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Great Beginnings

You can reach Great Beginnings at 618 N. Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria , Virginia 22314
Call them on (703) 224-2599

About Great Beginnings


At Great Beginnings Early Learning Center your child's individual talents, skills and abilities will be nurtured in a loving and compassionate environment.

Learning is encouraged through art, science, language, math, recreational play; individual and group dynamics and in the active engagement of the mind, fine motor skills and creativity of your early learner. We offer choices of developmentally appropriate activities and seek to foster a love of learning as they play, learn and explore the world around them.

Our Mission

At Great Beginnings Early Learning Center your child's individual talents, skills and abilities will be nurtured in a loving and compassionate environment. Learning is encouraged through art, science, language, math, recreational play, individual and group dynamics and in the active engagement of the mind, fine motor skills and creativity of your early learner. We offer choices of developmentally appropriate activities and seek to foster a love of learning as they play, learn and explore the world around them. Our Vision

Great Beginnings is comprised of qualified staff with a passion to support the development, educational, recreational and psychological growth of young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We are a Center working with a Christian Curriculum designed to encourage the healthy adjustment of children as they enter into the community of learning; with a focus on providing tools for them to learn sharing, compassion, patience, honesty, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We develop children’s educational capacities along with their abilities to grow, learn, play and explore the world around them.

Great Beginnings Early Learning Center..... where great futures begin.

We believe in the educational and overall development of children as they grow, learn, play and explore the world around them.

Our Classes and Maximum Ratios

The Little Lambs is our 6 weeks to 13 month olds. Maximum Ratio is 4 lambs to a Teacher.

The Ducks are our 14 month old to 23 month olds. Maximum Ratio is 5 Ducks to a Teacher.

The Penguins consist of our 2 year old to 3 year old class. Maximum Ratio is 8 Penguins to a Teacher.

The Cubs make up our 3 year old class. Maximum Ratio is 9 Cubs to a Teacher.

The Giraffes comprises our 4 year old class. Maximum Ratio is 9 Giraffes to a Teacher.

Our program is carefully designed to meet each child's individual needs. We involve all our children in the learning process from the infant class through four year old learners. We believe that no child is too young to learn with developmentally appropriate activities. The content and experience offered vary according to the age of the children.

Lessons include activities to enhance skills in:

- Pre-and Beginning Reading

- Pre-and Beginning Math

- Nature & Science

- Arts & Crafts

- Fine and Gross Motor Skills

- Music & Dance

- Social Skills & Recreational Play

Our Curriculum

We use the ABEKA Curriculum to ensure that children grow up with a sound foundation and are taught the educational, social, developmental and behavorial skills necessary to be prepared to enter the school system as well as engage as active participants in the family and the community.

Additional Activities Library

Early Learners have access to reading materials and books designed to expand their language and comprehension skills as well as increase their understanding of the world around them. Teachers will engage children in the "process of telling the story", letter, picture and name recognition and support the devlopment of their long term memory. In a book children can go to other lands, spend story book time with friends, all in the comfort of a book all while in the in the Great Beginnings Library.