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Reds Class

Older preschoolers continue to develop their verbal skills through cooperative play, negotiation and problem solving. Dramatic play becomes more elaborate as a result of their increased social and community experiences. As awareness of the printed word increases, children experiment with writing and reading.  At this age, the child is working toward being an independent person: they easily navigate their school and home environments, and the adults can be seen more as a facilitator than as an active participant in a particular activity or event. The 4 and 5 year-olds enjoy socializing and will be seen making more sophisticated choices and friendships. This is the beginning of the school-age experience.  Pre-pandemic, the children went on about 7-10 field trips during the school year.


Eligibility: Children between the ages of 4 and 5

Tuition: $5,634 for the 2023/24 school year ($626 per month)

Class hours: Monday-Friday, 9:15am – 1:15pm

Maximum enrollment: 16 students

Teacher: Tara Bloch

Teacher’s aide: Carol Hamal

There are always two adults in the classroom: the teacher and an aide or a parent, making the adult to child ratio (1:8).

Parents with a child in this class can expect to co-op in the school approximately 8-10 times or less during the school year.  Parents are also asked to drive on 2-3 field trips.

A typical day in the Reds class looks like: 

9:15 – Arrival at the playground

9:30 – Morning meeting

9:40 – Gross Motor Playground time

11:15 – Come inside for lunch

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch and indoor play

1:00 – Story time

1:15 – Dismissal

FB Meekins is a cooperative preschool in which parents play an integral role in their child's classroom experience and in the operation of the school. The result is a tight-knit community of teachers, parents and families working together to create a fun, safe, and nurturing environment in which our children can learn and grow.


FB Meekins Cooperative Preschool admits any student of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at this school.  Meekins does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, hiring of employees, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. 



900 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA 22180