Creative Preschoolers Program

man speaking to preschool childrenArlington County half-day preschools are designed to provide children ages 3-5 with their first social group experience outside the home. Emphasis is placed on experiencing age-appropriate recreation activities, being part of a group, cooperating, listening, sharing, developing play and movement skills, and discovering nature.

Choose from two, three or five-day-a-week programs from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Preschool runs from September to May.

Except for the preschool at Fairlington, all are co-op programs which require parents to sign up on a rotating basis to assist the teacher with the program. Fairlington parents may assist through field trips, holiday parties and other activities, but are not required to assist on a daily basis.

Contact a program location (listed below) for specifics or call 703-228-4742.

Download the Creative Preschoolers Parent Handbook.

2014/15 School Year

Preschool programs are currently full.  If you wish to put your child’s name on the waitlist, please contact the Registration Office at 703-228-4747 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Doug Denny at 703-228-1879 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2015/16 School Year

More information about the 2015 – 16 Preschool programs will be posted at the end of January.

Steps for Registration
  1. The application fee is $20 per program, but application fees are capped at $40 per participant. Applications can be made online, by phone or in person at 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA 22206.
  2. DPR will contact you regarding your child’s acceptance into the program within 10 business days of the application starting February 24; you will have 10 days to accept or decline the spot. Offers will continue until all spots are filled, and will be made during the school year if spots become available.  Preference for enrollment is given to 1) currently enrolled children, 2)  siblings of currently enrolled children who are continuing in our program, 3) residents, 4) non-residents.
  3. If you choose to accept the spot, mail-in or make an appointment to submit all paperwork (listed below) and payment within 30 days. Incomplete registrations will not be processed, and the County reserves the right to contact the next person of the waitlist 30 days after the spot is offered.
  4. Registration staff will process your enrollment and you will be provided with a receipt to confirm your registration.
What to Bring to your Preschool Registration Appointment
Item Description
Preschool Participant Registration & Information, Emergency Record Complete the form with all information and include two emergency contacts.
School Entrance Health Form Physician’s office must complete this form and it has to be issued within the last year. Note that many doctors require advance notice, plan accordingly. Parts: I, II, & III must be completed.
Compound Form This is a compound form that provides:
Part A: Information regarding a previous daycare/preschool/camp experience of each child.
Part B: Parent/guardian agreement to report communicable disease.
Part C: Permission for photo release (this section is optional).
Part D: Preschool Parent Handbook Acknowledgement
Diapering Policy Form Must be completed by all regardless of child being toilet trained.
Medication Authorization Form ONLY complete if child needs medication during program hours (EpiPen, Benadryl, etc.) Physician signature required.
Proof of Identity Provide an original birth certificate or passport in person to registration personnel. Document will be copied and you keep the original.
Proof of Residency Bring a copy of the parent’s driver’s license, utility bill or lease agreement with current address. Document will be copied and you keep the original.
Payment A deposit is necessary to confirm your child is registered in the program.

 

Without all necessary forms, documents and payment, registration will not be processed and the County reserves the right to contact the next person of the waitlist 30 days after the spot is offered.

Locations, Program Options, Tuition

Arlington County provides reduced fees based on income; however, we no longer provides a discount to families that enroll more than one child into a program. The sibling discount was created before we had a fee reduction program for people with limited income. The more formal program ensures that fees are not a barrier to all who would like to participate. The fee reduction policy considers household size, which supports families with more than one child.

Location Days Arlington County Resident Tuition Non-Resident Tuition
Co-op option Carlin Hall Center
5711 S. Fourth Street
Mon, Wed, Fri
Tue, Thurs
Mon-Fri
$2,061/year
$1,416/year
$3,477/year
$3,092/year
$2,124/year
$5,216/year
Gunston Community Center
2700 S. Lang Street
Mon, Wed, Fri
Tue, Thurs
Mon-Fri
$2,061/year
$1,415/year
$3,477/year
$3,092/year
$2,124/year
$5,216/year
Lubber Run Community Center
300 North Park Drive
Mon, Wed, Fri
Tue, Thurs
Mon-Fri
$2,061/year
$1,415/year
$3,477/year
$3,092/year
$2,124/year
$5,216/year
Madison Community Center
3829 N. Stafford Street
Mon, Wed, Fri
Tue, Thurs
Mon-Fri
$2,061/year
$1,415/year
$3,477/year
$3,092/year
$2,124/year
$5,216/year
Teacher/Staff Aide option Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford Street
Mon, Wed, Fri
Tue, Thurs
Mon-Fri
$3,113/year
$2,138/year
$5,251/year
$4,669/year
$3,208/year
$7,877/year
Persons with disabilities

Request accommodations in advance by noting needs on the Registration and Information Record. Direct questions on access and inclusion to the program location or the Therapeutic Recreation Office at 703-228-4740 (voice) or 703-228-4743 (TTY).