TrinITY Preschool is Now Enrolling for the 2019-20 School YEar

Trinity Preschool of McLean has been part of the McLean community for over 30 years. We are a small, non-denominational school that strives to maintain a close relationship with the families we serve. Trinity Preschool encourages learning through imaginative play in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Read what parents have said about Trinity Preschool at the bottom of this page. Call the school directly at 703-790-2767 to learn more. Preschool registration materials and fee schedules can be found below. Registration is open to returning families and church members.

our curriculum

At Trinity Preschool, our children explore the world around them by participating in a variety of experiences including art, music, French, dramatic play, cooking and field trips. Students have daily play time in an outdoor, fenced playground. Our French teacher visits each classroom three days a week to read stories and sing songs in French. The children learn to work and play cooperatively within a group. The values taught in the classroom are reinforced by the inclusion of a daily lunchtime blessing as well as weekly chapel time. Our teachers are chosen not only for their early childhood experience but also for their warmth and caring. They regularly participate in professional development classes and workshops. All of our teachers are First Aid, CPR and MAT (Medication Administration Training) certified.

Our CLasses

The Penguin Class is for children 2 1/2 - 3 years.

Meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Eligibility: Children must be 2 years old by March 31. This class is for younger children and is usually a child's first preschool experience. Children in this class do not need to be potty trained.

Class size: Two teachers with 12-13 children.

The Manatee Class is for children 3-4 years old.

Meets Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Eligibility: This class is for children who turned 3 by September 30 and are potty trained. (No exceptions)

Class size: Two teachers with 14-15 children.

The Panda Pre-K Class is for children 4 - 5 years.

Meets Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Eligibility:- This class is for children who are 4 years old by September 30 and use the toilet independently. (No exceptions)

Class size: Two teachers with 16-17 children.

Our philosophy

The people of Trinity United Methodist Church recognize and strive to meet the needs of McLean families with young children. Trinity Preschool is an outreach ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church, but the Preschool is non-denominational. Our mission is to help children grow, support families, and to serve our community.

At Trinity Preschool, we believe that every child is a unique and special individual with unique and special abilities and needs. Our goal is to help each child develop to his or her fullest potential. We believe that each child can experience the joy of learning and grow at his or her own pace.

To learn more about our preschool program, please call Director Janine Whitfield at 703-790-2767 to arrange a personal tour.

Registration Materials

Registration Application (includes fee schedules)

VA Health Form

Family Information Form

Emergency Form

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Dear Miss Janine,

In February, I brought you a child struggling with transitions, craving knowledge and friendships. Enrolling her in your class was simply the best choice we could have made for Siobhan. She has flourished and loved every minute. She has thrived. In such a short period of time, she has learned letter sounds and days of the week but to hear Siobhan talk about school, she will tell you that she sings songs, paints and plays with her friends. I am most impressed with the subtle method you incorporated educational tasks into activities the children love. Every activity has a purpose. Successful people make their hard work appear easy. Janine, your success is my child’s success. While Siobhan and I both are sad that her classroom time with you is coming to an end, I am profoundly grateful for your stabilizing, consistent, loving presence. You will truly be missed.



Katie Randalls

Since 2014, both of my kids have been fortunate to attend Trinity Preschool. All of the staff is fantastic and created a fun, welcoming environment to prepare our children for a lifetime of learning. Both Ms. Janine and Ms. Delphine have made lasting, positive impacts on our lives. My daughter, now in Kindergarten, still takes French lessons with Ms. Delphine. On a play date with a work colleague a few weeks ago, she got to "test" her French with a young, native speaker. I was so impressed with her ability to communicate small things with her French speaking peer. Thank you Ms. Delphine! We also owe a huge thanks to Ms. Janine and the staff at Trinity for help with my son. He showed some early signs of fine motor delays and Ms. Janine was a huge help in walking us through the process to get additional services and creating a learning environment that would benefit his needs. He has improved so much with the help of all the staff at Trinity and benefited from their loving, positive approach. Thank you Trinity Preschool! I'm confident that because of your guidance my kids will be off to a great start in elementary school.

Whitney Stanko

Preschool Parent

Trinity Preschool has been a place of joy and growth for our daughter. The nurturing environment and loving teachers have instilled in our child an innate sense of confidence and trust in teachers. We see this played out at church, sports lessons, and camps as she quickly adheres to instruction from various leaders. We've watched her grow from a toddler into an experienced student ready to learn. We feel confident our child will enter kindergarten reading and writing at an age appropriate level. One of our favorite aspects of the school is the extended family we have gained. The children love and care for one another deeply, welcome new students readily, and ask after one another's welfare; the teachers are equally as caring and warm to our entire family. Indeed, although our daughter will be launched into an academically rigorous program for which she is well prepared we will always long for the years of playful learning and loving embraces at Trinity Preschool.

Leslie Vorndran

Preschool Parent

When looking at preschools for my twins, my first reaction to Trinity Preschool was how warm and welcoming they were. It was important to me that my kids feel safe, nurtured and stimulated and Trinity checked those boxes and more.

My twins are now in their final year at Trinity and they have cherished their time there. Reflecting back, I can clearly see how much thought has been placed into each activity they do. From developing fine motor and language skills to now learning science, music, art and French, learning is made fun. My children are not only ready for kindergarten, they are excited to learn. Without hesitation, I would recommend Trinity Preschool to anyone considering preschool for their child.

Jessie Wolking

Preschool Parent