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Main Street Child

4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 273-1192


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Main Street we believe that a child’s early years provides a foundation for his or her emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development.
As children grow, they all progress through a series of developmental stages. However, the rate at which they progress differs from child to child. At Main Street, we believe that each child is an individual, who develops at his/her own rate.
In order to help children develop to their fullest capabilities, the environment should encourage a child’s curiosity. Our preschool rooms are divided into specific play areas that provide opportunities to think creatively, make choices, and enhance problem solving. We support the developmental findings of Jean Piaget, who discovered that a child learns through play and hands-on experiences. At Main Street, children are appreciated for their diversity, their challenges, their success, and their tremendous potential.
Above all, we believe a positive self-image enables children to succeed. There are no “bad” children, only inappropriate behaviors. At Main Street, we believe adults can support a positive self-image, giving children the confidence to meet life’s challenges."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00-8:15 Breakfast
7:00-8:30 Morning Group Multi-Age Activities
8:30-9:00 Clean-Up/Large Group Time
9:00-9:15 Attendance/Large Group Time
9:15-9:45 Outside Play/Indoor Playroom
9:45-10:00 Morning Snack
10:00-10:20 Small Group Time
10:20-10:30 Planning Time
10:30-11:30 Activity/Work Time
11:30-11:50 Clean-Up/Recall
11:50-12:00 Bathrooms
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Story Time/Tooth brushing/Bathrooms
1:00-3:00 Quiet Rest/Nap Time
3:00-3:30 Snack Time
3:30-4:30 Outside Play/Indoor Playroom
4:30-5:30 Free Play
5:30-6:00 Quiet Choices/Story Time/Clean-Up"
Excerpted from the preschool's website