmentally appropriate practices and better plan individual experiences for each child in their care
  • Administration…

Fairfax County Reaffirms Commitment to School Readiness

Fairfax County recently reaffirmed its deep commitment to school readiness for all children in the County, regardless of economic, cultural or ethnic background, by adopting the Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan. The six-year plan includes five core strategies for implementation by 2022:

* Partnerships with families
* High quality experiences for all children
* Well-prepared professional educators
* Using data to make decisions

Virginia Children Benefit from CHIP Funding Renewal

Congress funded the federal Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six additional years as part of the continuing resolution passed in January. Voices for Virginia’s Children reports that the funding means that 69,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in Virginia will continue to have access to health care through the state’s FAMIS (Family Access to…

2017 - A Banner Year for Fairfax Futures

Fairfax Futures’ newly-released Annual Report includes highlights of early childhood STEM initiatives in 2017 that engaged young children, educators and families in hands-on learning experiences.  Early childhood educators gained new knowledge and competencies, in addition to needed resources, that helped enrich the quality of STEM learning experiences they provided to the young children in their programs.

Fairfax Futures held its 13th Annual School Readiness Symposium and worked in collaboration with Fairfax County Office for Children…

Fairfax Futures’ 2nd Annual Business Leaders’ Reception

On November 9, 2017, Fairfax Futures held its Second Annual Business Leaders’ Reception, hosted by Holland & Knight and co-sponsored by PenFed Credit Union. Fairfax Futures’ Board Chair Cathy Lange welcomed guests and talked about Fairfax Futures’ ongoing efforts to support young children’s school readiness, in part by increasing the knowledge and competencies of early childhood educators across Fairfax County.

Presenters included Mr. Chuck Mills, CEO and Founder of Salera Capital Management, and Dr. Kartik Athreya, executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Mills, who formerly served…

STEM Nights Promote Family Engagement

As a follow-on to the STEM Ready Project, which provided professional development in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to a group of early childhood educators, five of the participating early childhood programs held a Family STEM Night this fall. The goal was to engage families in some of the same STEM experiences that the educators have offered to their young children. The participating centers included: ACCA Child Development Center, Kidstretch, UCM Early Learning Center, Al Fatih Academy and St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool.

One hundred families participated in the Family STEM Nights, which were made possible through…

New Video Series on STEM Experiences for Young Children

Fairfax Futures is pleased to share four short videos highlighting developmentally appropriate ways to introduce STEM experiences in early childhood settings. STEM refers to education in science, technology, engineering and math. The videos were made possible by a grant from The Boeing Company and with support from Dominion Energy.

Each of the videos incorporates children’s literature and related hands-on activities to allow children to develop their language, fine and gross motor skills, as well as critical thinking, prediction and problem solving skills. All three were filmed in Fairfax County at local child development centers…

Deanna Doan Joins Fairfax Futures' Board

Deanna Doan, co-founder and managing partner at Eleccion LLC in Herndon, VA., has joined Fairfax Futures’ Board of Directors. Ms. Doan brings 20 years of leadership and expertise in program management and organizational improvement to the board.  Before founding a management consulting company, Ms. Doan was Vice President, National Security, at Allegheny Science & Technology in Tysons Corner, VA. She holds a BS in industrial systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MS in operations research from George Mason University. Among other boards and memberships, Ms. Doan has chaired the Fairfax County Public…

Early Childhood Educators Connect with STEM

The STEM Ready program – which introduces early childhood professionals to developmentally appropriate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that they can incorporate in their early childhood environments -- is the subject of a new video.

Created through a partnership between Fairfax Futures and Fairfax County Office for Children, the STEM Ready program brought together 37 early childhood educators who spent nine weeks engaged in activities designed to foster children’s natural…

Workshop Focuses on Literacy and Life Skills for Young Children

first workshop class

Participants in the first workshop on using literacy to help young children develop life skills.
The workshop was repeated for a second class.


Thanks to a grant from Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation, 72 early childhood educators have participated in a workshop on using literacy to help young children develop and practice life skills. Workshop attendees increased their understanding of children’s emerging executive function skills and early brain development.…

Equality of Educational Opportunity Begins in Preschool

US News weighs in on a topic garnering much media attention of late: the fact that upper middle income families spend far more on educational opportunities for their children compared to lower…

STEM Kits for Early Childhood Classrooms

In partnership with Dominion Energy, Fairfax Futures recently delivered STEM education classroom kits to educators who completed a nine-week course on incorporating STEM concepts and experiences into their early childhood programs. The kits contain developmentally appropriate books, building materials and magnification stations that can be used to encourage young children’s natural curiosity, discovery and exploration.

Dominion Energy is also supporting development of an environmental science video to be produced by The Teaching Channel. The video will share ways that families and early childhood educators can introduce young children…

A Two-Generation Approach to Workforce Development

As the U. S. faces a growing shortage of highly skilled workers, a new report makes the case that the role that quality child care plays in the education and workforce pipeline has been overlooked. The report, Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce calls high-quality child care a “two generation approach” to workforce development. Quality child care helps young parents advance their education, raises workforce participation…

STEM in Early Education – Play’s the Thing

What does a STEM-focused early childhood classroom look like? Forget memorization and scripted science experiments. In fact, you might be surprised to know that play plays a prominent role. Brain research has shown that play is an important evolutionary strategy for both animals and humans. And playful, hands-on exploration is the foundation for STEM learning as this article, Through Observation and Play, Toddlers Take on Science, points out.

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