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Main Street Child Development Center

Listing Last Update: April 10, 2016


4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Primary Contact

Jim Dempsey

(202) 870-0942

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To help my child learn
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

  1. The Success by Six Early Childhood Education Program prepares 125 at-risk children, ages 2 to 5, for success in kindergarten per year. Our preschool students experience stability and continuity in an active, caring learning environment for up to 11 hours per day. Each classroom consists of 18 students and 3 teachers.
  2. The Eagles School Age Child Care Program provides continuing out-of-school services for 25 at-risk elementary school students who graduated from Main Street. They benefit from before/after school care, tutoring, recreation, healthy meals and snacks, and an all-day summer program.
  3. Family Support and Parent Engagement Services engage families extensively in family-oriented events, adult education classes, parent-teacher conferences, and parenting workshops. Our staff communicates regularly with parents about behavioral/developmental issues, daily lesson plans, and the school's meal/snack menu. During adult education classes, we provide childcare and meals
    for families.

Mission Statement

Main Street Child Development Center's mission is two-fold:

  • To provide a quality accredited early childhood learning program for children ages 2-5 of limited income working families to grow and thrive in a nurturing environment, and
  • To enhance the quality of life for our diverse families through partnerships with community services agencies, and to provide educational opportunities and resources that strengthen literacy, parenting and the family.

Hours of operation: 7am - 6pm

Cost info: All Main Street families pay tuition. However, lower income parents pay tuition based on a sliding scale according to the subsidy fee system of the Fairfax County Office for Children and the City of Fairfax. Parents must be working or full-time students in order to qualify for assistance. Main Street is also supported by limited funding through the Virginia Preschool Initiative Program for rising Kindergarten children of need. Tuition rates: Annual household income of less than $50,000: Subsidized tuition (contact Main Street office for more information) Annual household income $50,000-74,999: $265 per week Annual household income $75,000-99,999: $280 per week Annual household income $100,000 or more: $295 per week There is a $100 registration fee.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"I wanted you to know how thankful I am for the commitment and love you show, not only to my daughter, but to all the children...I don't want her to forget this place. I know I won't." - Andy E., Father

"Main Street has changed my daughter's life and she has blossomed mentally and emotionally. I am so happy I found out about this school." - Erin F., Mother

Robert's grandmother let out a deep, weary sigh. She told me of their recent move from Florida and the significant family challenges they faced. Her biggest concern was her four-year old grandson, who would enter kindergarten in less than a year. She tearfully predicted that without a strong early childhood education program and supportive services, Robert would not be prepared to succeed in school.

That day, we enrolled Robert. He benefitted immediately from Main Street's enriching environment and the individual attention afforded to him by our 6:1 child-to-teacher ratio. We quickly identified his speech delays then provided speech therapy through our on-site Fairfax County Public Schools specialist. Meanwhile, our social worker worked with Robert's grandmother, aunt and mother to strengthen their co-parenting skills so that his in-school progress translated home.

Ten months later, as Robert left school for the last time, his grandmother hugged me and handed me a letter. "You have forever changed his life," she wrote. "He begins kindergarten next week, and he is prepared to be successful."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

In June 2015, 100 percent of our students demonstrated improved school readiness by (a) scoring within a developmentally-appropriate range on final assessment; (b) increasing scores from the initial assessment; or (c) receiving appropriate intervention and referrals for physical, developmental, behavioral and/or cognitive issues.

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