Welcome to Mount Olivet Preschool. We believe that our developmental philosophy allows us to provide children in the community with stimulating experiences consistent with the best principles and purposes of early childhood education.
We do this in a safe, loving, and Christian environment with qualified and experienced teachers and staff. Our low teacher/child ratios and our teaching team approach enable us to nurture each child as an individual.
We strive to prepare all children for the next step in their preschool or elementary school experience and to provide them with the skills they need to live happily and cooperatively in the larger world outside the home. We work to ensure a close partnership with parents at all times.
Ages: 18 months - 5 years
*Children are placed as of their age on September 30.
School Day: 9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
First Day of School: Monday, September 13, 2021
Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
*Children are placed as of their age on September 30.
Toddler classes | Children 18 months - 2.5 Years
Meets either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday
Twos classes | Children 2.5+ years by September 30
Meets either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday
Meets either five days per week or Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Meets either M/W/F or five days per week
Meets five days per week
This class is a wonderful pre-kindergarten option for children whose parents choose to give the gift of time for one year before starting Kindergarten. All students in this class must be 5 years old by September 30 and have attended a four-year program. With a small class size of 10 – 12 students, our curriculum offers a balance between giving children an opportunity to learn through play and exploration and offering them more structured learning experiences to prepare them for the academic challenges of kindergarten. We try to provide children with tools in pre-reading, writing, and mathematics while at the same time help them develop the social and emotional skills needed to make the transition to kindergarten a smooth one.
Organization & Staffing
MOPS teachers are experienced and trained on early childhood development principles and early education best practices. Every teacher hired meets Virginia’s education and experience requirements for early childcare educators. Each year, MOPS teachers and staff acquire at least 16 hours of early childcare training through classroom or online instruction. Additionally, each teacher is First Aid/CPR certified and has passed the Virginia Mandated Reporter training annually and Virginia’s 10 Hour Pre Service training prior to employment.
Each classroom has a degreed Lead Teacher, guiding curriculum and daily activities, as well as qualified Assistant Teachers as needed to maintain appropriate student-teacher ratios. MOPS strives to surpass Virginia’s required child:teacher ratios:
Infant/Toddlers Program: 4:1 ratio
2-year-old Program: 5:1 ratio
3-year-old Program: 8:1 ratio
4-year-old Program: 8:1 ratio
5-year-old Program: 7:1 ratio
All faculty report to the Preschool Director, who oversees preschool operations, enrollment, and special events throughout the school year. The Assistant Director manages the day-to-day activities, student attendance, and student records. The Preschool Director is supported by a Preschool Committee, which includes the Mount Olivet UMC Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, the Parents Group Board president, parent representatives, and two MOPS teachers.
Our Learning Style
Mount Olivet Weekday Preschool offers children a progression of knowledge and skills at an age-appropriate level in the following areas:
Physical well-being and fine and gross motor development through movement and coordination games and activities. Children participate in outdoor free play on our playground (weather permitting) or indoor play in the Fellowship Hall. Older children walk to the playground at Woodlawn Park as well. To promote the development of fine motor skills, we give children an opportunity to use a wide range of manipulatives and practice self-help skills.
Social and emotional development through Individual and group social situations that include story time, sharing, small group play, one-on-one meaningful work with classroom teachers, and cooperative play with classmates. These activities help children practice skills such as taking turns, learning to be a good friend, and expressing feelings in a healthy way.
Art and music appreciation through exposure and a creative process approach. Children are introduced to different visual art media, provided opportunities to create and express themselves (even if getting messy is part of the process!), and encouraged to display their projects. Children are exposed to different kinds of music through listening, singing songs, and using rhythm instruments. Many classes participate monthly in a music and movement class as well.
Cognitive development through activities that foster the growth of children’s thinking abilities. This includes areas such as concept development, symbolic thought, memory, categorization, reasoning, and problem-solving. Age-appropriate math and science skills are introduced. Classrooms are set up to stimulate and facilitate the pretend play that is so important to a child’s cognitive, social, and language development.
Language development through supporting and modeling effective communication, both talking and listening, and through the teaching of age-appropriate literacy skills in reading and writing. In a print-rich environment, children participate in making up stories, rhyming and other kinds of word play, and games and activities that require listening to and following directions.
Spiritual development through creating an atmosphere of love and acceptance of each child as a unique individual created by God. We encourage children to develop a sense of love, hope, and trust in God through daily prayers at meal time, occasional age-appropriate Bible-based stories and songs, and for our older children, monthly chapel time in the church sanctuary.
Enrichment Classes offering a variety of learning experiences taught by teachers from outside the program specialized in these areas. Examples include: Science Wonders, Music and Movement, and for our 5-day 5s, Spanish. The Threes, Fours, and Fives have at least three off-site field trips each year; the Fives have additional opportunities for field trips. Parents are encouraged to join their children on these trips, space permitting.
Daily Schedules vary by age and by class. Teachers post class schedules in the classroom and also provide monthly lesson plans. All classes spend at least 40 to 60 minutes daily playing outdoors on the playground or indoors in the Fellowship Hall. The school provides children with a mid-morning snack; children bring their lunch from home and eat it “family style” in the classroom. Children and teachers say grace before meals.
MOPS has annual tuition, based on the 40-week school year. Therefore, no adjustments are made for vacation, holidays, school closings, days missed, or shortened days. Annual tuition is divided into a non-fundable Down Payment due upon accepting the offer plus nine equal payments from September to May, due on the tenth of each month. Detailed procedures are on the Financial Agreement Form, also due upon accepting the offer.
Two Day Toddlers + 2s
Annual Tuition: $3,660 10-Payment Plan: $366 Down Payment: $366
Three Day Toddlers + 2s
Annual Tuition: $4,580 10-Payment Plan: $458 Down Payment: $458
Two Day 3s
Annual Tuition: $3,850 10-Payment Plan: $385 Down Payment: $385
Annual Tuition: $4,750 10-Payment Plan: $475 Down Payment: $475
Five Day 3s
Annual Tuition: $5,790 10-Payment Plan: $579 Down Payment: $579
Annual Tuition: $5,150 10-Payment Plan: $515 Down Payment: $515
Five Day 4s
Annual Tuition: $5,980 10-Payment Plan: $598 Down Payment: $598
Five Day 5s
Annual Tuition: $6,560 10-Payment Plan: $656 Down Payment: $656
Partial tuition scholarships are available based on need; please contact Alexis Joyce | Preschool Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Preschool has a very active Parents’ Group that works closely with the Preschool Director. This is a great way for parents to support the preschool. Opportunities include fundraising, outreach activities, educational seminars, social events, room parenting, and substitute teaching.
Will there be daily temperature checks before entrance?
No. Please check your child's temperature at home prior and complete the daily health check through HiMAMA prior to coming to school.
Will parents be allowed in the building for pick up and drop off?
Only one (1) adult (after daily health check with child), wearing a face mask, will be permitted in the building.
Will the 15th Street Circle be used as a drop-zone?
We will have several drop-off areas in order to do the health checks quickly and efficiently, located near the parking lot and the 15th Street Circle.
Who will be required to wear masks?
All staff and adults entering the indoor preschool areas are required to wear face masks.
As of March 14, 2022, masking became optional for all children. Masking will be required at school if the community levels in Arlington County are high. MOPS uses the CDC's COIVD-19 Community Check for determining mask requirements.
Class Sizes and Ratios
Are the class sizes different?
Since MOPS is dedicated to lower class sizes and better teacher-student ratios that is required by Virginia DSS during COVID, we did not have to adjust our class sizes.
What are the class sizes and ratios for the 2021-2022 school year?
At this time, MOPS has the following class sizes and ratios:
Toddler/Young 2s classes = 10 children max with 2 teachers and a floater available if needed
2s classes = 13 children max with 3 teachers
3s classes = 15 children max with 2 teachers and a floater available if needed
3 Day 4s class = 12 children max with 2 teachers and a floater available if needed
5 Day 4s class = 16 children max with 2 teachers and a floater available if needed
5s class = 12-14 children max with 2 teachers and a floater available if needed (2 classrooms are available for this group if needed)
Free Play, Playground, Outside Classes
What emphasis will be placed on more outdoor play, air purifiers, and opening windows?
We are increasing outside time as much as possible – having the extra fenced-in areas will help with that. The preschool utilizes a combination of air purifiers and open windows to increase fresh air.
How many classes will be allowed on the playground at once?
We have three (3) fenced-in areas so the numbers of groups will increase to allow for more outside time for instruction and play.
Will we still use the Fellowship Hall (“running room”)?
Yes. As long as cleaning of toys occurs between groups in accordance with VADSS regulations.
Snack and Lunch
How will lunch and snack be handled?
Families will continue to bring their healthy, peanut-free/tree-nut free lunch, as well as a snack. Items must be cut so the children can pick up and eat the food with minimal teacher intervention.
Water must also be in a thermos with the child’s name. We will only provide small water bottles to supplement when needed.
Classrooms will have more tables and/or mats for floor picnics to increase space between children or lunch will be eaten outside.
At this time, only pre-packed, ‘school-safe’ foods will be accepted for birthday and other classroom celebrations.
Arlington Department of Health Required Closures
If a positive case of COVID-19 occurs, will the entire preschool shut down for 2 weeks, or just infected class?
No. All close contacts who remain symptom free may return to school immediately under the Test to Stay policy.
How will COVID-19 cleaning occur?
Mount Olivet has hired a new cleaning company that is certified/trained for cleaning large, shared spaces for daily use and COVID-19. Each classroom and shared space that is used within the building will be cleaned that night.
Faculty will clean tables and shared toys/activities periodically throughout the day in compliance with guidance from the Arlington Health Department, the Virginia Department of Social Services, and the Center for Disease Control.
Additionally, all will wash hands according to CDC guidance, when entering the building, before/after meals, before/after sensory/visual art activities, and periodically throughout the day as needed.
Will there be an opportunity for teachers to get vaccines?
All Mount Olivet Preschool staff are fully vaccinated.
Church and preschool administrators, the Preschool Committee and the Church Trustees are working together to make Mount Olivet staff, faculty, students and families as safe as possible during this unusual circumstance.
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