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Falls Church McLean Childrens Center

7230 Idylwood Road
Falls Church, VA 22043

(703) 534-4907


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe all children have the right to participate in a quality early childhood program with developmentally appropriate activities in the least restrictive environment and with the necessary support for the individual child, parents, and the staff. The Falls Church--McLean Children's Center uses innovative teaching methods to help 70 children ages two to five years old grow and develop alongside peers from many countries representing a variety of ethnicities.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

":30am The Center opens. Parents may bring their children between 7:30 and 9. Children who arrive early eat breakfast at the Center and enjoy free time to play.
9-9:30am All children receive a healthy snack.
9:30am Circle time—teachers gather children in a circle to talk about what's happening that day. Children and teachers greet each other and learn group socialization skills. Teachers explain what opportunities the kids will have that day, such as music, reading, art, cooking, or playing dress-up.
10am Children then have the opportunity to choose which activities to do. They know how many kids may be in one activity area at a time, and they may change activities when a space opens up in a new activity area they want to explore. They play together or separately and clean up after themselves.
11am Circle time—children gather again to talk about what activities they did and how they felt about those activities. This helps children improve their language and communication skills and helps teachers learn more about individual children and what they like and need to do.
11:15am Outside time—children play on the playground, weather permitting.
Noon Lunch—children wash their hands and help teachers prepare the classroom for lunch. Children eat lunch, then help clean up.
1pm Quiet time—children nap or engage in other quiet and restful activities.
3pm Snack
3:30pm Circle time—children have another opportunity to reflect on their day and talk with each other and their teachers.
4pm Children may be picked up by their parents anytime between 4pm and 6pm. Children may play outside or engage in various planned or unstructured activities until it's time to go home.
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 able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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