2015 Bright Idea
Fairfax County, VA
Innovations in American Government Awards

Housed in a Fairfax County elementary school, the Falls Church-McLean Children's Center provides preschoolers who are primarily from low-income, working families with the opportunity to participate in a seamless program of intervention services to address developmental delays. Participants attend half-day, special education classes at the public school, then return to the Children's Center for the remainder of the day where they build social, language, academic, and physical skills through play. The children also receive weekly speech therapy or occupational therapy, or behavioral counseling, as needed to maximize their chances of overcoming delays before they start kindergarten.