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Valley Drive Pre School Inc

1819 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

(703) 379-6918


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"A good preschool offers growth opportunities for parents, teachers and children. Valley Drive emphasizes learning as a child-centered process. The teachers create an environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and an array of materials. We recognize that children mature at different rates and thus we provide activities that are developmentally appropriate.

Play is the primary vehicle for preschool growth. The NAEYC defines a developmentally appropriate curriculum as \" planned to be appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests and developmental levels of those individual children.\"

We also recognize the crucial importance of skills such as reading and math as the children approach elementary school. It is our conviction that skills are nurtured best by a preschool emphasis on healthy emotional orientation toward school, and providing constructive play opportunities for students to develop those skills that will help them to be successful in elementary school. It is within this framework that the child is prepared for more structured learning found in the elementary grades.

We believe that children's attitude toward learning relates directly to their parents' role in their education. This is where a cooperative preschool offers additional advantages over the values of a traditional \"drop off\" preschool program. At Valley Drive, parents are called upon to aid and observe the school's well-trained trained teachers, offering parents greater understanding of child behavior and development. Young children gain a sense of security and confidence from their parents' presence and participation in school activities.

In addition, active parents help keep Valley Drive affordable. The cost of a well-equipped school with a highly trained staff can be moderate when many operating costs are reduced through the cooperative efforts of parents.

At Valley Drive, our parents -- through an all-parent Board of Directors -- make decisions regarding policy, philosophy, practice and management of our school.
Valley Drive will hold our Open House for the 2007-2008 school year on Wednesday, January 17, 2007.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school