First Lady Pamela Northam Visits Main Street!

Fairfax, VA / September 5, 2019 – Main Street Child Development Center (Main Street) was visited by First Lady of Virginia, Pamela Northam, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 as part of her Back-to-School Tour highlighting school readiness.

“This is an exciting time of year for parents, teachers, and students, but school readiness actually starts in those critical five years before kindergarten, when about 90  percent of a child’s brain development occurs,” said First Lady Northam. “All Virginia children are capable of, and deserve to be, entering kindergarten with the tools they need to succeed. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality care and education for children and families, no matter who they are or where they live.”

Main Street prepares some of the region’s most vulnerable children for kindergarten – 85% of children enrolled at Main Street come from low-income families, with about 65% speaking English as a second language, and more than 50% coming from single-parent homes.

“Mrs. Northam is a champion of quality early childhood education and we were delighted for her to see how Main Street excels at providing children with the experiences, relationships and support to become engaged, enthusiastic and confident learners,” said Carol Lieske, Main Street Executive Director.

Mrs. Northam took a tour of Main Street while meeting teachers as well as Main Street’s on-site certified mental health specialist and Fairfax County Public Schools special educator.  The First Lady emphasized her passion and commitment to early childhood education and early intervention as the best paths for school readiness, while praising Main Street for their high-quality in serving an at-risk population.

Main Street recently received top scores in their re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  This distinction is earned by less than 8% of early childhood education organizations nationwide, and Main Street has been accredited for over 20 years.

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