St. John Neumann Catholic Preschool
Kathy Dallessandro, Director
Anne Hanover, Assistant Director
Mission and Philosophy
The role of the St. John Neumann Preschool is to serve as a ministry to the Parish Community by working closely with families to build strong connections to their faith and church community. The St. John Neumann Preschool operates under the direction of the Arlington Diocese Office of Catholic Schools. It follows the Virginia Catholic Education Association’s guidelines for Early Education Programs, and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. We provide a loving and nurturing environment in which Catholic values are taught and integrated into the daily life of our young students. We strive to help form and develop each individual’s God given gifts by providing a developmentally appropriate, Christ centered environment, where children learn through play and interaction with peers and teachers.
A Catholic early childhood program develops a love of Jesus
and knowledge of the presence of God in the lives of the
children it serves. Within a Christian community they
learn to appreciate and act on the values of kindness, love,
joy and concern. A growing and learning experience is provided
in a Christian community – beginning with the home and
extending to the school – which helps the children relate
positively to the world around them.
Virginia Catholic Education Association Childhood Philosophy
Teachers provide daily schedules based upon planned themes, which will include child-guided and teacher-guided experiences. Play is encouraged, as all forms of play promote cognitive, social, and emotional opportunities to learn. Early literacy and early mathematics materials are used in all classrooms. Age appropriate elements of religious education are incorporated into the monthly themes. All classes attend chapel time monthly. The Preschool follows curriculum guidelines provided by the Arlington Diocese Office of Catholic Schools.
Optional Lunch Bunch is offered from 12:15 to 1:30, on most of the days that the preschool is open. The cost is $10.00 per session.
Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice per year, and our teachers and director are available to speak with parents throughout the school year as needed.
Health and Safety
The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Fairfax County Health Department require that health forms with current immunizations be submitted to the preschool at the beginning of each school year.
Students enrolled in the Tuesday/Thursday 2 ½ and 3 year old combined class do not need to be fully potty trained. Students in all other classes must be fully potty trained.
3 Year Olds
Eligibility: Children must be 3 by 9/30
Time: 9:15 to 12:15
Monthly Tuition: $295.00
4 Year Olds – Pre-K
Eligibility: Children must be 4 by 9/30
Days: Monday through Friday
Time: 9:15 to 12:15
Monthly Tuition: $425.00
A $100 registration fee is due at the time of enrollment. There are 9 monthly tuition payments. The first payment is due May 1. The remaining 8 payments are due the first of each month, September through April.