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Alive Child Development Center

2723 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

(703) 548-9255


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

we offer a balance of learning activites: child-selected, informal, and teacher-directed

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Chalkboards, white boards, magic screens
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Attribute blocks, cuisenaire rods, calculators,unifix cubes
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Timers, collage materials
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Microscope, binoculars, magnifying glass
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Scarves, streamers, hoops
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Spray bottles, brayers, mitts
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Brand new playground
Other subjects taught social-emotional skills development and resiliancy

From the Director:

Alive uses The Creative Curriculum, Al's Pals, R is For Rainbow, Handwriting Without Tears, and Color Me Healthy; we use a centers-based structure for our learning environments; children have the opportunity each day to work in small groups, individually, and in large groups

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

teachers observe children closely and keep anecdotal recordings in each of 32 skill areas; this information is used to assist in planning each week's activities; children also work in small groups of 2-4 with the teacher to develop specific literacy and math skills

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"ALIVE! Child Development Center believes in meeting the developmental needs of each child. We believe the child actively seeks knowledge in a well planned, safe environment which enhances his or her growth in all areas of development-social, emotional, physical, language, cognitive, and self-help skills. Children participate in play activities which teach age appropriate skills according to the developmental and individual needs of each child. The center has a family support worker with a master of social work degree.
ALIVE! Child Development Center protects and respects the dignity and worth of each individual child and family regardless of cultural background. We believe the staff at ALIVE! Child Development Center serve as resource persons and guides for your children, actively promoting his or her creativity.
Our program is structured to enrich children's experiences so that they get along well with other children and adults, develop their self-esteem, and are prepared for successful learning and positive social interaction in public school.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are invited to visit their child's classroom at any time; Alive conducts monthly Prent Circle meetings on Wednesday evenings; each fall the director presents a workshop on "The Gift of Literacy" in which each family is provided a set of books and materials (such as alphabet match-ups, a set of magnet letters, a nursery rhyme CD) and provided instruction on how to help their child use these materials to develop literacy skills essential for success in kindergarten; likewise, a similiar workshop is offered to provide parents with materials and ideas to help their child develop math and science skills; parent-teacher conferences are conducted in the fall and again in the spring; Alive's Family Support Worker provides access to many community resources, based on each family's needs.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Home Visits are conducted by our family Support Worker at least twice a year, and as needed.