Our Community has persevered under this unprecedent devastation due to the Global Pandemic caused by COVID 19. We are pleased to announce that the Weekday Children’s Programs were able to support the community by providing online learning, virtual field trips and an interactive YouTube Channel. We have now reopened and offer the same quality educational programing that the Community has come to love and expect in a safe, nurturing NAEYC Accredited environment.
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Thank you so much from the depth of our hearts. We will all emerge stronger as a community that has learned to weather the storm.
The Weekday Preschool offers a variety of school-year classes for children 3-4 years old at 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003, for children from 3-5 years old from 9 a.m. – noon on Tuesdays through Fridays. There are also Extended Day (noon – 2:30 p.m.) and Late Day (ending at 5:30 p.m.) options.
The AUMC Weekday Preschool is state licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services and accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC]. This is a prestigious recognition, achieved by only seven percent of early childhood programs nationwide, which demonstrates the commitment to early childhood education. For more information on the standards maintained by nationally accredited programs, visit their website at www.naeyc.org.
The Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Program is proud to have been chosen twice as a top preschool by Northern Virginia Magazine in their last ratings of area preschools.
The Details of the Weekday Preschool Program
The Weekday Preschool [WPS], established in 1960 by the Commission on Education of the Annandale United Methodist Church, is a non-profit and non-discriminatory program which is governed by the Weekday Child Development Committee. Our primary objective is to assist each child in developing into happy, healthy, self-confident individuals. Our program builds a strong foundation for academic education by encouraging self-motivated learning. We are committed to creating communities for children and families that:
- provide a developmentally appropriate, stimulating, and creative curriculum
- foster the development of language and early literacy
- create opportunities to practice large and small motor skills
- promote early math skills
- develop an appreciation for music using rhythm, rhyme, pitch, movement, and other important musical and early academic skills
- expose children to a wide variety of artistic activities
- explore a world of science, discovery, and experimentation
- respect and accept people of all cultures, religions, abilities, genders, ages, and family structures
- provide experiences which enhance each child’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and creative growth
- offer a curriculum that is child-centered, open-ended, process oriented, and play-based
- help children understand their own feelings and the feelings of others
- allow children choices and decision-making opportunities
- develop self-control and self-discipline
- enhance positive growth, development, self-esteem, confidence, individuality, autonomy, and success
These goals are incorporated into the daily lesson plans through developmentally appropriate practices. All children are encouraged to progress at their own pace and according to individual needs and abilities. Click here for information on developmental appropriateness and here for the NAEYC’s position statement.
Our Curriculum and Assessment System
All WPS teachers use the Fourth Edition of The Creative Curriculum as a guideline for writing their lesson plans. This research-based curriculum emphasizes a large variety of experiential and hands-on activities which are developmentally appropriate for the individual children within each classroom. Through content and classroom interest areas, children are offered a variety of experiences daily which include art, writing, library, computer, science & discovery, blocks, tabletop manipulatives, music, listening center, sensory, and dramatic play. They enjoy additional enrichment in content areas such as math, language & literacy, sign language, music/creative movement/yoga, science & technology, cooking, and social studies. Click here to learn more about these interest areas.
In conjunction with our curriculum, an ongoing assessment of children’s individual development is key to planning appropriate classroom learning experiences and helping all children to succeed. Our teachers use Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment System, which is a comprehensive assessment tool based on the latest early childhood research that follows a child’s unique development from birth through Kindergarten. This assessment system is fully aligned with the Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning as well as the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Children are formally assessed in Language, Cognitive, Physical, and Social-Emotional areas of development. Assessed skills and goals for their child are shared with parents through two written reports and two parent-teacher conferences throughout the school year.
Executive Director of Weekday Children’s Programs: Angela Wilmore, AWilmore@annandale-umc.org, 703-256-5244
- WPS lead teachers are degreed, experienced, and meet national accreditation standards. Assistant teachers are degreed, have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, or are actively progressing towards obtaining one. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.
- Security checks are performed on each staff member. Hiring practices are non-discriminatory. Continuing education is required annually and opportunities are made available to all teachers. Each classroom maintains a safe and age-appropriate child-to-staff ratio which meets NAEYC standards.
The WPS is located on the main campus of AUMC at 6935 Columbia Pike in Annandale. All classrooms and playgrounds offer safety inspected and age-appropriate equipment which meet the standards of NAEYC and Virginia Licensing. The classrooms are arranged in Interest Areas which enhance the learning opportunities in all developmental domains and on all levels of learning.
There are four playgrounds on campus with contain playground structures, equipment, and toys to accommodate varying ages of young children. There are indoor play spaces which meet the daily gross motor needs of young children on inclement weather days.
WPS is fully licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services and is nationally accredited by the NAEYC, and abides by all health and safety standards therein. Fairfax County Health Department regulations require that new and updated health forms and releases be on file for every child by the beginning of each school year. A packet of health forms are given upon enrollment.
It is the goal of WPS to keep the spread of germs and illness at a minimum. Virginia Licensing requires that all parents notify the office immediately if their child contracts a communicable disease so that other parents may be notified. Universal sanitary procedures are followed throughout each day in all classrooms.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the school has adjusted to include social distancing and mask wearing, daily health check-ins for all students and employees, vigorous cleaning and disinfecting processes, as well as other precautions.
Keeping Your Child Safe
Security measures and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all our children while at AUMC. An Emergency Prepardeness Plan [EPP] has been instituted and teachers are trained to cover all emergency situations. This plan, along with blueprints of the entire building which contains highlighted rooms where children are located, is on file with the Fairfax County Police Department [Mason District Office] as well as with the Annandale Fire Department. Regular evacuation drills are practiced to prepare children for fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, shelter-in-place, and lock-down procedures. Primary, secondary, and tertiary evacuation routes are rehearsed, and primary and secondary evacuation locations established. Click here for an overview of the Emergency Preparedness plan. The full Emergency Preparedness Plan is available for parent review upon request in the office.
In case of an emergency, we would use the Remind messaging app to contact families via text or email, stating the emergency and any actions that needed to be taken. We are asking that anyone who may pick up your child from School during an emergency situation should join Remind. You may add as many mobile phone numbers or emails as are necessary.
The building remains locked during school hours. All parents are asked to enter through Entrance #2 where someone will be posted to monitor who enters the building during start times and dismissal times only. At all other times, it will be necessary to use the intercom to be screened and buzzed in from the office. A picture ID may be required for entry.
No child will be released to anyone other than the parent, guardian, or a person who has been designated in writing on the required Child Release Form unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director. The designee must present a government issued photo ID.
Each year an opportunity is provided for parents to have safety identification cards made through Ident-a-Kid Services of America for their children which include the child’s photograph, fingerprints, and other identifying information that could assist police in the event the child was lost or missing. Participation is an optional service provided by the school.
Inclement Weather Policy
WPS & ELP generally follow the callings of Fairfax County Public Schools [FCPS], with some adaptations.
- When FCPS are closed for the day, so is the Weekday Preschool.
- When there is a 1 or 2 hour delayed opening for FCPS, WPS opens at 10 a.m.
- When FCPS declares an early dismissal, morning classes have their regular dismissal at noon, Extended Day classes close at 12:30 p.m., and Late Day classes are canceled.
- When FCPS cancels afternoon/evening classes and activities, Late Day classes will close at 3 p.m.
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to stay abreast of changing weather conditions throughout the school day. In the event of early releases, children must be picked up promptly to avoid receiving a late pick-up fee. Please stay tuned to local TV/radio stations during bad weather, or go online to www.fcps.edu for current weather callings or updates. Sign up for our school’s REMIND Emergency Messaging System, and/or go to www.fcps.edu to sign up for News You Choose, to receive instant weather closure notifications.
Helping our schools through grocery shopping
AUMC WPS & ELP are proud to be part of Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program to help raise funds for our school. It’s easy and it’s FREE! Simply go online to link your VIC card to our school at https://www.harristeeter.com/user/login – or talk to your cashier next time you buy groceries at Harris Teeter. Our school’s code number is 1481. Once your card is linked, AUMC will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, Premier Selection, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Your Pet, Hunter Farms, Highland Crest, and More Value) purchases credited back to our account. This program does not interfere with your VIC Savings or cost you any money.
Box tops for education: Did you know that you can earn money for our school with products you already buy every time you go shopping? Participation is easy: Clip the Box Top Labels from General Mills products you purchase or already have in your pantry. Bring them to school and drop them in the collection bin in the office or at Entrance #2. It’s that simple! …and it adds up quickly when everyone takes part! Box Tops are redeemable for 10¢ each, and we collect labels throughout the entire year. Click here for a list of participating products.
Available classes for 3-year-olds:
- Three mornings ( M-T-W or **T-W-Th )
General Eligibility for 3-Year-Old Class:
- Children must be 3-years-old by September 30 and independently toilet-trained. Click here to view the WPS/ELP Toileting Policy.
- In order to register in the T-W-Th class, children are required to also be enrolled [and maintain enrollment] in Extended Day and/or Late Day classes.
- Maximum class size is 14 children with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.
Available Classes for 4-Year-Olds:
- Three mornings ( T-W-Th )
General Eligibility for 4-Year-Old Class:
- Children must be 4-years-old on or before September 30.
- Maximum class size is 18 children with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.