Sunday Schedule

services are at 8:32 and 11 a.m.

The 8:32 worship is contemporary, while 11 a.m. is more traditional. On special occasions, the service schedule may vary. This is rare and will be listed in the Current Events section below the image grid of the front page.

sunday school is from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., main campus

Visit the Children's Ministries, youth's The Grid, and adult's Academy of Discipleship pages for details about classes.


Main campus

6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Call us at 703-256-8330 or email
Fax 703-914-8896.
Office hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AUMC Mission center

7901 Heritage Drive, Annandale, VA 22003

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Celebrating 50+ years of Educational Excellence!


Phone: 703-256-1100

Fax:  703-914-8896


Director:  Cherrie S. Welch


Asst. Director:  Michelle M. Shepard              Office Mgr:  Ann Marie Brown    




              Monthly Publications:
Click on box for Registration Information:

                                                                   Welcome to the AUMC Weekday Preschool!


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Principles and Objectives

The Weekday Preschool [WPS], established in 1960 by the Commission on Education of the Annandale United Methodist Church, is a non-profit and non-discriminatory program which is governed by the Weekday Child Development Committee. Our primary objective is to assist each child in developing into happy, healthy, self-confident individuals. Our program builds a strong foundation for academic education by encouraging self-motivated learning. We are committed to creating communities for children and families that:

  • provide a developmentally appropriate, stimulating, and creative curriculum
  • foster the development of language and early literacy
  • create opportunities to practice large and small motor skills
  • promote early math skills
  • develop an appreciation for music using rhythm, rhyme, pitch,  movement, and other important musical and early academic skills
  • expose children to a wide variety of artistic activities
  • explore a world of science, discovery, and experimentation
  • respect and accept people of all cultures, religions, abilities, genders, ages, and family structures
  • provide experiences which enhance each child's social, physical, intellectual, emotional and creative growth
  • offer a curriculum that is child-centered, open-ended, process oriented, and play-based
  • help children understand their own feelings and the feelings of others
  • allow children choices and decision-making opportunities
  • develop self-control and self-discipline
  • enhance positive growth, development, self-esteem, confidence, individuality, autonomy, and success

These goals are incorporated into the daily lesson plans through developmentally appropriate practices. All children are encouraged to progress at their own pace and according to individual needs and abilities. To read more about Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Eduication, click below:               





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  • Children are our future. Let us help them grow through: 
  • Communication ~ Critical Thinking ~ Problem Solving ~ Creativity
  • Values ~ Empathy ~ Good Citizenship ~ Leadership
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    Accreditation and Licensure
  • The Weekday Preschool is state licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, and is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC]. NAEYC accreditation is the mark of a high quality program and indicates that the program is continually striving to provide the best educational opportunities for your child.  For more information on the standards maintained by nationally accredited programs, click on the NAEYC box above or go to
  • The Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Programs received an excellent rating from NAEYC on their most recent site visit in February of 2016!  The 10 basic standards (listed below) were reviewed. Each standard is broken down into many criteria. The summation of the score total received for each standard is below:

        * Some scores include additional credit given for meeting “Emerging Criteria” that is not required, but is given extra credit if you can meet it.

        1. Relationships =  100%       2. Curriculum =  100%       3. Teaching =  100%       4. Assessment =  100%       5. Health =  100+*       6. Teachers =  100%        

       7. Families =  100+*       8.Community Relationships =  100+     9. Physical Environment =  100%      10. Leadership and Management =  100+*


....In addition to these scores, ALL classroom observations also scored 100% in all areas!!!


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  • The Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Program is proud to have been chosen twice as a top preschool by Northern Virginia Magazine in their last ratings of area preschools. To read more about the rankings, see the two links below:
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    The Teaching Strategies® System for Preschool

  • The Creative Curriculum for PreschooLERS

  • WPS teachers use the Fourth Edition of The Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers as a guideline for devising their lesson plans. The curriculum adheres to the theory that children learn best through play, and it offers a variety of hands-on learning activities and provides experiences for social interaction, inquiry, and skill development. The children explore a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities and materials daily through classroom interest centers which include art, writing, library, computer, science & discovery, blocks, tabletop manipulatives, music, listening center, sensory, and dramatic play. They enjoy additional enrichment in content areas such as math, language & literacy, sign language, music/creative movement/yoga, science & technology, cooking, and social studies. For more information on the Creative Curriculum, the Goals & Objectives, and the research behind this theory, click on the boxes below.
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  • Assessments and Parent Teacher Conferences
  • In conjunction with our curriculum, an ongoing assessment of children's individual development is key to planning appropriate classroom learning experiences and helping all children to succeed. Our teachers use Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment System, which is a comprehensive assessment tool based on the latest early childhood research that follows a child's unique development from birth through Kindergarten. This assessment system is fully aligned with the Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning as well as the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Children are formally assessed in Language, Cognitive, Physical, and Social-Emotional areas of development. Assessed skills and goals for their child are shared with parents through two written reports and two parent-teacher conferences throughout the school year.
  • Learn more about the GOLD Assessment System by clicking on it above.
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Learning Environments in the early childhood classroom are called Interest Areas, or Learning Centers.

Click on the box below to learn more about how children thrive and develop in each of these areas.


  • Every classroom maintains an age-appropriate child-to-staff ratio. There is a lead teacher and an assistant teacher in each class. In accordance with the policies of Fairfax County Public Schools, class assignments are determined by the age of the child on September 30 of the school year for which you are applying. 

           AFTERNOON CLASSES:  In addition to the regular 9:00-12:00 preschool classes, there are Extended Day, and Late Day class options.                                    Click here for more information on these class options.


  • Music - A Music Teacher meets weekly with all classes.
  • Science - A Science teacher meets regularly with the 3, 4, and 5 day classes.
  • Sign Language - A teacher brings "Bebo the Bear" to visit all classrooms weekly to sing songs and tell stories in sign language.
  • Yoga - Children attend monthly yoga exercise classes to learn deep breathing, stretching, and movement.
  • Cooking - Children have monthly opportunities to participate in cooking activities such as making applesauce, baking cookies/bread/muffins etc.  
  • Chapel - Preschoolers attend a children's Chapel time once a month which is respectful to all faiths and cultures.
  • Throughout the year, Enrichment Visitors come to the school. Children enjoy guests such as firefighters, puppeteers, storytellers, children's bands, doctors, dentists, jugglers, Under the Sea Show, Reptiles Alive Show, The Eric Energy Science Show, and a petting zoo with pony rides.  
  • The 4-year-old classes also take field trips throughout the year to places such as nature centers, parks, local businesses, and other points of interest. 
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  • WPS lead teachers are degreed, experienced, and meet national accreditation standards. Assistant teachers are degreed, have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, or are actively progressing towards obtaining one. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • Security checks are performed on each staff member. Hiring practices are non-discriminatory. Continuing education is required annually and opportunities are made available to all teachers. 


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All classrooms and playgrounds offer safety inspected and age-appropriate equipment which meet the standards of NAEYC and Virginia Licensing.

The classrooms are arranged in Interest Areas which enhance the learning opportunities in all developmental domains and on all levels of learning.

There are four playgrounds on campus with contain playground structures, equipment, and toys to accommodate varying ages of young children.

There are indoor play spaces which meet the daily gross motor needs of young children on inclement weather days. 

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  •  Classes for *3-year-old Students
  • Two mornings  ( Th-F )
  • Three mornings  ( M-T-W  or  **T-W-Th )
  • Four mornings  ( M-T-W-Th )
  • *Children must be 3-years-old by September 30 and independently toilet-trained.  Click here to view the WPS/ELP Toileting Policy.
  • **In order to register in the T-W-Th class, children are required to also be enrolled [and maintain enrollment] in Extended Day and/or Late Day classes.
  • Maximum class size is 14 children with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. 
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  • Classes for *4-Year-Old Students
  • Three mornings  ( T-W-Th )
  • Four mornings  ( T-W-Th-F )
  • Five mornings  ( M-T-W-Th-F )
  • *Children must be 4-years-old on or before September 30.
  • Maximum class size is 18 children with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.
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  • Extended Day, & Late Day Classes
  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays, the Weekday Preschool offers an EXTENDED DAY option until 2:30PM, and a LATE DAY option until 5:30PMParents may choose any configurations of those days and options to best fit their needs. To request enrollment in these classes, simply fill out the indicated portion of the Weekday Preschool application.
  • To find out more about the Early Drop-off, Extended Day, and Late Day classes, click here.
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                                             Click the box below for instructions on how to sign up for the WPS & ELP Parent Emergency Messaging System                            so that immediate weather closing information or other emergency information can be sent to your cell phone and/or email:

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  • Link for up-to-the- minute FCPS
  • Weather Closure Announcements:
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  • A mid-morning snack is provided to all children. An afternoon snack is provided to children who attend the Late Day classes. Snacks include at least two food group servings as determined by FDA guidelines. Click on the Quick Link at the top of this page to view the current snack menu.
  • Due to the high incidence and severity of peanut allergies, WPS is a peanut-free school. Snacks served are verified to contain no peanuts, peanut products, or to be prepared in a facility where peanut products were prepared. 
  • Accommodations and special provisions are made for all children with allergies or special dietary needs. 
  • For details on the Snack Policy and the Guidelines for Food Brought From Homeclick here. 
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  • Security measures and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all our children while at AUMC. An Emergency Prepardeness Plan [EPP] has been instituted and teachers are trained to cover all emergency situations. This plan, along with blueprints of the building which contains highlighted rooms where children are located, is on file with the Fairfax County Police Department [Mason District Office] as well as with the Annandale Fire Department. Regular evacuation drills are practiced to prepare children for fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, shelter-in-place, and lock-down procedures. Primary, secondary, and tertiary evacuation routes are rehearsed, and primary and secondary evacuation locations established. Click here for an overview of The Emergency Preparedness Plan. The full EPP is available for parent review upon request in the office.
  • The building remains locked during school hours. All parents are asked to enter through Entrance #2 where someone will be posted to monitor who enters the building during start times and dismissal times only. At all other times, it will be necessary to use the intercom to be screened and buzzed in from the office. A picture ID may be required for entry.
  • No child will be released to anyone other than the parent or a person who has been designated in writing on the required Child Release Form. The designee must present a government issued photo ID prior to taking the child.


  • Each year an opportunity is provided for parents to have safety identification cards made through Ident-a-Kid Services of America for their children which include the child's photograph, fingerprints, and other identifying information that could assist police in the event the child was lost or missing. Participation is an optional service provided by the school.
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2018-19 Applications for Admission are currently being accepted.


  • Directions to enter the building:
  • When you arrive, enter the main parking lot by the LED sign.
  • Then use the intercom at Entrance #2 to be buzzed into the building. The WPS/ELP Office (room 122) is downstairs.
  • There you will receive a visitor's badge and be directed to a conference room where your tour and information session will begin.
  • Open House usually lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.
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  • 2018-19 
  • + Monthly payments are based on an annual tuition fee, determined by the total number of days in the school year that the class meets. This annual tuition rate is           then split into ten even monthly payments which are charged September through June. 
  • + Tuition is due on your child's first class day of each month.
  • + Tuition is considered late on the 15th of each month, and will be assessed a $25 late fee.

            + The first tuition payment made upon enrollment serves as the security deposit, and is applied as the June 2018 tuition payment.

            + There is no refund of the tuition security deposit in the case of withdrawal for children, regardless of the date of enrollment, after July 1st.

            + Changes  to enrollment status (reducing days, dropping Extended/Late Day classes, etc.) will not be credited to tuition account after July 1st,                                                         regardless of the date of enrollment.

               Registration Fee =  $135 per child

  • The registration fee is payable upon class placement and is non-refundable.
  • This fee also covers the Extended Day and Late Day classes.

              Activity/Materials Fee = $76  per child

             The Activity/Materials Fee is due by May 30th, or 30 days from the time of Registration, and is refundable up until July 1st.  

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  •       A wait list is maintained for all classes and is accommodated throughout the school year as
  •       classroom space becomes available. A new wait list begins at registration time each year.


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  • Each month, the Director publishes a newsletter, called The Parent Connection, which informs families of upcoming school activities as well as community and AUMC events. View the most recent newsletter by clicking on the Quick Link at the top of this pag
  •   At the beginning of each month, WPS publishes a Parent Calendar, highlighting events of the coming month. You may use the Quick Link at the top of this page to view the current month's Parent Calendar.
  •   Each year, Families are issued a Parent Handbook which explains the obligations and expectations on both the part of the parent and the school. states the policies, procedures, and other school information. Upon reading, the parent is asked sign and return the last page. We suggest that it be kept in an easily accessible location to be used as a source of reference throughout the school year.

  •     WPS supports our families in a variety of ways to facilitate effective parenting by providing numerous educational opportunities throughout the school year. One way we do this is through morning and evening Parent Coffees with speakers on topics of interest to families with young children. To view an example of the subjects presented at Parent Coffees, click here. Call the office for details on our next Parent Coffee.
  •    Another resource offered to parents to help support them at home with creative ideas and solutions to issues they face everyday with young children is a publication called Helping Children Learn. This monthly newsletter is published by The Parent Institute and sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools. Use the link above to view the current issue. 

               In conjunction with Fairfax County Office for Children and Family Services, Fairfax County Public Schools [FCPS] offers many services to               our preschool children who have special needs or needs. There is a Parent Resource Center available to you to help guide you and offer support, helpful               resources, related links, and other information to help you get the assistance your child needs. Click on the box above to direct you to the FCPS Parent                 Support Resource Guide to get started. You may also see the Director for more assistance.






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Join us as we celebrate

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Click above for details! 

April 8-12, 2019




  • Click on box for details on how to link your purchases to our school:      


  • AUMC WPS & ELP are proud to be part of Harris Teeter's Together in Education program to help raise funds for our school. It's easy and it's FREE. Simply give the cashier our code 1481 during checkout and your account will be linked for the entire school year. Once your card is linked, AUMC will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, Premier Selection, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Your Pet, Hunter Farms, Highland Crest, and More Value) purchases credited back to our account. This program does not interfere with your VIC Savings or cost you any money.



     Box Tops  for Education 
  • You can help earn money for our school with products you already buy every time you go shopping!
  • Many General Mills products such as Cheerios, Ziploc, Kleenex, and many other common products that you
  • buy on a regular basis are part of the Box Tops for Education program, in which our school participates.

    Participation in the programs is easy!

  •                                          1. Clip the Box Top labels from General Mills products you buy or already have in your pantry.
  •                                          2. Bring them to school and drop them in the designated collection bins by Entrance #2 or in the office.
  • It's just that simple! We collect them throughout the entire year.
  • Box Tops are redeemable for 10¢ each.  It adds up quickly when we all take part.
  • Click below for a listing of participating products which display box top labels:        
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  • Don't miss the next
  • November 10, 2018
  • Great selections of toys, books, clothing, furniture, bikes, outdoor equipment,
  • strollers, car seats, infant needs, maternity wear, and much, much more!
  • No more consigning items!
  • No more Tagging or Consignor Agreements!
  • Just bring your items and set your prices on site! 
  • We will be renting tables and racks for families to sell their goods.
  • There will also be Bake Sale at the event!
  • Charities will be available at the end of the sale to donate unsold items if desired.   
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  • A packet of required forms is given upon enrollment.
  • If parents misplace forms, or need an additional form, they may download a printable version:
  • WPS Application for Admission 
  • Permission for Emergency Care                 
  • Emergency Info Card                              
  • Dismissal Release Form                              
  • Topical Medicine Authorization                     
  • Authorization for Photography                       
  • Volunteer Form                                        
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