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    A Safe & Caring Environment…

    St. Stephen’s Preschool offers a safe, caring environment for children during their first significant experiences away from their family. Our program, founded more than 50 years ago, offers:

    • Sessions for children 1.5 to 5 years of age from September through May, plus 2 weeks of camp in June.
    • 2, 3, and 5 day options from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 10:00 am-2:00 pm
    • Various after school enrichment programs, which include but are not limited to soccer, drama, & foreign languages, are offered on a rotating basis.
    • A well-balanced social and academic foundation that prepares children for success in elementary school and beyond.
    • Two lead teachers in classes provide a strong, skills-based curriculum in literacy, math and science.
    • A low student-to-teacher ratio that greatly benefits the structured play centers offered in each large classroom.
    • Resource specialists to help students with their motor, social, speech and language skills.
    • Speech and language screening.
    • Daily Music & Movement classes to improve gross motor abilities and promote good fitness.
    • A monthly chapel experience with creative story telling and music, featuring the children’s artwork.
    • A wooded campus with nature trails, three age-level playgrounds and a large, grassy ball field. St. Stephen’s is conveniently located on Braddock Road in Burke, Va., a few miles from the main campus of George Mason University.

    For information, call the preschool office at 703-978-9024.

    From the director:

    Since 1969 St. Stephen’s UMC Preschool has endeavored to meet the needs of the community. At St. Stephen’s we are committed to providing a safe, warm, and engaging environment that values the uniqueness of every child. Although the dynamic in each classroom varies to reflect the ages of children, the children’s interests, and the teacher’s style, a basic philosophy remains constant throughout our program. At St. Stephen’s, we aspire to meet and exceed the developmental needs of all children in our care. Every effort is made to ensure that each child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential in every developmental domain. We utilize scaffolding and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learning styles and varied developmental levels. We also utilize a variety of play- based curriculums and child guided approaches to create a learning environment that is engaging, stimulating, and fun. At St. Stephen’s we are committed to setting children up for success and with a love of learning. 

     Thank you for choosing St. Stephen’s UMC Preschool. We look forward to experiencing much fun, laughter, and learning with you and your children. 

    Veronica Mayes, M.ED
    Director

    Our Rates

    All programs require a non-refundable registration/activity fee of $160. There is a 15% discount for two or more children.

    2022-2023 enrollment is now open.

    4-5 Year-Olds: Programs and Rates

    Must by four by Sept. 30

    Days Time Monthly Tuition Openings?
    3 Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-2:00 $415.00 Yes
    3 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-1:00 $415.00 Yes
    5 Days: Monday to Friday 9:00-1:00 $600.00 Yes
    Brainy Bunch Extended Program: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-3:00 $215.00 Yes

    Young 4 Year-Olds: Programs and Rates

    Must by four by Dec. 30

    Days Time Monthly Tuition Openings?
    3 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    2 Days, Tuesday & Thursday

    9:00-1:00

    10:00-2:00

    $415.00

    $300

    Yes

    Yes

    3 Year-Olds: Programs and Rates

    Must be three by Dec. 30

    Days Time Monthly Tuition Openings?
    2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-2:00 $300.00 Yes
    3 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00- 1:00 $415.00 No, class is full

    Young 3 Year-Olds: Programs and Rates

    Must be three by Dec. 30

    Days Time Monthly Tuition Openings?
    2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-2:00 $300.00 Yes
    3 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00- 1:00 $415.00 Yes

    2 Year-Olds: Programs and Rates

    Must by two by Sept. 30.

    Days Time Monthly Tuition Openings?
    2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-2:00 $300.00 Yes
    3 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-1:00 $415.00 No, class if full

    Young 2 Year-Olds: Programs and Rates

    Must be two by December 30

    Days Time Monthly Tuition Openings?
    2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-2:00 $300.00 Yes
    3 Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00-1:00 $415.00 Yes
    Updated April 15, 2022

    Typical Schedule

    A typical day at St. Stephen’s preschool includes a mix of social and academic activities, structured center play, and enrichment. For example, we offer music and movement every day, not just once a week or monthly.

    Greeting

    Circle — theme and seasonal ideas

    Learning Centers
    Centers may be teacher-directed or self-initiated and include:

    • Science table
    • Home living
    • Blocks, large building toys
    • Small muscle manipulatives
    • Texture tables—water, sand, rice, beans
    • Woodworking
    • Art (creative process and directed)

    Enrichment Program
    Examples of enrichment activities include our “Rainbow Room,” Spanish, Social Skills, Brainy Bunch, Fall Festival, Dinosaur Museum, Air & Space Camp, Holiday Tea, Winter Wonderland, Construction Site, “Our Town” Post Office/Stop & Shop/Flower Shop/Candy Shop/Bakery, Multi-cultural restaurants, Buddy Night, and Spring Fling.

    Music — songs, signing, rhythm instruments

    Creative Movement — large muscle development, martial arts, yoga

    Outdoor Learning — Seasonal celebrations with nature hikes for Halloween, Turkey Trail, Nursery Rhyme/Fairytale Hunt, Signs of Spring, Bunny Hop, and Peter Rabbit’s vegetable/herb/butterfly gardens. We also talk about being caregivers of God’s gifts in our wildlife habitat, registered with the National Wildlife Federation.

    Snack — cooking experiences (allergy monitored)

    Story Time — Puppets/Drama/Fingerplays, Feltboard games

    Outdoor & Indoor Large Muscle Playtime

    • Large privately fenced playground divided into 3 age level abilities
    • Sports grassed area-soccer, volleyball, kick or T-ball
    • Tricycle riding, sports stations, obstacle courses, climbing and game rooms

    Curriculum & Staff

    Our curriculum is designed to . . .
    • Provide a routine to give children security and teach organizational skills.
    • Use fun color, shape, size, letter sound and number activities to prepare for reading, writing, math and science.
    • Guide positive verbal and physical social interaction which teaches problem solving with peers.
    • Use a minimum of help techniques in open-ended activities to provide a child’s maximum independence and creativity.
    • Use PLAY encouraging children to explore, expand abilities, follow directions, sequence steps and develop age appropriate skills.
    • Encourage use and coordination of the whole body and all the senses.
    • Help children care for all living things and to contribute to school, work and the community.

    Our Staff

    We hire highly qualified and experienced teachers who love to work with children. Every classroom is staffed by two lead teachers. Each staff member is required to participate in continuing education, staff enrichment and in-services. Each staff member is CPR- and First-Aid certified.

    Registered With or Inspected By:

    • Fairfax County Health and Fire Departments
    • Virginia Department of Education

    St. Stephens Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.