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Weekday Preschool

703-591-3177  office


Staff Administration

Laurie Seaton, Director

Julie Viar, Financial Manager

Recognized by the Fairfax County Public Schools Preschool Committee

Rated as one of Northern Virginia’s top preschools by Northern Virginia Magazine

About Us

Our preschool is located in Fairfax City, near the intersection of Rt. 50 and University Drive. We opened our doors in the fall of 1976 offering a part day preschool for three and four-year-olds. We have since added Pre-K and Kindergarten. Our staff is passionate about working with young children and is dedicated to offering high quality education and care for the children entrusted to our care. We have a large outdoor play area and indoor space when the weather is inclement. Registration begins the first week of January for our Church members and returning preschool families and for the community during the third week of January. We enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional information about our program such as our philosophy and goals, registration information, forms and other details can be found on this site. We are an outreach of Fairfax United Methodist Church, but we welcome families of any religion or ethnic background, and love to share the traditions, music and foods of all our preschool families. We invite you to call or visit our preschool any time to ask questions, obtain information, or to arrange a personal tour of the school. We love to talk about our program!



Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool is committed to providing the best possible environment for nurturing young children. We encourage each individual child by placing equal emphasis on physical, social, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual development. We offer rich and varied active learning opportunities. We are dedicated to supporting the child and the family. Our curriculum is based on the belief that, for children, play is a developmental opportunity to explore their world, find out how to get along with others, test their skills and muscles, try out new ideas, and problem-solve. We offer daily opportunities to explore art media, science, writing, dramatic play, building, math, literature and the outdoors. Teachers guide and extend the play to refine emerging social and academic skills. All of the activities presented by the teachers are carefully evaluated for a positive educational outcome that can be incorporated into play while giving children lots of practice of important skills. Our program is a part of the Church’s educational and outreach ministries and age-appropriate Christian values guide all curriculum areas. Our program is a part of the Church’s educational and outreach ministries and an atmosphere of acceptance, trust and structured freedom is our goal to help move children toward love of self, others and God.

Our Program

Fairfax United Methodist Church’s preschool ministry is committed to maintaining high-quality early learning for every child in our care while offering a program which supports family and community needs.


Our philosophy and goals encourage a balanced growth in social, emotional, intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual areas. Because we believe play is the most developmentally appropriate and effective avenue of learning for children under six, guided creative exploration is the foundation of all learning opportunities.


Young children are constantly learning and are intrinsically motivated to make sense of their world. They have a natural enthusiasm for knowledge and a desire to make friends while enjoying group activities. They learn best when they have “hands-on” or concrete experiences.


Our preschool offers opportunities for children to problem solve and make decisions while learning more about operating in a group setting under teachers’ guidance. We offer an environment which allows children to mature at their own pace, while still offering challenges. These experiences instill skills needed by successful learners.


Our Preschool Day

Our day begins with a personal greeting for each child and a few words describing the activities and materials available for the day. Children have free time to explore the various centers in the room: sensory table, easel, literacy center, manipulatives, blocks, dramatic play, play-dough, floor toys, etc. The children have opportunities to make discoveries about art, the natural world, literature, construction, math and music while gaining experience and confidence in their emerging fine and gross motor skills. Each center offers similar opportunities to gain skills and experience for the whole child: intellectually, creatively, socially, physically, and spiritually. A typical day incorporates circle time with a story, songs, games, a teacher-guided project, snack, a second circle and weather permitting, outdoor play.


Specials include regular Music and Movement classes, Spanish language lessons, and Lending Library; as well as our Halloween Parade, a Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas programs, Easter activities, and events to celebrate our preschool families. Special groups such as puppeteers, storytellers and community helpers visit the school.


Our Kindergarten Day

Our Kindergarten day begins with a personal greeting and sign-in. Next students independently complete assigned “seatwork” that reinforces the previous day’s lessons. This low stress time enables everyone to ease into the day and chat with friends and teachers. If time allows, individual free play follows, offering a chance to read, do puzzles, play with modeling clay and the like.


After all have arrived, Circle Time begins and includes a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, the day’s news amongst the children, and a morning message relevant to the day’s lessons. Children are encouraged to give their opinions and share their ideas and thoughts. Every effort is made to help students feel safe and confident to express themselves freely.  Amongst many other things, Circle Time typically includes songs, weather reports, and a story relevant to the theme of the week.


The remainder of the day is filled with Math lessons in small and large group settings; Language Arts including phonics, handwriting skills practice, literacy activities, and journal writing; and Social Studies/Sciences with small and large group instruction and activities. In addition, the Kindergartners enjoy all the specials listed under “Our Preschool Day” above. Of course, the students break for lunch and also enjoy two playground recesses every day, weather permitting. We love outdoor learning too!


Our Classes


Our primary focus for our Threes program is supporting independence and self-help skills. Teachers aid children in their language development, help them understand and learn how to follow directions and facilitate their problem-solving skills. This is done through a variety of social emotional and physical experiences.


There are two teachers in each classroom and generally no more than 16 children per class.



Our Fours program differs from the Threes in content rather than structure. We offer structured and free play experiences in literacy, mathematics, science, history, and physical/motor development. To smooth the transition to kindergarten, we offer a project-based curriculum approach which includes week or even month-long themes. This provides teachers time to guide children through interactive in-depth studies through stories, imaginative play, games, art and “hands-on” activities to support the theme.


There are two teachers in each classroom and generally no more than 16-18 children per class.



Our PreK program offers children who are not yet kindergarten age an opportunity to experience preschool in a more rigorous way. They have the gift of time to practice and refine previously learned skills and master new ones as they prepare for kindergarten. Work continues on emergent reading and writing skills, and the class features an emphasis on STEM learning. Five mornings a week together allow more time for deeper exploration of unit themes and added continuity and carry-over for more involved projects.


There are two teachers in each classroom and generally no more than 16 children per class.



Our Kindergarten program is a top-level, very personalized, complete Kindergarten experience. We can offer all the advantages of a warm and caring high quality preschool environment while also meeting and exceeding the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning via our custom curriculum. Our small class size allows for a great deal of one on one learning with a teacher and great flexibility to meet each child’s needs. Each student will gain the academic skills, as well as the confidence they need, to transition to elementary school in the smoothest and most comfortable way possible.


There are two teachers in each classroom and generally no more than 16 children per class.

Overall Curriculum


Generally, Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool’s curriculum adheres to the following overall themes. Please note that additional information specific to our Kindergarten class can be found next under “Kindergarten Curriculum.”


  • Children in relation to themselves – developing a positive self-concept and an awareness and understanding of physical and emotional uniqueness and growth;
  • Children in relation to others – family, peers, and their home community.
  • Children in relation to the physical world – developing a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty and variety in the natural world, including animals, habitats, and natural systems;
  • Children in relation to God – respect and caring for the diversity in God’s creation.


These themes are addressed throughout the year by providing a variety of active learning experiences with literature, music, art, science, health, mathematics, and physical education appropriate to the children’s development levels. Activity or learning centers are maintained within each classroom. Children have opportunities to participate in large groups, small groups, self-selected groups, and individually. In this way, the children encounter many opportunities to gain in language skills, to expand their knowledge, to grow in curiosity, to problem-solve and create, and to improve physical skills. Activities offered include:


  • Group time (stories, books, poems, show and share, etc.)
  • Creative art activities and craft projects (painting, clay, collage, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.)
  • Music (finger plays, singing, instruments, records, creative movement)
  • Outdoor play (fenced playground with wheel toys, climbing equipment, sandbox, easels)
  • Indoor movement center (for inclement weather days)
  • Field trips
  • Science and nature studies (walks, gardening, animal care, study of weather and seasons, etc.)
  • Snack or lunch (food preparations, cooking, nutrition)
  • Play equipment and creative materials for independent or guided learning in math (blocks, puzzles, games, educational materials, toys, etc.)
  • Writing center (paper, markers, scissors, glue, dictation, support of dramatic play)


Children learn through their important relationships. This is called social learning.

Children learn when they feel good and are engaged in what they are learning. This is called emotional learning.

Children learn when they are making sense of their world. This is called intellectual learning.

Because one type of learning is not more important than another social, emotional and intellectual learning all go hand-in-hand.


Kindergarten Curriculum

In addition to the overall curriculum (please see “Overall Curriculum” directly above), our Kindergarten follows the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning. We meet and exceed these standards with a custom curriculum that supports the needs of individual children.


We challenge each child to do their best and celebrate each victory, no matter how small!



Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool offers a high-quality early childhood program providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. We provide all children:


  • Frequent, positive, warm interactions among teachers and children.
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to children’s age and development, such as reading stories, block building, painting, dress-up and active outdoor play.
  • Specially trained teachers and administrators.
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Enough adults to respond to individual children.
  • Many varied age-appropriate materials.
  • Respect for cultural diversity.
  • A healthy and safe environment for adults and children.
  • Inclusive environment.
  • Regular, two-way communication with families who are welcome visitors at all times.
  • Effective administration.
  • Ongoing, systematic evaluation.


Our program is approved by the Fairfax County’s Office for Children as a Child Care Center and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a state licensed facility, biannual, unannounced inspections by a state licensing inspector are conducted. Matters relating to health and safety are thoroughly reviewed and reports are posted for review. To review their reports, visit their website. Fairfax United Methodist Church Preschool takes a leadership role in the community by providing excellence in children’s programs.


2022-2023 Preschool Programs & Monthly Tuition Rates



  • 5 day a week Kindergarten (2022-23 kindergarten eligible children only) —  $650


Morning Preschool

  • 2 day a week Threes (9 am – 12 noon) —  $230 (Child must turn 3 by 12/31/22)
  • 3 day a week Fours (9 am – 12 noon)  —  $300 (Child must turn 4 by 12/31/22)
  • 5 day a week Fours/PreK (9 am – 12 noon) — $430 (At minimum, child must turn 4 by 12/31/22)


Early Birds

  • 8:00–9:00am, $10 per session (available for all students). A Full Year with discount, as well as Custom and Drop-in formats are available. Registration for this program is on paper only and is handled directly through the preschool office staff.


 Lunch Bunch

  • 12 noon – 2 pm, $20 per session (4s and PreK only). Full Year with discount, as well as Custom and Drop-in formats are available. Registration for this program is on paper only and is handled directly through the preschool office staff.
  • 12 noon – 1 pm, $10 per session (3s only). Same registration terms as above.


Registration Requirements


  • Proof of your child’s identity is in the form of an original copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport must be reviewed to complete registration.
  • The Virginia School Entrance Health Form with up-to-date immunizations must be filed with us before the first day of school.
  • $125 annual registration fee payable by check made out to “FUMC Preschool” or cash.


Downloadable Forms

Virginia State School Entrance Health Form

Medication Administration Authorization

Parent Handbook

Authorization for Emergency Treatment

Special Activities

Special events for children are celebrated throughout the year. Some of these include: Mother’s Day, Dad’s Day, our Halloween Parade, a Thanksgiving Day Feast, Christmas programs, Easter activities, and not to mention — the most important day of your child’s life — their birthday! Periodically, we have special groups visit the school, such as puppet shows, storytellers, professional musicians, interactive theater groups and community helpers such as the police and fire departments.


Early Birds

Early Birds is an optional extended day program. Children may arrive up to one full hour (beginning at 8am) prior to the beginning of class time on any or all of the days they are enrolled in school. They will participate in free choice play and crafts and will be escorted to the appropriate classroom at 9am. Registration for Early Birds is via a paper registration form. Early Bird sessions will cost $10 each although there is a 10% discount for full year registration. As custom registrations are accepted, preschool administration will determine exact cost on a case by case basis.


Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is an optional extended day program. Children eat a lunch brought from home and participate in free choice play and playground time, weather permitting. A two hour Lunch Bunch (12pm–2pm) is offered to our three-day Fours and five-day PreK students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (If demand is high enough, this will be added to Tuesdays and Thursdays.) A one hour Lunch Bunch (12pm–1pm) is offered to our two-day Threes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration for either of our Lunch Bunch programs is via a paper registration form. Lunch Bunch sessions work out to a cost of $10 an hour although there is 10% discount for full year registration. As custom registrations are accepted, preschool administration will determine exact cost on a case by case basis.



Field Trips

Our Fours, PreK, and Kindergarten students go on field trips to such places as the planetarium, nature centers and parks, and other locations related to the class curriculum. Our three-year-olds take only one field trip to Fairfax County’s Frying Pan Park in May. All children are required to travel in car seats in the rear seat of cars driven by our parent volunteers.


Field Trips and Parent Participation are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 procedures.


Music and Movement

Each week our 4s, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students spend an enjoyable forty-five minutes with our dedicated music instructor. She leads the children in songs, dancing, and musical games.


Spanish Lessons

Our 4s, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students all receive basic Spanish language lessons weekly. Lessons are held in their classroom and are led by a wonderful native Spanish-speaking teacher.


Lending Library

Every other week, the children visit the Lending Library. The librarian reads a story and the children check out a book to take home. The books are to be returned before the next library day.


Parent Participation

We love to have our families involved in our program, although it is not required. Teachers welcome parents to help in the classrooms, to share special crafts, projects, skills, etc. and to provide extra supervision for special events.


Field Trips and Parent Participation are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 procedures.

Register Online

Lunch Bunch and Early Bird programs available!

Details are on the Activities tab.

2022-2023 Preschool Calendar

In an attempt to protect children with serious allergies, we strive to be a PEANUT AND TREE NUT FREE environment.

Our Preschool admits students of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.