"Let the little children come to Me . . . for of such is the kingdom of God ."
The mission of Arcola Christian Preschool is to provide a loving Christian environment where each child's spiritual, social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs are met.
We believe that what is best for the child should come first in every decision that we make. Our decisions in this "child-centered" preschool are based on age- and developmentally-appropriate understandings.
We believe that all children can learn and that this learning should use the child's natural gift of language. Therefore, we will help the child learn about his/her world through many and varied learning experiences that are both play- and language-based. These learning experiences will enrich the child's world in the areas of oral and written language; science; math; and social studies.
Questions? Contact Barbara Ladany @ 703-327-7878 x 222 or
Arcola Christian Preschool will continue to operate with limited capacity until the pandemic restrictions have been lifted by the Department of Social Services.
Priority for registration will be given to children currently enrolled and those who were originally enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration information and forms for this Priority group are only available through an email that will be sent by Monday, January 4, 2021. Priority group registration applications & fees must be received by noon on Friday, January 15, 2021.
We will begin accepting applications for our remaining openings on January 25, 2021. To be considered for placement, applications must be received by noon on February 5, 2020. (We are not responsible for delays in mail service.)
Click here for the 2021-2022 Registration Information and Form.
Due to pandemic restrictions, we are currently unable to offer tours. If you are interested in viewing photos of our preschool, please email our director at for a link to the photos which will be available by January 8, 2021.
10 GREAT reasons to choose Arcola Christian Preschool for your child . . .
1. Your child's safety and security is very important to us.
2. Children are immersed in a positive Christian environment where they learn about God's love.
3. All age groups will have the opportunity to attend story time with our Pastor.
4. Teachers understand child development and plan age- and developmentally-appropriate lessons that enhance social, emotional, intellectual, large motor, small motor, and language development.
5. Your child will learn in small groups with a 2:10-14 ratio.
6. Your child will use his/her language as a natural learning tool.
7. We understand that parents are partners who play a vital role in the education of their children.
8. Teachers use many resources as they immerse children in a large variety of learning experiences.
9. There is a carline to make drop-off and pick-up easier.
10. Children are loved!
"Last week when Corbin got home from school one day, he asked me what Lyla and I did while he was at school. I told him and then he said, 'Why does Lyla get to stay home with you and I have to go to school?' Then he stopped mid sentence and said, 'But, actually, that's okay, because my teachers are just like my mommy because they take such good care of me.' :-) He loves his teachers! Thank you for all you do!" -Stephanie Reichlen
"We have been so happy with ACP and we are very sad to say good-bye as Brandon enters kindergarten. So much of what he has learned in the past 2 years is because of the wonderful experience that he had at Arcola." -Michelle Chin
"I have been so happy with the staff. They are wonderful, caring individuals. I could not ask for better people to care for my children. I love, love this school. This is the 3rd year we've attended. My child comes home so excited and raves about her teachers. She uses examples (educational and practical) all the time of what her teacher said or did. She has grown both socially and intellectually. Thank you Arcola Preschool. I recommend the school to all my fellow moms." -Kathleen Byrd
"Both Reece and Caroline love ACP. God's love is evident at ACP and it shows in their smiling faces when they come. Thank you for being such an important part of their growing faith." -Christine Caton
"We have been so pleased with Jack's progress since starting ACP in November. Thank you for all of your hard work and care! Looking forward to next year!!" -Melissa Allard
"There is a wonderful emphasis placed on the children - not only expressing themselves, but feeling cared for and, in turn, caring for their friends and teachers. We have had a wonderful experience here." -Anne Brinker
"Love how teachers incorporate sensory learning in the classroom. Emmy gets up on Tuesday and Thursday and says 'I'm excited to go to school.' This has been a great first exposure to school for Emmy. I love that she loves school. I know a big part of her positive attitude is due to the environment and her teachers. Thank you!" -Heather Andberg
"Great job trying to challenge my son with new, harder things! Not knowing what to expect for my son's first year of preschool, I couldn't be more pleased. The staff is fantastic. My son has learned so much & doesn't even realize it because he's having so much fun. He looks forward to going to school." -Becky Skolarus
"Arcola Christian Preschool has been a valuable experience for our daughter. She looks forward to it every school day. It has been a blessing to us in so many ways! We know she is in good hands at Arcola." -Matthew Dunn
"We truly have been blessed by finding this preschool. Our daughter just adores her teachers and feels so comfortable in the facility. The whole staff always take such good care of her. We will definitely be sending our other children there as they come of age. Many thanks for teaching and loving my daughter, we really appreciate it." -Marion and Kevin Monaghan
Additional Parent Resources during Coronavirus closure:
ACP Preschool Fun at Home #1
ACP Preschool Fun at Home #2
ACP Preschool Fun at Home #3
ACP Preschool Fun at Home #4
Listen, Talk, Answer - Support Your Child's Learning
Home Sorting Ideas
Everyone Can Be a Storyteller
The Arcola Christian Preschool staff come from a variety of backgrounds. All of our teachers have at least a four year college degree - most in elementary or early childhood education or a related field. Some of our teachers came to teaching as a second career, but have taught preschool for a number of years. Our teaching assistants all have previous experience working with children. We provide onsite training for the staff at the beginning of the school year and have a wonderful support system of education professionals within our church. Our staff members work as a team to plan and implement the curriculum throughout the school year.
All positions have been filled for the 2020-2021 school year.
The staff of Arcola Christian preschool enjoys sharing their love of God with the precious children who attend our preschool. We work together as a team to provide a variety of learning opportunities for our students while teaching them about God's love. If you are interested in joining our team, click on the appropriate information below.