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Stepping Stone Preschool

3901 Rugby Road
Fairfax, VA 22033

(703) 378-8808


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Stepping Stones Preschool was established by the Fairfax Church of Christ in September of 1974. Since its beginning with 7 children the school has grown to its present size of 150 students in 15 classes. The church built the classroom wing of the building with a preschool in mind and it has served as a community outreach program for the past 31 years. Because the school is church centered, it is exempt from state licensure, although it still has to meet strict guidelines in order to maintain the Virginia Department of Social Services certification.
The school maintains six classrooms, a school office and an outdoor playground. In addition, there is access to the church auditorium, kitchen and any other rooms in the facility, which may be necessary at various times. Enrollment is presently limited to 60 children per session. Every classroom has access to toilet and hand-washing facilities and is set up to eliminate the necessity of the children going from one room to another. There are places for the children to play, spend quiet time and sit at tables within each room.
The director and/or Board of Directors know all teachers hired by Stepping Stones. Although there is no requirement that teachers have a college degree, every teacher has experience working with preschool children. Many have taught in either school settings or Sunday school settings. All teachers are members of the Church of Christ, have a physician's statement that they are free from any disability which would prevent them from caring for children, have annual TB tests with negative results, and have been cleared by the Virginia State police on a Criminal History Record Check.
Transportation and meals are not provided by Stepping Stones Preschool. Each child provides a snack for their entire class on a rotating basis. The school provides ice water.
Each day the staff briefly screens all of the children to protect any ill child from avoidable health risks and to prevent exposure to others of an illness that might be contagious. Parents are contacted immediately when a child appears to be ill and are expected to pick up the child without delay. Staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid. In addition, staff members are also trained to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect and are required by law to report any suspected cases."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

ARRIVAL: An arrival activity will be out on the tables for children as they arrive. The activity may be manipulatives, free-play, a library or table activity. This allows the teacher to welcome each child into the class every day.
OPENING ACTIVITIES: Opening prayer, pledge of allegiance, flag songs, calendar, weather, letter of the week (number, color, etc.)
LESSON: Activities relating to monthly theme or holiday.
ALPHABET TIME: 20 minutes – The alphabet teacher directs each class in alphabet related activities on a daily basis.
FREE PLAY: Within the classroom the children are free to choose an activity from the manipulatives, blocks, computer, housekeeping center, etc. At the end of the scheduled time, everyone participates in putting the toys away.
BATHROOM TIME: This is unscheduled time and children are encouraged to use the bathroom whenever necessary, although they are reminded frequently during the early weeks of school.
ART WORK: Art projects will be chosen for appropriateness to the unit of study or holiday. These projects are age appropriate and are designed for student completion.
OUTSIDE: Outside play is a regular part of the daily schedule. If the weather does not permit outdoor play, children will have a chance to either go down to the lobby or stay in their rooms for indoor games.
SNACK TIME: After hands are washed children take turns passing out snack items and supplies according to the assignments on the helper chart. The person responsible for bringing the snack is listed on a monthly snack calendar sent home by the teacher. Please remember we are peanut butter and peanut free.
CHAPEL TIME: Normal chapel time is Tuesday/Wednesday mornings from 11:30-11:50 AM and Wednesday afternoon at 2:45-3:05 PM.
PREPARE FOR HOME: The teacher passes out any work for the children to take home, then the students are seated with their class in the lobby to wait for their rides home.
Our class scheduling is flexible and is determined by the individual teachers and staff members involved. There will always be times when schedules are interrupted for special activities and events."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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