Aldersgate Day School

Preschool in Alexandria, VA 22308

1301 Collingswood Road
Alexandria, VA 22308
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Aldersgate Day School began in 1962 with just two classes and an enrollment of 38 children. By 1973, the Day School had grown to 102 students and had four classes of three year olds, three classes of four year olds and one kindergarten class.

In 1976, Fairfax County approved the Day Schools infamous Mothers Day Out program. This program allowed the Day School to enroll children as young as six months old. By 1978, there was such a demand for space and the popularity of the school had grown so much that the Day School secured a seat on the official church Commission on Education.

Between 1981 and 1984, the position of Day School Director became a twelve month position, the first teachers aide position was added, and the Day School and Mothers Day Out programs were combined into one Day School program and process of united the staff and programs as one school was begun.

During the years 1985 and 1986, two more classes of threes and fours were added, bringing the total number of classes to seven. Significant facility improvements were made during the next 5 years in an effort to bring the Day School into compliance with Virginia State Licensure regulations. In 1991 the Day School received its first unconditional Virginia State License. The Mothers Day Out program was replaced by the current Toddler I, Toddler II and Pre-3s classes.

Many new and exciting educational, staffing and programmatic activities continued throughout the 1990s and into 2003 when ground was broken for the new Aldersgate Educational wing! A huge effort was undertaken, in part, for the benefit of the Day School and its children! In February 2005 the Day School moved into the new wing (and resided in both upstairs and downstairs classrooms while the existing educational wing was beautifully remodeled!). By September 2005, the Day School was set up as it is currently configured.

As of May 2007, the Day School has an enrollment of 207 children, fourteen class offerings and 30 teachers and staff! We are so proud of our rich history and the opportunities we have been given to be agents of Gods love through the educational process to so many children and their families within and outside our community!

Child Ages:
1 year - 5 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Virginia Department of Social Services
Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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The primary goals of the Day School include teaching each child that he/she is of great worth as a unique being in God’s creation; that adults other than parents are helpful, friendly, and fun to be with; that group experiences with other children are exciting and gratifying; and that school is a fun and exciting place. We try to help each child grow toward full potential, develop a love for learning, feel a sense of security, and think and act creatively.

The one through pre-three year old classes provide the parent or care giver a morning out while the child is cared for in a happy and secure atmosphere. However, much more than mere baby sitting occurs in this informal setting with non-structured activities planned for and carefully supervised by qualified, creative teachers.

At all levels, the typical Aldersgate morning includes verbal and gross and fine motor skills development through activities such as circle time, sharing time, use of manipulatives, and playground and/or Founders Hall free-play time. Creative and social development is fostered through daily arts & crafts, music—either participatory or listening, reading and story time and other play activities. Daily schedules and monthly plans are posted in each classroom be sure to take a look at all the wonderfully creative ways your child can learn!


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