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Feb 28, 2017

2017 Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 2, 2012
starting at 12:30 p.m. in Old Town

Federal, state, and local elected officials; the Irish Ambassador; military commanders; and other local celebrities will participate in the Alexandria parade. Local scouts, marines and high school bands will also be represented.

Local organizations are going all out this year to make this years parade tons of fun for all!

A Fun Dog show will precede the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Market Square. They will award prizes for fun categories such as Dog with Best Tail Wag, Dog with Most Unusual Markings, Dog/Owner with Most Similar Hair, Dog with Most Unusual Tail & Dog with Best Irish Costume

Aug 18, 2016

If you’re like me and my family, you’re probably under-utilizing the city’s recreation centers. I thought it was worthwhile to check out a few of the centers closest to us in Del Ray. My first stop was at Charles Houston Recreation Center, so here is my “review” on the city’s newest recreation center.

Charles Houston Recreation Center

901 Wythe St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Mon-Fri 9 am to 9 pm
Teens only 9 -11 pm

Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Teens only 6 – 11 pm

Sun 1 to 5 pm

Fitness center
The fitness center and weight room are open when the center is open. Daily Visit is $5 for residents or $10 for non- residents. 3, 6 and 12 month passes are available for discounted rates. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed in the fitness center. 15 -17 must be accompanied by a paying adult and show photo school ID. Seniors 55+ get and additional discount.


The gym is always a big hit with my oldest child and my husband. The gym is not available to rent but is frequently usually open for free play. Be sure to call ahead to check on the daily schedule though.



The pool features zero entry slopes to a mere 3′, a perfect set up for little ones. The pool offers daily rates and season passes that are very affordable. Parents are welcome to accompany their children though. There are two short lap lanes at 4′ depth. There are several bubbler and spray fountains for little ones to play in along with a “waterfall”

There are several small clean bathrooms at the pool area that are family friendly. There are no concessions available and food and drinks are not allowed in the pool area, however they encourage you to step outside of the fenced-in pool area to enjoy snacks and lunch in the grass.

The pool usually doesn’t have a crowd so it’s a perfect spot to take little ones.

Soft Play Room

The soft play room is a mini version of the soft play room we all love at Chinquapin Rec. Center. This soft play room is perfect for the smaller ones that may get run over by the older kids at Chinquapin. There’s wall to wall mats with colorful climbing structures limited in height to one foot. A small ball pit is in the room along with games, toys and wee ones seats.

Soft Play is open for ages 0-5 with adult.  This unstructured drop–in playgroup encourages motor skill development on three-dimensional mats. An adult must accompany each child/family. Socks are required for all. Please call ahead for availability as there is a max of 16. Admission Fee: $5 Residents/$10 Non Residents (Chaperones are free)

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m. to 5 pm

This room can be rented for birthday parties! This is the space I’d dreamed of for my daughter’s first birthday.

Game Room

The game room facility offers a pool table, ping pong table, Foosball and air hockey table, all for free use by city residents. This seems like a perfect hang out for rainy days and older, competitive kids.

The outdoor playground features a soft surface and is completely enclosed. The only entry to this playground is through a door from the Rec. Center. The play system has a slide, climbing structures and monkey bars.

A number of programs are offered at the facility through the Alexandria Recreation Department. You can view the Program Guide to see all the classes and times. Classes for children include swimming, Little Gymmies, Abrakadoodle Doodlers, Music Together, Tiny Dancers, youth chess, gymnastics and mom & me yoga.

The facility offers after care for school age children. The aftercare program uses the facility on Mon. – Fri. from 2:30 pm – 6 pm. (Please note that during these hours, after care children will be present throughout the  center, in other areas mentioned above.)

The Advisory Board has created this helpful website that covers general information, fees, programs and activities.

Be sure to check out this Alexandria gem!

Feb 09, 2016

Monday, February 15th from 1-3 p.m. is the George Washington Birthday Parade. This parade in Old Town Alexandria is “The largest Parade Celebrating Washington’s Birthday in the USA!” The parade dates back to at least 1923 and features bands, floats, wagons, horses, historic reenactment units, youth groups, and special performances.

The 1-mile parade route begins at the intersection of Gibbon & S. Fairfax Streets and ends at Wilkes & S. Royal Streets.

GW Parade Route 2015The parade features military, fire, police, EMS, historical reenactment groups (from the 18th to the 20th century), performance groups, bands, youth, equestrian and other animal units and civic groups.

Also enjoy free admission to these sites on Parade Day in honor of the birthday of George Washington:

Jan 18, 2016

swim lessonWinter is always a tough time at my house. I always panic and worry that my kids are getting too much screen time and not enough activity time. If you’re looking for something exciting for your kids to keep them occupied, here are a few places you can sign up for a wide variety of classes:

Kid’s Classes you can sign up for at Local Motion Studio. They offer creative movement, ballet, modern and yoga classes for kids. They also offer workshops throughout the year, so also look out for these special classes.

Tippy Toes Dance offers Mommy & Me, Ballet and Hip-Hop classes at Mind the Mat Studio on Mount Vernon Ave. Classes are ongoing and available for enrollment.

UpCycle CRC‘s has a variety of arts based classes for children of all ages taking place in their studio at 1712 Mt. Vernon Ave. They offer a Materials Playgroup for ages 1-3 yrs. with a caregiver, Preschool Explorers class, and Elementary Kids Workshop.

Ms. Lynne of MLYNA Ballet on Mount Vernon Ave. has registration open for the Winter/Spring Sessions. They offer ballet classes at 100 E. Windsor Ave.

The City of Alexandria offers a fantastic array of classes through their department of recreation, parks and cultural activities. The Winter 2016 Program Guide is available online. You’ll find swimming classes, youth sports and recreation classes. Some of the exciting options for recreation classes includes Youth Technology, Martial Arts, Dance, Creative Arts and Music classes.

There are activities and story times every day at one of the city’s four public libraries. Check their calendar for times and dates.

 Alexandria Soccer Association is offering winter Tot Soccer starting Jan. 23rd. The ASA Tots Soccer program is a unique opportunity to introduce your child to soccer. The program is designed specifically for the youngest players, ages 2 through 4 years old.


ACPS kids

Sep 03, 2015

ChildSpaceAdIt’s the time of year for many families to start thinking about preschool options.  We’ve updated our list of preschools and daycare facilities in Alexandria. Happy hunting and good luck!

Abracadabra Child Care & Development Center
6 West Masonic View
Director: Michele Lamberson
Phone Number: (703) 548-7796
Age Range: 2-5
School Times: 7:30 a.m. -6 p.m.
Registration: The enrollment process begins with an arranged time to meet the Director and visit the school. Afterward, parents may complete and return the Center’s waiting list form with a non-refundable $50.00 fee to be added to waiting list. Registration begins in March for the following September.

Aldersgate Day School
1301 Collingwood Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22308
Director: Patty Spitnale
Phone Number: 703/768-8351
Age Range: weekday, half-day ministry for children 3 years old to pre-K
At Aldersgate Day School, your children are (almost) as important to us as they are to you; that’s why we provide a safe, loving, Christian environment for your children.
Jesus also said that for anyone to understand his Kingdom they’ll first have to become like little children; that’s why at Aldersgate Day School, we’re committed not only to teaching your children, we’re committed to treating them as though we have something to learn from them as well. Our Day School Director, Patty Spitnale, is dedicated to providing families a safe, educational and loving environment where our talented team of teachers can guide your children in building their minds, building friendships and building character.

Agudas Achim Preschool
2908 Valley Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Deborah Tureck
Phone Number: 703.998.6072
Age Range: 2 – 5 (Pre-K) years old
School Times: 9:00-1:00
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Priority registration for congregants and current families—General Registration starting February 2nd
Special Needs: Acceptance is on a case-by case basis.
Other Information: $40 registration fee is applied to first month’s tuition for returning families. Agudas Achim Preschool is open to families of all faiths.

Alexandria Academy of Fine Arts & Science (Little One Academy)
311 N. Washington St.
Alexandria 22314
Director: Rachel Lessard
Phone Number: 703-836-6664
Age Range: 18 months-13 years
Extended Care: No
Coop: Co-op/parent helper and assistant training available
Registration: Applications accepted on rolling basis. Families are encouraged to visit Open Houses or make an appointment to tour the atrium and to learn more about the program. A wait list is established once a session is full.

Alexandria City Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education Services
Preschoolers Learning Together Program – (PLT Program)

Jefferson-Houston: Caitlyn Schnure or via e-mail to
Charles Barrett: Heather Morgan or via e-mail to
John Adams: Andrea Handel or via e-mail to
Jane Richardson
Phone Number: 703-578-8217
Age Range: 3 yrs – 5 yrs
School Times: Monday – Friday 8am-11am or 11:20am – 2:35pm
Extended Care: No
Coop: No
Open House Dates: Please call Jane Richardson to schedule a meeting
Registration: Due in April and May
Other Information: Preschool classes follow the standard ACPS school calendar. A limited
number of slots are available for each session at Jefferson Houston, Charles Barrett, and John Adams Elementary Schools for the 2012-13 school year. The program is open to children of Alexandria City residents.

All Saints Episcopal Church Sharon Chapel Montessori Atrium
3421 Franconia Road
Alexandria 22310
Director: Davette Himes
Phone Number: 703-960-4808
Age Range: Toddler/Pre-K 18-36 months
Extended Care: No
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Thursdays 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Coop: Co-op/parent helper and assistant training available
Registration: Children can join the group at any time if slots become available. (Six children per group, additional sessions may be added from wait list)

American Day School
917 Princess Street
Alexandria 22314
Director: Pilar Mackay
Phone Number: 703-837-0237
Age Range: 16 mo – 5 years
School Times: 7AM – 6PM
Extended Care: Y
Open House Dates: 40555
Registration: $100 non-refundable fee
Other Information: Additional locations

Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool (AUCP)
444 Arlington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
Director: Susan Parker
Phone Number: 703.527.2638
Age Range: 4 months (6 weeks if an older sibling attends AUCP) to 5 years old.
School Times: 9:30-12:30
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Open House Dates: Sat., Feb. 4, 2012

Aquinas Montessori School, is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Oct 16, 7-8 pm at their Mt. Vernon campus (8334 Mount Vernon Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309).It’s a great school with long traditions; this year marks its 50th anniversary! The school offers a primary program for 3-6 year olds, and, for those who fall in love with the Montessori method and would like to continue, an elementary program for 6-12 year olds.

Beverley Hills Church Preschool
3512 Old Dominion Blvd.
Alexandria 22305
Director: Margaret Moran
Phone Number: (703) 549-7441
Age Range: 2 1/2 – 5 years old
School Times: 9:00-12:15
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Applicants pick up registration packets at the open house and school tours. Students are admitted according to a lottery system drawn from completed applications (including application fees). Priority is given to church members, siblings of current students, alumni children and children of staff.

Blessed Sacrament School
1417 West Braddock Road
Principal: Valerie Garcia
Phone Number: (703) 998-4170 (26)
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
School Times: Varies
For children of registered parishioners, offers for available spots will be made on or about March 2, 2015. Commitment/Registration fees must be received no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2015, after which available spots will be offered to wait-listed applicants.

Blue Bird of Alexandria
346 Commerce Street
Director: Susan Pnevmatikatos
Phone Number: 703.683.2701
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: No fee for registration. $100 fee to secure a spot.

Brentwood Academy
3725 Nalls Road
Director: Susan Pnevmatikatos
Phone Number: 703.780.5750
Age Range: 6 weeks through second grade
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: No fee for registration. $100 fee to secure a spot.

Bright Start Learning Center
4920 Brenman Park Drive
Director: Jennifer Bush
(703) 370-8414
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years
School Times: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m
Registration: $100 fee

Browne Academy
5917 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria 22310
Director: Steve Salvo
Phone Number: 571-451-1001
Age Range: age 3 – grade 8
School Times: 8:15 – 12:30/3:15
Extended Care: Yes
Other Information: 7am – 6pm extended day coverage; summer camp

Burgundy Farm Country Day School
3700 Burgundy Road
Alexandria 22303
Director: Jeff Sindler, Head of School
Phone Number: 703-329-6968
Age Range: Pre-K-8th grade
School Times: 8:00-6:00
Extended Care: Yes
Coop: Pre-K & K are co-op, Parent involvement- all grades
Open House Dates:
Registration: Registration: $75 application fee, call or email to request information packet.
Special needs: Limited. Call the Director of Admission to discuss.
Other Information: (Accredited by AISGW, VAIS, and NAIS.)

Butterfly House
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Director: Kerry Hual
Phone Number: (703) 461-1786
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
School Times: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Enrollment: Priority is given to VTS students and employees as well as to Episcopal High School employees. Admission to VTS does not result in automatic admission to TBH. Admission is determined by early June each year.

Campagna Center – Alexandria Head Start
418 S. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: (703) 549 0111
Age Range: 3 to 5 years
School Times: 8: 30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Serves 309 preschool children with registration fairs held in mid-March every year. All low-income families and families of children with special needs in Alexandria are invited to register. Families are ranked based on income and needs, and eligible families not accepted due to limited space will be offered a spot on the waiting list for that year. For registration information, contact Leslie Wysong at

The Child and Family Network Centers
3700 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone Number: 703-836-0214
Age Range: 3 to 5 years
School Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: CFNC is a non-profit that grants acceptance on need-based applications. Please contact Vanessa Martinez at 703-836-0214 for further information.

Children’s International School
25 S. Quaker Ln
Alexandria 22314
Director: Saskia Swider
Phone Number: 703-751-7266
Age Range: 2.5 to 9 years
School Times: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates:
Registration: Applications found on our website. Open enrollment. $75 non-refundable application fee.

ChildSpace Learning Center
2721 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
Director: Valentina Kizchanka
Phone Number: 571.429.3082
Age Range: Preschool Program: 3 – 5, Enrichment Classes: 2.5 – 12.
School Times:
Weekdays: Full-day 8:00 – 3:00; Half-day 9:00 – 12:00; AfterCare 3:00 – 6:00
Saturdays: Kids Club 9:00 – 1:00
Extended Care: 3:00 – 6:00
Registration: Full-day/Half-day Preschool Programs – one-time enrollment fee – $150, Saturdays/AfterCare -one-time enrollment fee- $50.

Church of Saint Clement
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone Number: 703-998-8795
Age Range: 2.5 to 5 years
School Times: 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Mid-January with registration for new students beginning in early February
Registration: Children must be at least 30 months old by September. Parents are invited to tour the school and/or attend the open house in mid-January. Tours are scheduled M/T/Th from 9:30 to 11:15, and W from 10:00 to 11:15. Please call the school office (703-998-8795) to schedule an appointment.

Creative Play School I
845 N. Howard St.
Alexandria 223014
Director: Kimberly Littleton
Phone Number: 703-751-3388
Age Range: 16 months-6 years
School Times: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Call for a tour
Registration: $50 fee

Creative Play School II
100 E. Windsor Ave.
Alexandria 22301
Director: Kris Solberg
Phone Number: 703-836-7090
Age Range: 2-5 years
School Times: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Call for a tour
Registration: $50 fee

Creative World Learning Centre – Landmark
241 South Reynolds Street
Phone Number: (703) 212-2024
Age Range: 6 WEEKS-12 YEARS
School Times: 6:30am – 6:00 pm
Director: Tari Kudi
Registration: $80 registration fee

Del Ray Montessori School
100 East Windsor Avenue
Alexandria 22301
Director: Sarah Fondriest
Phone Number: 703-980-9409
Age Range: 2.5 to 9 years
School Times: 8:15  with a 1 p.m. and 3:10 dismissal option
Extended Care: No
Coop: No
Open House Dates:
Registration: Applications found on our website. Open enrollment. $75 non-refundable application fee.

Discovery Time Learning Center
1509 Leslie Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone Number: 703-930-9043
Age Range: 6 weeks to Pre-K (4 ½ years old)
School Times: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Tours scheduled weekly online and on personal basis when necessary. Please email for further information.

Emmanuel Preschool
1608 Russell Road
Alexandria 22301
Director: Jeanna Reidy
Phone Number: 703-683-0303
Age Range: 2 – 5 years old
School Times: 9:00-12:30
After School Enrichment Options available
Open House Dates: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 9:30am
Registration: Lottery held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Families notified by Thursday, February 5, 2015
Special Needs: No

Engelside Baptist Church
Engleside Christian School
8428 Highland Lane
Alexandria 22301
Keith Paddock (
Phone Number: 703- 780-5410
Age Range:
3 years old and up
School Times: 8:00 am to 3:25 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Accepting applications starting a year in advance for the following school year, $25 application fee to secure an academic consultation


Fairlington Preschool
3900 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Carol Keller
Phone Number: 703.671.3939
Age Range: 2 – 5 years old
School Times: 9am-12pm
Extended Care: Stay and Play until 1:30
Open House Dates: Friday, January 27, 2012
Registration: Application form and fee of $45, accepted after the January 23 Open House.
Special Needs: Yes
Other Information: for more information

First Baptist Church Weekday Preschool Ministry
2932 King Street
Alexandria 22302
Directors: Teri Stewart and Eileen Lane
Phone Number: (703) 684-3733
Age Range: 1-5 years old
School Times: 10:00-2:00pm
Extended Care: No
Open House Dates: Individual Tours scheduled by appointment
Registration: Online or Contact the Preschool Office
Special Needs: No

Flagstone School
721 N. Columbus Street
Director: Donnette Williams
Phone Number: (703) 683-7114
Age Range: 2 month- 5 years
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: $125 registration $25, further info available at:

Fort Hunt Preschool
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria 22307
Director: Nancy Renner
Phone Number: 703-768-7584
Age Range: 2.5-5
School Times: 9:15am – 12pm
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Open Enrollment begins February 4, 2011 by mail and runs through February 17th. Students are admitted according to a lottery system drawn from completed applications (including application fees). Priority is given to MVUC members, siblings of current students, alumni children and children of staff. There is a $50 application fee/per student at the time you apply. Applications are available on the website.
Special Needs: Please call the director to discuss any special needs.
Other Information:;
Franconia Baptist CDC
5912 Franconia Road
Alexandria 22305
Director: Head of School: Chris Stegmaier Byrnes, Director of Admissions: Benita Cathey
Phone Number: 703-971-4613
School Times: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Age Range: 2 ½
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Early Bird date of June 1st for the following September, $120 registration fee ($30 non-refundable if placed on waitlist)

Grace Episcopal School
3601 Russell Road
Alexandria 22305
Director: Melinda Cagle
Phone Number: 703-549-5067
Age Range: Preschool – Grade 5 (Children must be 3 years old by August 31st to be eligible for Preschool)
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: November 11, 2014 and January 21, 2015
Registration: Application deadline: February 2, 2015
Special Needs: No
Other Information: (Accreditation: VAIS; Affiliations: Independent Education, NAIS, MAESA)

Great Beginnings Early Learning Center
618 N. Washington Street
Director: Adria Scott
Phone Number: (703) 224-2599
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years old
School Times: 7 or 7:30 a.m. (age dependant)-6 p.m.
Registration: $100 registration

Happy Home Child Learning Center
5001 Seminary Road
Suite 109
Director: Ms. Perkins
(703) 931-1051
Age Range: 12 months to 5 years
School Times: 6:45am – 6pm
Registration: $100 fee

Hopkins House – Helen Day Preschool Academy
1224 Princess Street
Principal: Shelley Keith
Telephone: (571) 480-4081
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years
School Times: 7am to 6pm

Immanuel Lutheran School
1801 Russell Road
Alexandria 22301
Headmaster: Ms. Julia Habrecht
Phone Number: 703-549-0155
Age Range: Junior Kindergarten (age 4) -8th grade
School Times: 8:20 am – 1 pm (JK), 8:20-3pm (K-8th)
Extended Care: Yes (both before and after school)
Open House Dates: Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 5 (all at 9am) Reservations for our Open Houses are encouraged. If you would like to schedule a tour of the school, please contact the school office at 703-549-7323 or
Registration: Application and non-refundable fee of $95 is due by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
Special Needs: No

Innovation Station Child Development Center
500 Dulany Street
Director: Valerie Tribble
(571) 272-2880
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
School Times: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration: $150 non-refundable fee

JCCNV Bethel Preschool
3830 Seminary
Alexandria 22304
Director: Dina Backer
Phone Number: 703-537-3084
Age Range: 18 mon(by sept 30)-5 years
School Times: 9:00-1:00
Extended Care: Yes, 7:30a-6p
Registration: Registration begins for new families in January.

Keshet Child Development Center
758 South 23rd Street
Arlington 22202
Assistant Director: Jennifer Klein
Phone Number: (703) 535-5525
Age Range: 2-5 years
School Times: 9:15 am to 1:15 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration:$100 deposit, applications starting in January and accepted on rolling basis, priority given to current Keshet families, siblings and alumni

Madison Day School
Newly opened in 2015 via Patch
722 North Henry Street
Alexandria 22314
Phone Number: 703- 299-9800
School Times: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration: Waitlist available, more information via

Meeting House
318 South Royal Street
Alexandria 22314
Director: Tania Ryan
Phone Number: 703-549-8037
Age Range: 24 months – 4/5 years old
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes, 6-8 times per school year
Open House Dates: February 15th 9:15-11:00 a.m.
Registration: Application ready to be “downloaded” from website by Nov. 1st or call for placement on mailing list. Admission is basically by lottery after current families are placed.
Special Needs: Yes, we can accommodate children with mild special needs. MHCP is one of the only preschools in the area that has a program for inclusion of children with mild learning disabilities.

Mt Vernon Weekday School
2006 Belle View Blvd
Alexandria 22307
Phone Number: 703-765-0140 or 703-992-4901
Age Range: 2-5years
Open House Dates: January 28-29th
Registration: $75 deposit

The Nest Academy at Del Ray
2609 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria 22301
Phone Number: 703-549-1549
Age Range: 3 weeks to 12
School Times: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Email to schedule a tour and start the enrollment process. Accepting enrollments on a rolling basis.

Northeast Stars Montessori
688 St. Asaph Street
Alexandria 22307
Phone Number: 703- 903-0252
Age Range: 2 years and up
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Email to request an ‘inquiry package’ and begin the registration and schedule a visit

Old Presbyterian Meeting House
318 South Royal Street
Alexandria 22307
Phone Number: 703-549-6670
Age Range: 2 years and up
Extended Care: Yes
School Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open House Dates: Wednesday, January 28th
Registration: Application due Friday, January 30th with the admissions lottery to be completed in early March

Old Town Montessori School
115 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Cecelia Snyder
Phone Number: 703.684.7323
Age Range: 3-6 years old
Extended Care: No
Coop: No
Open House Dates: School Tours: By Appointment, contact Jean Gunderson (703 780-8484 or
Registration: $100 nonrefundable application fee. Candidates for the upcoming school year will be scheduled for a school visit between Jan. and Feb.  Acceptance announcements will be made by March 1st.
Special Needs: No
Other Information: Accreditations: by Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI)

Pinecrest School
7209 Quiet Cove
Annandale 22003
Director: Nicole McDermott
Phone Number: 703-354-3446
Age Range: half-day 3-year-old & 3-year-old preschool; full-day K-6; preschool & K-6 after-care until 6 p.m.
School Times: 8-6pm
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Sunday, January 29 – 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, February 25 – 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Registration: Rolling admissions; recommended time to complete applications for next school year is November-January

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
Location change as of Fall 2015 to:
Fairlington Presbyterian Church
3846 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Kathrin Breitt Brown
Phone Number: 703.486.1309
Age Range: Infant to Grade 3
School Times: 8:30-12:00 or 12:00-3:00
Registration: November and December Open Houses prior to enrollment material availability in early winter. Early decision due date is February 1. At other times children may be enrolled on a rolling basis as space permits.
Special needs: Special needs children can sometimes be accommodated. Discussion with the class teacher is required prior to acceptance.
Other Information: Accreditations: Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

Resurrection Children’s Center
2280 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria 22311
Director: Kim Messinger and Margaret Sharkey
Phone Number: 703-578-1314
Age Range: 2.5 — 5
School Times: 9:30 — 12:30
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Applications and non-refundable $35 application fee accepted at Open
House. There is no deadline for receiving applications.
Special Needs: Yes

St. Aidan’s Day School
8531 Riverside Rd.
Alexandria 22308
Director: Suzanne Odom
Phone Number: 703-360-4160
Age Range: 2-K
School Times: 9am-12pm
Extended Care: No
Registration: New Families can join Waiting List beginning December 1st by calling or emailing school. New Families are offered spaces after Current Families register in January. Program follows the Fairfax County POS, kindergarteners bring a bag lunch on Tuesday and Thursday, when they stay until 1pm.

St. Anthony’s Day School
321 First Street
Director: Janet Cochran
(703) 836-9123
Age Range: 6 week – preschool
School Times: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Registration: $20 waitlist application fee, name is on waitlist for 1 year

St. Clement Episcopal School
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria 22302
Director: Dory Herman-Sample
Phone Number: 703-998-8795
Age Range: 2_ – 5 years old (pre-K)
School Times: 8:00-6:00
Extended Care: Yes
Open House Dates: Jan. 20, 2012
Registration: Telephone to arrange a personal tour between 9:30am- 11:30am M-Th.
Registration: First come, first served; priority is given to church members, returning students, and siblings of students.
Special Needs: We welcome all children to our program.

St. Luke’s Day School
8009 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA 22308
Director: Ann Marie Coggins
Phone Number: 703.765.6699
Age Range: 2 _ – K
School Times: 9:00 am-12pm, except Kindergarten which meets 12:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Extended Care: Until 4:00pm
Registration: Families are encouraged to visit St. Luke’s, meet with the Day School Director and visit the classes. Commonwealth of Virginia requires proof of identity of child at the time of registration (i.e. certified copy of birth certificate). $120.00 Registration Fee.

St. Mary’s Preschool and Extended Day
400 Green Street
(703) 549-1646Mrs. Janet M. Cantwell, Principal
Half day program from age 4 and up

St. Paul’s Nursery School
228 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Director
Phone Number: 703.549.1974
Age Range: 3 year olds through Kindergarten
School Times: 9am-12pm
Registration: Call the school at 703-549-1974 for an admissions packet and application
Other Information: We offer neighborhood bus service to and from school

St. Rita’s School
3801 Russell Road
Alexandria, VA 22305
Director: Mary Pat Schlickenmaier
Phone Number: 703.548.1888
Age Range: 3 – 5 years old
School Times: 8:30-11:30 , 12:00-3:00
Open House Dates: November 16, 9-11am
Registration: Letters of Intent accepted at Open House

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Church
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, VA 22305
Phone Number: 703- 212-2757
Age Range: 2 years old and up
Registration: View their comprehensive admission dates and event calendar here:

St. Thomas More Cathedral School
105 North Thomas Street
Arlington 22203
Director: Eleanor McCormack
Phone Number: 703-528-6781
Age Range: Pre-K – 8th
School Times: 8am – 3pm
Extended Care: Yes
Registration: Please contact the office to schedule an appointment or send an e-mail to

Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool
7719 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria 22308
Director: Barbra Bradley
Phone Number: 703-373-3205 (direct)
703-765-9266 (main)
Age Range: 2 years-K
School Times: 9:00-11:45 or 12:45-3:30
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Open Enrollment begins in late by mail on a first come first serve basis. There is a $50 application fee/per student at the time you apply.

Teddy Bear Day Care-Merton Court
5708 Merton Court
Director: April Webb
Phone Number: (703) 671-7382
Age Range: 16 months – 10 years old
School Times: 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: $100 fee

Teddy Bear Day Care-Reynolds Street
375 South Reynolds Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
Director: Jeanette Mason
Phone Number: 703-370-5777
Age Range: 16 months – 10 years old
School Times: 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Registration: $100 fee

Tiny Tots Playroom
1500 King Street
Suite 105
Phone Number: 703.683.5130
Age Range: Six weeks through three years
School Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Late pickup/early drop-off from 7am to 7pm

Trinity MOPS Preschool
2911 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone Number: 703.549.7422
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years old
School Times: 9:30-12:30
Registration: Registration form and $80.00 non-refundable fee accepted at Open House in early January.

UCM Bryant Early Learning Center
2709 Popkins Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
Director: Joann Higgs
Phone Number: 703.765.0909
Age Range: 6 weeks to 5 years
School Times: 7am – 6pm
Extended Care: Yes

Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool
700 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria 22301
Director: Cindy Hodgkins
Phone Number: 703-519-3737
Age Range: 2-5 years old
School Times: 9am-12pm
Extended Care: No
Coop: Yes
Registration: Families must attend the open house in mid-January prior to submitting an application.

Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool
115 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Director: Jasmine Milone
Phone Number: 703.549.7931
Age Range: 2 1/2 to 5 years. New students must be 2 1/2 by September 30. Siblings of current students may apply if 2 years of age by September 30.

Registration: Enrollment information and applications for the upcoming school term will be available on our website in December with a deadline of late January, after which admissions are granted on a space-available basis. Priority is given to church members and affiliates.

Westminster Weekday Preschool
2701 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Director: Carolyn Burke
Phone Number: 703.549.5267
Age Range: 2 and a half- 5years old
School Times: 9:00-12:00
Registration: Begins in early January, with priority given to church members

YMCA/METRO – Alexandria
420 East Monroe Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone Number: 703 -838-8085
Age Range: 18 months – pre-K
School Times: 7:00-6:30
Registration: Contact for further information

An updated open access spreadsheet with open house dates and times can be found here

Jan 29, 2014

This Friday, Jan. 31st, the Mount Vernon Community School (MVCS) PTA will host a community bingo night in the school cafeteria. The cost is $20 per person to play between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Dinner, catered by Pork Barrel BBQ, will be available for $5.

There will be a free movie and pizza for kids in the school auditorium.

Spread the word, all are invited! Come for fun, cash prizes and community and help support the PTA!

To help with planning and logistics, please reserve your spot at


Jan 23, 2014


I have wonderful memories of visiting my local library growing up and all the wonderful books that I discovered and all the magical places and people I met in those books. We all know that Alexandria city’s libraries have kids books, parenting books and even a fantastic selection of kids videos but did you know about all the amazing events and story times that the Alexandria city library‘s host every day? To give you an idea of how many fantastic programs the city’s four library branches host each day, I’m including a list of all the free events for children that will be held through the end of January. Pick out your favorite events and have tons of FREE fun!Kids Events & Story TimesKids Events & Story Times2013-06-25 16.17.42
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Dec 24, 2013

What better day than to start a new blog series of ‘My Favorite Things’ in our neighborhood than Christmas Eve? These things don’t have to be big but they’re the things that make our community such a special place to be raising our kids!


Years ago Purple Goose started the tradition of being a drop off point for letters to Santa. Their mailbox disappeared last year but they continued the tradition this year. Santa replies to each letter that is dropped off!


Dec 03, 2013

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Del Ray Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Luminaries,

& Visit with Santa Claus!

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Events are at the Del Ray Farmers Market

Corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Oxford Avenue

And along Mt. Vernon Avenue


·        Enjoy thousands of Luminaries along Mt. Vernon Avenue

·        Sing holiday carols at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market led by:

“The Rainbow Lady from Rainbow Rock aka Kate Moran”

·        Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate provided by Evening Star & Buzz Bakery

·        Sit on Santa’s lap and have a photo taken

·Come out and see if you can “Find the Spirits” in Del Ray.  Many businesses will be open late for shoppers & offering special holiday spirits/beverages

·  Stop by Del Ray Artisans Holiday Market to shop & enjoy festive food


And, in the true spirit of the holidays, we are asking our neighbors to help those most in  need. In partnership with Carpenter’s Homeless Shelter, we ask you to please bring and  drop in the boxes at the tree lighting any of the following items:

·        Food – canned goods (soup, vegetables, canned meat)

·        Disposable diapers

·        New Twin Sheets

·        Towels and wash cloths

·        Deodorant/Razors

 Volunteers are needed December 6 at 2 pm to distribute the luminaries along Mt. Vernon Avenue, 5 pm to light them and at 10 pm to extinguish & pick them up.   

To help, contact Gayle Reuter at

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Sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association

Nov 30, 2013

Small-Business-Saturday-Christmas-ShoppingThere’s been talk of the Obama family getting out to do some holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday in the neighborhood. There are lots of places on the Avenue to scoop up great items for Sasha & Malia who are quickly growing before our eyes from adorable kids into beautiful young women! But what about the younger kids and babies on the Obama’s Christmas list? Well no need to fret POTUS! We’ve got you covered!

Del Ray VarietyDel Ray Variety will be celebrating Small Biz Saturday with some special treats for their customers. Fill your FREE “SHOP SMALL” reusable tote bag & receive 10% off EVERYTHING in your bag! (Limited to first 20 customers. Must ask for bag at front counter.) They will also have a rainbow loom kit giveaway! Receive one entry per person with any purchase, the drawing will be held at 8:30pm (don’t need to be present to win). Plus, browse 100’s of new holiday items – gifts, outdoor lights & décor, games & more and receive personal shopping advice on the best gifts.

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At The Purple Goose they will be offering all clothes on Sat. for 30% off! Purple Goose is an amazingly unique children’s boutique with the best fashions, accessories and toys for newborns through age 14.

Bellies & BabiesObama will probably sigh in agreement that alas his girls have outgrown Bellies and Babies Consignment Boutique but perhaps this is the perfect spot for friends and family members with newborns. This fantastic upscale consignment boutique also carries new popular retail baby items such as Ergo Baby Carriers, Alden & Anais Swaddlers and hand-made baby gifts. There’s always a terrific selection of consignment clothing for kids from newborn to around age five or six.

kiskadee2POTUS won’t want to miss Kiskadee for a great gift for Michelle. Their selection of boutique designer women’s clothing is amazing. But there are also some adorable gift items for kids that can be found upstairs! Kiskadee has been my neighborhood go to for the best fashions and accessories.

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My all time favorite gift buying spot in Del Ray is Show of Hands. Show of Hands showcases a diversity of local artists by providing them with a venue to showcase and sell their unique, handcrafted artwork. There’s something for everyone on your list including your Del Ray Baby!They will have their seasonal promotion “Spend $100 and get $10” cards. For every $100 spent in the shop they will give you a $10 gift certificate. The cards are available until December 31, but the great thing is the $10 gift certificates never expire.

Artfully ChocolateNot sure what to give? Chocolate is always the answer! My babies have loved picking up sweet treats from Artfully Chocolate as long as they can remember! Artfully Chocolate is the area’s first cocoa bar with a vibrant and colorful art gallery. They feature artisinal chocolates and sweet treats that everyone will savor.