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ALIVE! Child Development Center

A Virginia Star Quality Initiative Program
A Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Program
Accredited by the National Association for the
Education of Young Children

CDC Earns QRIS 4-Star Rating Again

Of the 295 preschool programs in the commonwealth of Virginia that are currently rated, none received a 5-star rating, the top rating possible. There were just three 4-star programs with point totals higher than ours (which was 145 of 170 possible), while two other programs received the same number of points as we did. That translates to only 2 percent of rated programs that scored as well or better than the ALIVE! Child Development Center. We're very proud of our quality program.

CDC Earns NAEYC Accreditation

ALIVE!'s Child Development Center, a full-day preschool program serving children of low-income working parents, is proud to be one of the 8% of preschool programs nationwide to have earned NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children) accreditation—the mark of quality for early childhood education programs.

NAEYC evaluates each program in ten standard areas. The ALIVE! CDC scored 100% in six of these standards: relationships, health, teachers, families, community relationships, and leadership and management. Three of those six were scored 100% Plus, meaning the CDC exceeded the NAEYC expectation of excellence.

Philosophy

We believe that children learn best in a loving and nurturing environment through a developmentally appropriate program that encompasses the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language, and creative growth of each child. While developing self-help skills and individually-determined learning objectives, as well as celebrating cultural diversity, each child has the opportunity to experience success that helps build a positive self-esteem. We are dedicated to providing positive learning experiences for our children through active exploration of their world while maintaining a safe, healthy, and appropriate environment.

Services

  • Full-day, year-round early education and care
  • Hours: 6:45 AM until 5:45 PM, Monday through Friday
    (closed on federal holidays and staff professional development days)
  • Monthly Parent Circle meetings that include dinner and childcare
  • Field trips to Cox Farms, National Zoo, and Museum of Natural History
  • Special events such as a multicultural festival, family Christmas party, and spring fling

Educational Program

  • Constructed from components of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and High Scope
  • Includes Al’s Pals: Making Healthy Choices, an award-winning social skills curriculum
  • Incorporates R is for Rainbow, a multisensory letter and beginning sound recognition curriculum
  • Uses elements of Handwriting without Tears, a playful, developmentally appropriate way for children to develop essential writing skills
  • Strong emphasis on developing early literacy skills, including phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, print-orientation and book-handling skills, word awareness, name writing, and a sense of story structure
  • Strong emphasis on developing math and science skills, including one-to-one correspondence, counting, sets and classifying, comparison, shape and space, parts and wholes, ordering and patterning, measurement, graphing, inferring, and predicting
  • Twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences to share important information about each child’s growth, development, and learning

Health and Nutrition

  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack served daily
  • Participation in the the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program, which is administered through the Virginia Department of Health
  • Implementation of the Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy program that uses color, music, and sensory exploration to teach young children and their families that healthy eating and physical activity are both fun and good for you!
  • Two hours of scheduled rest time daily, from 1:00 until 3:00 PM
  • Two periods of large motor activity scheduled daily, either inside or outside (weather permitting)
  • Yearly vision, health, and dental screenings for each child, with follow-up referrals as needed

Assessment and Monitoring of Children’s Progress

  • Developmental screening by a licensed psychologist of each child within three months of initial enrollment, with referral to city school systems Child Find office, as needed
  • PALS-Pre-K literacy screening in fall and spring of all four-year-old children to assess strengths and needs
  • Ongoing observation of each child using High Scope’s Child Observation Record, maintained in an anecdotal format and used to plan appropriate learning activities
  • Preschool-Kindergarten Behavior Scales, a checklist completed for each child both in fall and spring to monitor social and emotional development
  • Informal math and science concept assessment conducted twice yearly for each child

Staff Qualifications

Ongoing professional development is a requirement for continued employment at the ALIVE! Child Development Center. Our director holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and a master of education degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She has been an early childhood teacher for 16 years and formerly served as a child development director and a training and curriculum specialist for the U.S. Air Force. In addition, she was an adjunct instructor for Central Texas College, teaching early childhood development courses in the Associate in Applied Sciences degree program. Our family support worker holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

Each classroom has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher along with support staff. Lead teachers have either completed an associate’s degree in early childhood or have earned more than half of the college credits needed for this degree, and are actively pursuing completion of the degree. Assistant teachers have either a current child development associate credential with the Preschool Endorsement or have earned a minimum of 12 college credits in early childhood education, and are actively pursuing an associate’s degree. All staff are currently certified in pediatric first aid, including rescue breathing, and have completed all training required by the commonwealth of Virginia.

Eligibility

To qualify for ALIVE’s sliding fee scale,

  • Families must reside within the city of Alexandria (not Fairfax County)
  • Parents must be employed a minimum of 30 hours per week (Monday through Friday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM)
  • Families must first be screened by the city of Alexandria to determine eligibility for the center-based Child Care Fee Subsidy Program
  • Families who do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for the sliding fee scale and can be enrolled on a space-available basis
  • Children must be between two years-six months (30 months) and five years of age and be completely potty-trained (no diapers or pull-ups)

Registration and Fees

  • Our waiting list is maintained in the CDC office; please call 703-548-9255.
  • A tour of our program can be arranged by calling our office.
  • When space is available, parent will be called to pick up an enrollment packet.
  • The enrollment packet must be completed prior to orientation.
  • Family orientation (which includes your child visiting in his/her new classroom) must be completed and initial tuition fee paid prior to first day of attendance.
  • Fees for the 2011–12 school year range from $64 to $215 per week, depending on the number of persons and total household income.

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ALIVE! Child Development Center
2723 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
703-548-9255