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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.

Preschool enrollment for 2017–18 is now open!

The ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) is accepting applications for the 2017–2018 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 in the city of Alexandria. 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 work or attending school full-time to quality for assistance. We are a Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) center.

The program is operated year-round from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday–Friday. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m.–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

Download the enrollment flyer in English, Spanish, or Amharic.

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.

Eligibility

  • 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
703-548-9255