Westminster Weekday Preschool
Westminster Weekday Preschool (WWP) is a developmental program that encourages each child to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively at their own pace. Our curriculum is based on an understanding of how children grow and develop, and how they learn and attempt to make sense of the world around them. Our belief is that children acquire this knowledge about their physical and social worlds through play and interaction with other children, adults and objects.
WWP admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin, and children with special needs. We celebrate traditional Christian holidays while also welcoming the opportunity to learn about other faith traditions and holiday celebrations. We strive to provide a rich variety of experiences for our students by sharing customs, ideas, traditions and meanings, and promoting understanding and acceptance of each other.
Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are proud that the preschool has been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top preschools in the area. The preschool is administered by a Board of Directors consisting of parents, church members, and staff and is a member of Alexandria Preschool Directors, Inc. For more information, contact Carolyn Burke, Director.
Learning at Westminster Weekday Preschool
The 2024-25 school year runs from September 3 to May 30, and all classes are from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Each day is structured so children know what to anticipate. Our 3-hour morning is divided in half, with up to 90 minutes outside on our spacious, fenced playground and 90 minutes inside our large, bright classrooms. The day includes a balance of fine and gross-motor activities, group and individual learning, free play, a school-provided snack, and circle time. Students have weekly music classes where they sing, dance, and play instruments. Students in the 3s and 4s may also participate in our lunch bunch program.
The heart of our preschool is the loving, experienced staff. Each classroom has a teacher and an assistant, and every teacher holds a degree in early childhood education, a child development associate’s credential, or a degree in a related field. We have an occupational therapist (OT) on staff who works with each class weekly and two floaters who help assist with any additional classroom needs.
Registration is for children who will have reached the age of 2½ as of December 31, 2024, or ages 3 or 4 as of September 30, 2024. WWP holds two registration periods: an "In-House" Registration Period for members of Westminster Presbyterian Church or current WWP families, followed by an "Open" Registration Period.
Please contact Carolyn Burke with any questions regarding registration, openings, and tours.
Application forms due on February 9, 2024
Announcements made on February 12, 2024
Application forms due on February 23, 2024
Announcements made on March 1, 2024
Commitments will be due March 8, 2024 (this date is made in coordination with other local preschools).
Conscious Discipline Parent Education Class
Conscious Discipline has created a compassionate culture within our school family that shifted our entire understanding of behavior. Utilizing these research-backed strategies, we are able to respond to each child's individual needs with empathy and kindness. This effective approach is proven to increase self-regulation, sense of security, connection, and natural motivation in both children and adults.
WWP teacher Pam Beard and Director Carolyn Burke lead a conscious discipline class for parents of WWP, other local preschools, and church families each year. The class is offered at no-cost thanks to a grant from the Alexandria Rotary Club!
Discussion sessions in 2024: January 11, February 1 & 22, March 14, April 4 at 8:00 PM
Location: Your home (for watching the videos), Haverkamp Room (with hybrid Zoom option) for discussion sessions