Registration begins in February of each year. After in-house registration is complete, we will accept registrations from outside our school.
At registration, a fee of $80.00 is due, which is not refundable. One month’s tuition, due in May, will be used as a security deposit and applied to the last month of the school year. Additionally, an activity and supply fee is due in September.
Parents will be notified as soon as possible of acceptance to the preschool. If your child cannot be accepted at this time, he/she will be placed on a waiting list. Priority will be given to children of church members, children currently enrolled, brothers and sisters of existing families or alumni, and those in Mother’s Day Out.
The Child Care Ordinance requires that each child enrolled must have a completed health form signed by the child’s doctor. This form must be on file with us prior to your child’s first day of school and must be updated on a yearly basis. All children must be fully immunized or have a medical waiver.
An Open House for prospective families is held in February each year. Please check the calendar for the scheduled date.
Scholarships are available, based on family size, income, and special circumstances. Applications are available in the Preschool office and will be reviewed by the Director and two members appointed by the Preschool Board.
There will be an Orientation meeting for each Preschool class before regular classes begin in September. Parents will meet with the Director, while the children visit their classrooms and become acquainted with their teachers and classmates.
During the Orientation meeting for the MDO, children will remain with their parents.
Information regarding Orientation will be mailed prior to the scheduled dates.
Throughout the School Year
The Director of the school has a degree in Art and Humanities, and has worked for many years as a teacher of young children and as a preschool program director. The staff is made up of dedicated teachers, who have Masters and/or Bachelor’s Degrees in a variety of fields, and many years of experience working with preschoolers and young children. Teachers continue their education by attending seminars and workshops sponsored by Early Childhood Education educators. Teachers have help from Assistant Teachers who also have many years of experience working with children.
Preschool conferences are conducted twice during the school year, once in the fall by phone, and once in January or early February in person.
No formal conferences are conducted in MDO.
Parents or teachers may request a conference as needed.
Parents are always welcome to visit and observe. Please call the Director to schedule your visit. Teachers will not be available for conferences during a visit or observation, but will work with you to schedule a conference if needed.
Recognizing Developmental Problems
Based on the staff’s knowledge of child development, if irregularity in a child’s behavior is recognized, it will be brought to the attention of the Director and parents. As every situation is unique, a plan will be implemented with the cooperation of the parents and teachers to handle the issue. If necessary, the parents will be directed to Fairfax County’s Child Find program. The staff will cooperate with outside service professionals that would like to confer about a specific child (this is done only with the parent’s permission).
Children With Special Needs
Enrollment for children with special needs will be considered if the program is able to accommodate those needs. The staff is not specifically trained in Special Education and will make accommodations with consideration of all children in the classroom. As with any enrollment, there is a thirty day probationary period.