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Mission/Licensing

PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the St. Andrew Preschool program is to provide a Christian atmosphere in which children will learn to feel secure and comfortable in a school environment while learning through play and interacting with peers and teachers. The children will be given experiences that will development their cognitive, motor, social, perceptual, and communication skills.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

The preschool program is designed to offer a holistic educational experience through experiential learning activities, group listening and sharing activities, free play, and educational field trips. The children at St. Andrew Preschool benefit from a well-rounded developmentally appropriate educational program provided by nurturing professionals trained in the field of education.

The program will include many experiences that will encourage the children in creative play and learning as well as aid in the development of curiosity about the world around them. Through association with their peers and teachers, the children will be encouraged to develop a sense of fair play, self-reliance, problem solving and respect for themselves and others. St. Andrew Preschool emphasizes the importance of learning through hands-on experiences and play, rather than a structured pencil-paper academic environment.

**** 4 Star Quality Rated School ****

In compliance with the Code of Virginia, we are licensed as a religious exempt child center by the Virginia Department of Social Services, and comply with standards set by the Department of Social Services. Classes are provided in accordance with the requirements of the Commonwealth of

Virginia for age, teacher to pupil ratio, and health certification.

The preschool is a member of Smart Beginnings whose membership is dependent on meeting a stringent list of criteria.

St. Andrew has also received a 4 Star Quality Rating for 7 years through the Virginia Star Quality Rating Initiative. This rating was awarded based on excellent teacher/child interactions, on developmentally appropriate curriculum, on clean and safe facilities, and on having qualified professionals working with children.

We are members of the local, regional, state and national chapters of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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