Trinity Preschool will be closed through May 22, 2020, due to social distancing protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check back for future updates.
Parents can access our shared Google Drive for At Home Learning Materials for Long Term Closure.
Prospective students and families may inquire about Fall 2020 openings by emailing the Preschool Director, Emily Yosmanovich, directly at Director.TrinityPreschool@gmail.com.
To enroll, please complete an Enrollment Application and return it to the school.
SUMMER CAMP: MAY 26 - JUNE 12, 2020
To register, please complete the Camp Registration Form and return it to the school.
As of March 23, no new registrations are being accepted at this time.
Enrollment Applications and Camp Registration Forms can be received in person at the school, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Alternatively, you may submit forms via mail to Trinity Preschool, Trinity UMC, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA 22101.
All applications are processed in the order they are received and acceptance is on a first-come/first-serve basis until spots are filled. Within a week of receipt, you will receive confirmation of your application and an acknowledgment of your enrollment status.
The mission of Trinity Preschool is to cultivate a collaborative community of families and teachers to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for young children to develop physical, emotional, cognitive, creative, and social skills through play-based and discovery-led learning.
At Trinity Preschool, we believe that every child is a unique and special individual with unique and special abilities and needs. We believe that every child can experience the joy of learning, and such, we strive to develop active, independent and curious learners, who are ready to enter the academic world when they graduate from our program.
Trinity Preschool offers a high-quality Early Childhood Education Program (curriculum). Teachers are carefully chosen for their love and compassion for all children, as well as their knowledge of child development and instructional skills. Teachers nurture and celebrate each child’s individual gifts and interests, while also lovingly encouraging children to develop other skills sets and interests. Teachers use positive techniques, based on Conscious Discipline, to develop emotional, social, and self-efficacy skills. Each day is filled with opportunity and hands-on experiences, from French language immersion to art to cooking, from science investigations to storytelling, from music and movement to letters and numbers, from puzzles to pretend play, and blocks to books and beyond! At Trinity, we strive to engage each child’s sense of wonder and prepare them to utilize it for growth and life-long learning.
Trinity Preschool operates as an outreach ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church. It is open to teachers and children of all faith backgrounds. There is a weekly chapel time during which the pastors share age-appropriate Bible stories. Children also learn to say a blessing before mealtimes and learn the act of praying for guidance and for others. Teachers are encouraged to extend love and acceptance to all children by being faithful stewards of their education and celebrating their individual backgrounds.
Penguin Toddler Class
(birthdates October 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018)
(Limited spaces are available for birthdates May 1, 2018 – August 30, 2018. A rolling start date or January 2021 start date may be recommended by the Director. Children born September-November 2018 may apply for a January 2021 start date, only as spots are available at that time.)
Designed for children ages 2-3 years old, this class is an introduction to being part of a social group. Activities focus on social skills (learning to be away from mom/dad, sharing, taking turns, communicating needs, interacting peacefully with peers), basic self-efficacy skills (i.e. cleaning up, putting on a coat, opening/closing containers), and fine and gross motor development. The daily schedule includes a circle/story time, art and sensory play, active play, snack and lunch, and lots of time for play and exploration. Children attend a weekly Music class and Chapel Time.
Parents can choose from a 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day schedule for this class. All days are 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Llama Multi-Age Class
(birthdates October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017)
Designed for children ages 3-5 years old, this class offers flexibility for student and family needs. Children are instructed at their level of development and academic readiness, using many of the same components of the Manatee and Panda classes. The multi-age environment encourages social skills, strong self-confidence and leadership skills alongside individualized academic instruction. Children can attend this class for one year or two consecutive years, giving parents and children the opportunity to maintain a familiar teacher and class over the preschool years for optimal growth and development. Upon graduating this class, children will be well prepared for their next steps.
This class meets 5 days (Mon-Fri), 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
*There is not a potty-training requirement to attend this class.
Manatee Three’s Class
(birthdates October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017)
Designed for children ages 3-4 years old, this class continues a focus on gaining social skills while adding an academic component that is developmentally appropriate. We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to introduce letter recognition and early writing skills. Pre-math skills are taught through fun sorting, counting, patterning and calendar activities. Skills and content are integrated through imaginative play activities and hands-on learning stations. The daily schedule includes a circle/story time, art and sensory play, active play, snack and lunch, and lots of time for and exploration. Children attend a weekly Music class and Chapel Time.
This class meets 4 days (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri), 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
*Children must be fully potty-trained to attend this class.
Panda Pre-K Class
(birthdates October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)
Designed for children ages 4-5 years old, this class continues to offer a play-based program while increasing academic exposure. We continue to use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to develop early writing skills. Additionally, students begin associating letters with sounds and putting sounds together to make simple words. Pre-math skills continue to be taught, while increasing the challenge with problem-solving activities. Skills and content are integrated through imaginative play activities and hands-on learning stations. As the year progresses, students are encouraged to accept more responsibility in the classroom, both for maintaining focus on their own work/play as well as for functioning together as a group. The daily schedule includes a circle/story time, art, sensory play, active play, snack and lunch, and lots of time for exploration. Children attend a weekly Music class and Chapel Time.
This class meets 5 days (Mon – Fri), 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
*Children must be fully potty-trained to attend this class.
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.
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.
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.
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.