“Building relationships with families is an important reason why our preschool has a family feeling.”

Jill Cha, Director


It is the mission of St. Paul’s Preschool to create an environment that gives all children the opportunity to learn in a Christ- centered, safe and caring environment. St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool is a Christian non-profit weekday ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. At St. Paul’s we believe that each child is a unique creation of God. In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn. We believe in educating the whole child, encouraging not only intellectual and social growth, but spiritual growth as well. As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued positive self image and seek to minister to both children and families.

Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities, which are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Work is planned with emphasis on the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation and reinforcement through repetition. Schedules are designed to balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet time.

Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moving forward a step at a time. We teach a love of learning by allowing children to experience their own stage of development and helping them to feel success without pressure.


Beginning in September 2017, our Teachers will implement Portage Project Curriculum. Portage focuses on 5 areas of development in children.

  • Sensory
  • Communication & Literacy
  • Social & Emotional
  • Learning
  • Physical Health.

Each teacher will also use a guide to assess the child’s progress.

In order for our curriculum to have a sense of cohesiveness, we teach through themes. We look at the “big idea” and create ways to extend that idea into every area in which we might establish a learning center – art, block play, science, cooking, music, books, dramatic play and so on. The teachers integrate the idea throughout the classroom so that children who are building with blocks, children who are exploring science, and children who are looking at books are all experiencing the same concept in different ways.

Teachers plan for their whole classroom to fit together in a way that is logical and unified. The activities are planned according to children’s needs, interests and maturation levels. Along with the themes we emphasize spiritual development through bible verses and stories, listening, following directions, responsibility, cooperation and respect for teachers, peers and self.

Your child will attend chapel once a week on Wednesday or Thursday. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience “big church”. In addition your child will learn valuable bible stories and lessons, as presented by Pastor Mark, an Associate Pastor, Director of Family Ministries or the Preschool Director.

Although music is a daily part of our preschool day, a special music class is taught one day each week on Wednesday or Thursday. Music is an opportunity for children to play, to imagine, to feel, to express, and to learn through the use of music and movement. Children participate in developmentally appropriate activities allowing them to grow naturally. Through singing, moving, listening and playing simple instruments children begin to build an appreciation for music.

Our School

St. Paul’s Preschool is an integral part of the ministry of St. Paul’s Church. The purpose of St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool is to provide a well-rounded curriculum in a Christ- centered environment. Here at St. Paul’s, a Preschool Committee is in place to provide the preschool efficient management, develop school policies and procedures, prepare job descriptions and hire preschool staff.

Licensure and Insurance

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool has state religious exempt licensing. The school is inspected by the Fire and Health Departments annually and meets or exceeds all county and state regulations. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is covered by Public Liability Insurance.

Admission Process

We are currently accepting applications for all age levels. Please complete an application to be put on our wait list. Please Download an application. You are welcome to call our office to schedule a personal tour. (703) 573-0494. We schedule tours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10-1 pm.

Teaching Staff

The teachers at St. Paul’s are Christians and are experienced in working with children. In addition they are kind, caring, nurturing and loving. They guide the children in developing spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. St. Paul’s staff celebrates and teaches Christian truths at all times.

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Monthly tuition is collected by Vanco Services on the 10th of each month. Before a child enters the school, parents must pay a deposit of one month’s tuition to be applied to the May tuition upon completion of the school year. Tuition is calculated on a yearly basis and equally divided into nine monthly payments; therefore there is no change in tuition due to shorter or longer months.

If Vanco Services reports two months of insufficient funds, from that point on all tuition payments must be made in cash. Tuition payments delayed for more than two months will be cause for dismissal. Families who travel overseas for extended periods of time MUST continue to pay monthly tuition to hold their child’s spot in the program.

There is no fee if the tuition payment is deducted from your checking account. If you have any questions regarding payment or late fees, please email Marian Robinson in the preschool office @ splfinances@aol.com

A registration fee is charged each year in the amount of $75.00. The registration fee must accompany the Application and is non-refundable. There is a one time Events Fee of $50.00 which is due when a deposit is made. A Deposit consists of one month’s tuition which is applied to May of 2021. All Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE[Download Application form]

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and also a completed Fairfax County Health Form is required before a child can start preschool.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Members will receive a 25% discount on monthly tuition. (Second siblings will receive $25.00 off per monthly tuition)

We encourage all parents to pay online either by credit card or having it deducted from your checking account. PLEASE make sure you click on the END DATE ( Tuition Payment End Date:) and add April 10, 2021 as the END DATE. May Tuition is collected at the beginning of the year.

Who We Are

St. Paul’s Preschool is an integral part of the ministry of St. Paul’s Church. The purpose of St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool is to provide a well-rounded curriculum in a Christ-centered environment. Here at St. Paul’s, a Preschool Committee is in place to provide the preschool efficient management, develop school policies and procedures, prepare job descriptions and hire preschool staff.

Meet Our Staff

Sandy McNab – St. Paul’s Preschool

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Lead Teacher
Jill Cha – St. Paul’s Preschool Director

Jill Cha

Marian Robinson – St. Paul’s Preschool

Marian Robinson

Financial Manager
Janice Sebring – St. Paul’s Preschool

Janice Sebring

Lead Teacher
Sandy McNab – St. Paul’s Preschool

Sandy McNabb

Lead Teacher
Erin Link – St. Paul’s Preschool

Erin Link

Lead Teacher
Ashley M- St. Paul’s Preschool

Ashley Muskett

Karen Ryals – St. Paul’s Preschool

Karen Ryals

Lead Teacher
Mary Ann Mitchell – St. Paul’s Preschool

Mary Ann Mitchell

Kathy McFadden – St. Paul’s Preschool

Kathy McFadden

Lead Teacher

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” At St. Paul’s, all children are welcomed and loved.

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