learning through play

Our Philosophy

Our mission

is to help children learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment where they have the freedom to explore, create, and play. Through hands-on learning and activities, imaginative and dramatic play, and gentle support from our incredible team of teachers and aides, children develop a sense of wonder and excitement about learning.

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Our Philosophy

Our educational philosophy is based upon the following concepts:

Individual Acceptance

A child needs to be accepted as they are.  Each child is helped to develop their own capacities at their own rate of progress.

Child-Oriented Environment

A child needs to find themself in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they can explore, share, play, and communicate with other children their own age.

Freedom Within Limits

A child needs to know that there are limits beyond which they cannot go.  They need freedom in play.  Their imagination and curiosity need room to wander.  But they also needs order and structure in their day.

School Experience

A child needs to feel that school is a happy experience and that the teacher is a trusted friend.

Acceptance of Cultural Diversity

Children of all races, religions, cultures, and family backgrounds are positive self-images and teach the value of diversity.

The teachers proceed upon the basis of these ideas as they present activities and experiences to the children that specifically aim for the independence of the child, a positive self-image, an ability to share and take turns, the acquisition of social and communication skills, the promotion of cognitive learning, practice in gross motor activities, and an opportunity for creativity.  Activities that provide an environment conducive to the realization of these goals include outdoor play, sand and water play, music, cooking, dramatic play, language, literature, manipulative experiences, table games, math, science, body movement, woodworking, field trips, and block play. 

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