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Local Children’s Center Chosen as 1 of Region’s Best

After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center to be part of its 2018-19 class of Best Nonprofits of the Greater Washington Region. Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of more than 120 experts in local philanthropy and has met the Catalogue’s high standards.

This is the sixth consecutive time since 2004 that Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center (the Children’s Center) has been honored by the Catalogue as “One of the Best Nonprofits in the Greater Washington Region.” The Children’s Center page on the Catalogue for Philanthropy web site can be seen at: http://cfp-dc.org/FCMCC.

The Children’s Center provides a year-round early education program that guides 80 children, typically of low-income levels, to build their fundamental skills to be ready to succeed in school.

The program was founded by members of 20 area faith groups in response to news articles of children who were being left at home alone or in cars while their parents worked, due to a lack of affordable, full-time child care.

The resulting Children’s Center started in the basement of Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church on Westmoreland Road in McLean where it welcomed children for its first 33 years, until the church wanted the space for its own program.

In 2003, Fairfax County constructed its current venue to prevent the important community resource from closing.

Since its inception, the Children’s Center has provided an affordable early education program for more than 5,000 children.