In a word, choosing a cooperative preschool is all about involvement. Parents are in the classroom supervising, interacting, and participating on a regular basis. It quickly becomes less about making snacks and homemade playdough and more about making memories, friends, and a personal investment in your child’s education.
If you are looking for a preschool in Fairfax County, you have a difficult decision ahead of you. There are many important factors to weigh: the right fit for your child, the right fit for your family, your lifestyle, and even your commute. Finding the right preschool in Fairfax County takes a bit of research, time, and soul-searching.
At Annandale Cooperative Preschool, we will not only welcome you into our hallways and classrooms, we will welcome you into our community.
At Annandale Cooperative Preschool, our curriculum is based on the well-tested research of many specialists in the field of Child Development and continues to be created and lovingly implemented by our well-trained and highly experienced teachers. We are proud to be one of the few NAEYC-accredited cooperative preschools and feel strongly that the role of the co-oping parent makes the core of our curriculum that much more meaningful.
Beyond the individualized classrooms which exceed Virginia state and NAEYC requirements, Annandale Cooperative Preschool has an Activity Room, a courtyard garden, a nature trail, and huge playground, all of which make our school a wonderful place to learn.
One thing is for certain: Joining a cooperative preschool demonstrates to your child that you have a personal interest in his or her education, and that you are committed to helping them succeed. And if you get a chance to enjoy a little adult time and work on projects and committees that are a bit more stimulating to your “grown-up” mind, all the better for it.
Somehow something happens when you pull into the preschool parking lot. The stop-and-go hustle and bustle of our little DC suburb gets hushed by the woods surrounding the school. You walk your children to school on a gravel studded safety path filled with deliciously distracting nature. You join other parents as you make the short trek to the school, teaching your children without even realizing it: “Look, this is how you make friends.”
You don’t have to be a parent of a young child to support a great community preschool. Donate to our preschool auction, be a sponsor on our annual 5K Fun Run t-shirt, or purchase an advertisement on our webpage. We know from experience that word of mouth is a powerful tool.
Annandale Cooperative Preschool has met and/or exceeded all ten standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has maintained its accreditation with the NAEYC for over 10 years. In fact, ACPS is the only cooperative preschool in Northern Virginia that has maintained its accreditation even with its recently heightened qualifications.
ACPS has met the high standards of NAEYC accredition continuously since 1987. All of our teachers hold degrees in early childhood education and related fields. We are proud to be the only NAEYC accredited cooperative preschool in Northern Virginia.
ACPS Family Fun Day!
Come join us at Mantua Elementary field on April 29th from 11am-2pm for an amazing day with a Kids Fun Run, Relay Races, Food, Obstacle Course, and Children's Activities!
Sending your child off to Kindergarten can be a daunting task, especially after having been a strong presence in his or her academic career here at Annandale Cooperative Preschool! Many parents want to know how to...
Children are better able to make sense of their world when they spend lots of time outside. They can see how things grow and change over time. They are more fully able to experience the world in which they live in. This can be so powerful. They are able to stretch their imaginations as they create worlds and scenarios that are larger than themselves.
This has been a great experience for my child as well as my family. The teachers are great and very experienced with children on all levels.
My child and family have had a great experience with coop! The teachers are wonderful and highly experienced on several levels. We have benefited from the whole preschool experience. Thank you.
I have been very happy with Annandale Coop this year. I feel my children are safe and well-cared for. Staff and teachers are outstanding and I have greatly enjoyed the sense of community I found here.
My kids have really enjoyed the school and have flourished at Annandale Coop. I will definitely continue recommending the school to neighbors and friends.
We have really enjoyed our experience this year at Annandale Coop. The teachers/director/aids have been very welcoming and open. Thank you!!
I am really totally impressed with our school. Sometimes I feel completely overwhelmed by how much our staff and volunteers take on. I am very proud of our families and our teachers for making such a wonderful place for our children to learn!
We have truly enjoyed the Coop for the past four years. I feel like my first child was adequately prepared for Kindergarten and I hope that my second child will be too. I always highly recommend the preschool and the coop experience.