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ALIVE! Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is one of the programs of ALIVE!, providing preschool for Alexandria's working families with tuition fees based on family income.

Now Enrolling 3- & 4-Year Olds for the 2019–2020 School Year!

Spaces are still available for 3- & 4-year olds! The ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) is accepting applications for the 2019–2020 school year. Please contact Ms. Moore at smoore@alive-inc.org or 703-548-9255.

The ALIVE! CDC is a full-day, year-round nationally accredited early education and child care program for 3- to 5-year-olds living within the city limits of Alexandria. We maintain year-round enrollment based on openings in our 3- and 4-year-old classrooms. The program is operated year-round from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday–Friday.

We provide tuition assistance on a sliding-fee scale based upon family income and size. Parents and/or guardians must be working at least 30 hours per week or attending educational or job-related training or school to quality for assistance.

We are a Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Center for 4-year-old children with prekindergarten early learning curriculum based upon the Virginia Early Learning Foundations.

Our office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please stop by or call our offices at 703-548-9255 for more information.

ALIVE! Child Development Center
2723 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Three children reading a picture book together at ALIVE! CDC

Our Philosophy

  • Founded in 1972, ALIVE! Child Development Center's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable early care and education to children in Alexandria's low-income working families. Together with our families, we strive to ensure that each child is well-prepared to begin kindergarten.
  • We believe 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.
  • Each child has the opportunity to experience success that helps build positive self-esteem while developing self-help skills and meeting individually- determined learning objectives.
  • 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.

Educational Program

  • Developmentally appropriate program focused on building a firm foundation in language and literacy, math and science, and social and emotional skills
  • Additional emphasis placed on health, safety, and nutrition
  • Ongoing monitoring and assessment of child's progress

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Children may choose from art, music, library, computers, science, writing, blocks, dramatic play, and sand and water table activities.
  • "Al's Pals" puppet program reinforces children's social skills.
  • Community members regularly read stories in each classroom.
  • Field trips, special events, and guests build on children's interests.

Staff and Facilities

  • In each classroom, an experienced and nurturing lead teacher and an assistant teacher provide education and care.
  • All staff participate in ongoing training and professional development.
  • Multiple learning and activity centers in each classroom with child-friendly computers
  • Large, fenced playground

Health, Nutrition, and Screenings

  • Vision, hearing, and dental screenings yearly.
  • Nutritional breakfast, lunch, and snack served, following USDA Child and Adult Care Program guidelines.
  • Developmental screening administered within three months of enrollment, as well as ongoing evaluations, and assessments.
  • Referrals to speech, language, and hearing specialists.

Family Support Program

  • On-site family support worker with a master's degree in social work.
  • Monthly Parents' Circle meetings.
  • Referrals provided for community resources, such as housing, employment, educational development, parenting, and other issues.
  • Social skills groups and play therapy.
  • Counseling and home visits provided for support and referrals for assistance.
  • Children riding in a cart at ALIVE! CDC

Status and Accreditation

  • Awarded a 4-star rating by the Virginia Star Quality Initiative.
  • Reaccredited for a five-year term in the fall of 2015 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), meeting or exceeding all of their standards.
  • Fully licensed and inspected.

Hours and Services

  • Open year-round, 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday–Friday except federal holidays and staff professional development days.
  • Twice-yearly parent teacher conferences to share information on child growth, development and learning.
  • Monthly Parent Circle meetings include dinner and childcare.


  • Open to children ages 3 through 5 years of age (prekindergarten).
  • ALIVE! celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, or disability.
  • Priority is given to parents who work full-time or are in a job training program or going to school 30 hours or more per week.
  • Families must live or work in the city of Alexandria.

Registration and Fees

  • Orientation for child and parents required before enrollment.
  • Fees based on family income and size.
  • Tuition assistance available. To qualify, parents must provide verification of income and child care subsidy application.
Children riding in a cart at ALIVE! CDC

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A Virginia Preschool Initiative Center

ALIVE! Child Development Center
2723 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302