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Virginia Preschool Initative Enrolling Students

The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) supports quality early childhood education programs for children at risk for school failure. Families with income at, or below 200% of poverty, with children who are four years old by September 30 of the school year and who live in Fairfax County are eligible for participation in VPI. Children are also eligible if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

Identified with special needs and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

  • Live in a foster care home.
  • Are under a Child Protective Service order.
  • Live in families who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • Live in families that are enrolled in the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) program.
  • Live with a teen parent.

VPI supports children’s school readiness through:

  • Quality early childhood education programs.
  • Health, mental health, dental and developmental screenings and follow-up as needed.
  • Experiences that result in smooth transitions to kindergarten.

Programs partner with families to provide:

  • Workshops and events that engage families in their children’s early education experiences.
  • Literacy programs.
  • Resource materials.

Early childhood professionals participating in VPI receive support through:

  • Ongoing professional development.
  • On-site visits and technical assistance.
  • Classroom supplies that support curriculum implementation

VPI programs in Fairfax:


Main Street Child Development Center
4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Sparkles Child Care Center
Fair Oaks
12001 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

FHS Hires Trey Taylor as Head Football Coach

Fairfax High School will welcome Trey Taylor as the new head football coach in the 2018-2019 season.

“We are delighted that Trey has agreed to become our head football coach,” said Nancy Melnick, Fairfax HS Director of Student Activities.“ Trey’s football experience, leadership qualities, and passion for working with kids are qualities which our student-athletes and community will embrace.”

Coach Taylor has been coaching in Fairfax County for 22 years and teaching since 1999.  He has been a head coach in the Virginia High School League since 2006, most recently at South Lakes High School (2014-2017). Coach Taylor brought new energy to the South Lakes program, posting a 34-15 overall record, 2 Liberty District Championships, 1 state Semi-Finalists (2016), and one Region Finals (2017) appearance. His four years as the South Lakes’ football coach and teacher was marked by increasing student numbers in the football program as well as in his Personal Fitness classes. Coach Taylor is excited about not only building a Fairfax football team that will succeed, but one that will excel and be the pride of Fairfax High School and the City of Fairfax.

“As a resident of Fairfax City for 15 years,” said Coach Taylor, “I understand the unique opportunity that exists at Fairfax High School and am excited to work with the young men of Fairfax to build a championship football program in addition developing outstanding you men who will contribute to their communities.”

Coach Taylor was introduced to Fairfax HS returning football players on Monday, July 16th and will spend the next 2 weeks preparing for the July 30th start of the season.  “Nancy and I are thrilled that Trey is joining the Fairfax High School family,” said new Principal Erin Lenart. “Trey has great leadership qualities and his record as a football coach and leading programs speaks for itself. He possesses all of the characteristics that our students need in a coach who can help them find respect and success on the playing field and in the classroom.”


Fairfax High School Hires New Band Director

Patrick Buchroeder Takes Helm for 2018-2019 School Year

Fairfax High School has hired Mr. Patric Buchroeder as Band Director for the upcoming school year. Buchroeder served as Director of Bands and the Fine Arts program coordinator for the Chillicothe City (Ohio) school district for four years, and then entered a graduate program in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University. As the Chillicothe High School band director, he also supported and co-taught at the feeder elementary and middle school music programs.

“FHS Marching Rebels kicked of the 2018 season under the direction of Mr. Patric Buchroeder at the 4th of July parade,” said Andrea Cook, Fairfax Academy Director.  “I was able to see first-hand the strong relationship Mr. Buchroeder was able to build with many of our students at his first practices. I am excited to see the program develop under Mr. Buchroeder’s leadership.”

“During the few short weeks we have spent together, I have been impressed by the level of detail and thought that goes into each of his decisions and how all the pieces fit together to form a vision focused on our amazing students,” said Cook. “We are lucky to have him join the Fairfax community!”

Learning Through Play – Early Childhood Education Event at City of Fairfax Regional Library

Hidden Pond Nature Center will visit library

Through a partnership with the Fairfax County Office of Children, Fairfax County Public Schools, the City of Fairfax and other regional agencies, the City of Fairfax Regional Library will host an early childhood education event on Saturday, July 14th from 10:30 – 12:00. There will be interactive experiences for children and families, including: creating with playdough, graphing everyday objects, exploring feelings, contributing to a multi-media mural, using puppets for language, integrative learningoutdoors and learning about animals. Hidden Pond Nature Center will be there to help our youngest learners interact and explore small animals in our region. All are welcome!

City of Fairfax FCCLA Brings Home Gold, Silver Medals at Nationals

Nine students from the City of Fairfax schools earned gold and silver medals in competitive events at the 2018 FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) National Leadership Conference held earlier this summer in Atlanta. A total of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related competitive events called STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) were offered. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.

Gold Medal winners were:
•    Miranda Cespedes of Fairfax High School and Yale Kim and Emily Sarber of Lanier Middle School in Food Innovations.
•    Juliana Luckabaugh of Fairfax High School and Hana Ismail and Riley Sarber of Lanier Middle School in Promote and Publicize FCCLA.

Earning Silver Medals were:
•    Hope Peters of Lanier Middle School, Advocacy STAR event.
•    Naomi Daniels and Kayleigh Williams of Lanier Middle School, Chapter Service Project Display.

Additionally,  the following students were recognized for completing  the following challenges:  Engage track; Juliana Luckabaugh of Fairfax High completed the ENGAGE Leadership Academy and Hope Peters and Emily Sarber of Lanier Middle earned the LAUNCH Leadership Academy certificate and medal.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a national student organization whose programs are planned and run by members, and the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on family.

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