Best Cooperative Preschools in Falls Church VA

Cooperative Preschools in Falls Church VA

Merrifield Child Development Academy
-The Merrifield Child Development Academy has been operating since 1991. The Merrifield Child Development Academy is conveniently located in Falls Church near the Dunn Loring Metro stop. The Academy provides stimulating and rewarding learning experiences for a diverse group of children wo range from ages 16 months – 5 years old. -Our very affordable costs allow parents peace of mind by taking their children to a place that offers a quality education program without exception. We are an Approved Provider with Child Care Aware of America Military Fee Assistance, which allows us to receive payments for any military family eligible for our Operation Military Child Care program. Operation Military Child Care is a reduced fee assistance program for deployed Service Members that are unable to attain child care on a Military instillation. -Our philosophy is to develop a child’s social, emotional, and physical development. In addition, we focus on the intellectual growth, early literacy and language skills, and creativity by using a variety of hands-on strategies, resources and techniques, so that children become positive young thinkers. -Our mission is to provide a high quality preschool education program where children engage in meaningful learning and play. -Our Director, Sedinam Bruce, has been working in early childhood education for over eight years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and a Minor in Business Administration. She is also pursuing a degree in Education Management. Miss Sedi loves working with preschool children because it is very fulfilling and rewarding. Her bright smile will quickly put parents and children at ease. Toddler I Program ( 16-24 months) In the toddler program we begin to introduce more routine and structure to children’s activities and daily schedule. Your child will build vocabulary, learn functional numerical skills, and will be encouraged to use simple reasoning to explain everyday occurrences. Our daily activities continue to reinforce age-appropriate social development. Toddlers have many opportunities to physically explore their world inside the classroom and on the playground. They also begin more structured activities, such as learning centers and circle time. Your toddler will begin learning concepts of color and size, and will build their vocabulary. We have experience in helping them adjust to the give and take of the classroom environment. Toddler II Program (24 months - 3years) Your child will learn to recognize letters and some letter sounds add two groups of concrete objects by counting and begin to understand the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This well-rounded program includes Physical Fitness program and a Christian Curriculum. Skills learned during this period include recognizing letter names, catching a bounced ball and beginning to understand the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Preschool Program (3-5 years) This is an all-important developmental year for the emerging learner. In Pre-K, your child will gain the final skills to be prepared for kindergarten. Our Pre-K program includes foundational literacy and math skills derived from the Common Core State Standards. Some of the skills Pre-K children will learn include letter-sound relationships, how to sound out unfamiliar words, and how to read and recognize sight words. They will learn math concepts such as greater than, less than and equal to, and their number sense will grow. Extended Day Program (School Age) Merrifield Child Development Academy provides childcare services both before and after school services. Transportation is provided to and from selected local schools in the Falls Church area. On-site extended care is from 6:30 am - 8:30 am, and after school from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Typically, the students participate in the following schedule: AM: Quiet play activities, Team time, Breakfast and center-based play, group games PM: Snack and center based play, outdoor play, group games, homework and quiet play activities, center based play Extended Day Services is also open on FCPS school closure days, and winter and spring breaks, from 6:30 am-6:00 pm if space is available. Please contact the Director at (703) 204-0203 for information on registration and fees.

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Lee Center Cooperative Playgroup

The Lee Center Cooperative Playgroup is a parent-run program for... children ages 1 to 4. It is licensed for child care by Arlington County and the state of Virginia. Parents supervise children during play sessions on a rotating basis. In addition, they constitute an administrative body that handles finances, enforces regulations, and handles day-to-day running of the program. PLAYGROUPS Playgroups are limited to 12 children. A minimum ratio of one parent per three children is always maintained. Mon/Wed AM — 9:30 am to 11:30 am (ages 1 to 3) Mon/Wed PM — Noon to 2 pm (ages 2 to 4) Tues/Thurs AM — 9:30 am to 11:30 am (ages 1 to 3) Tues/Thurs PM — Noon to 2 pm (ages 2 to 4) Tues/Thurs Late PM — 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm (ages 1 to 3) Fri AM — 9:30 am to 11:30 am (ages 1 to 3) MEMBERSHIP To get on the waitlist, fill out the LCCP Enrollment Form and submit it with a check for $10. For information, you may contact the membership coordinator at leecenterplaygroup (at) Priority is given to current members, siblings, alumni, and Arlington County residents. Spaces are offered to potential members throughout the year whenever they become available. COOPERATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES Each parent is scheduled to work 1/3 of the total session days per enrolled child and is assigned one of four duties on a rotating basis: To coordinate an arts and craft activity; To provide a nutritious snack; To clean up the playroom; and To lead a circle time segment. In addition, parents are required to hold officer positions, attend membership meetings, and fulfill CPR, First Aid, and health certifications.

Resurrection Children's Center

Resurrection Children's Center is a non-sectarian, non-profit,... cooperative preschool supported by the Church of the Resurrection. The school admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities. RCC is an inclusion preschool. Children with special educational needs or disabilities are included in each class. Resurrection Children's Center has been developing creative approaches to early childhood education since 1970. It receives numerous grants from private foundations and service organizations for the development and implementation of its innovative programs. From 1972-78 the school was funded as a national model demonstration preschool by the U.S. Office of Education. Since then, the school has received many awards and commendations from public and private organizations, locally and nationally, for its outstanding work. The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), an organization that guides parents nationwide, and The Danny Chitwood Early Learning Institute, which provided consultation and training, began their outreach to the community at RCC. A Little About Us Resurrection Children's Center is a private, non profit, non-sectarian preschool founded in Alexandria in 1970. Resurrection Children's Center admits children of any race, color, national or ethnic origin and is licensed by the State of Virginia. Our Program Resurrection Children's Center offers a dynamic and innovated early childhood education program for 45 children. Children at Resurrection Children's Center participate in community service projects and look forward to weekly visits with residents at a Goodwin House, our neighboring retirement community. Outdoor activities are a priority and children spend at least 30 minutes each day on a well-equipped playground. Resurrection Children's Center also provides annual vision and sensory integration screenings. Our Mission Resurrection Children's Center offers a model for family-centered, inclusive, cooperative preschool education to the community. Our mission is: to provide children with active learning experiences which facilitate social-emotional, cognitive, and physical growth through the use of the developmentally appropriate HIGH/SCOPE curriculum; to promote inclusive classrooms where diversity is treasured and children with differing needs, abilities, and cultural backgrounds learn to grow together; to create a supportive environment where parents are active participants in the classroom, work as a team with teachers, and become effective, life-long advocates for their children. Curriculum At the heart of RCC's program is the nationally recognized and developmental High/Scope Curriculum. This internationally acclaimed educational system views children as decision makers and active learners who learn most naturally through play. Within the context of play, the curriculum emphasizes independent thinking, problem solving, and the development of socialization and cognitive skills, as well as creative exploration through art, music, and movement. Children leave Resurrection Children's Center as confident and eager learners, ready for the challenges of kindergarten. In addition, goals and activities from the Handwriting Without Tears program and Ramps and Pathways (designed to provide hands on exploration of the physical sciences) are woven into the daily routine in each classroom as appropriate. Parent Education and Involvement In our cooperative preschool, all parents work in their child's classroom on a rotating basis. This gives parents the opportunity to take an active role in their child's first learning experience away from home. Resurrection Children's Center also offers a supportive parent education program, including monthly coffees and a parenting hotline. Formal parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. The Staff Teachers and administrators are trained, caring, and skilled in assessment and individualized planning. They work closely with families to create an effective educational program for each child. A speech and language therapist, an occupational therapist, and an educational consultant are on staff to guide and support teachers and parents and work with children who need additional services. Teacher-Student Ratio Each class is limited to 9 to 12 students and is conducted by 2 highly qualified teachers and a parent helper. There is a ratio of 1 adult to 3 students in the youngest class and 1 adult to 4 students in the older classes. Community Support Resurrection Children's Center depends on community support, corporate and foundation grants, and individual donations to fund its unique program. It participates in both the United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign. The Church of the Resurrection houses our program and the congregation has provided strong support for the Center since its founding. Other community organizations that support Resurrection Children's Center include: Katherine Pollard Maddux Memorial Mental Health Foundation Alexandria Day Nursery and Children's Home (an extension of the Alexandria Rotary Club) Ivakota Association, Inc. The Kathy Wilson Foundation Washington Forrest Foundation The Kiwanis Club of Alexandria Alexandria-Lincolnia Lions Mt. Olivet Foundation Financial Assistance A limited amount of financial assistance for tuition or therapy is available.

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