NOTICE: Preschool enrollment is full for the 2023-2024 school year.
Riverbend Forest Preschool Open House
This program is designed for parents/guardians of 3–5-year-olds to learn about the philosophies and practical implications of enrolling your child into the Riverbend Forest Preschool. Meet with the lead teacher and explore the outdoor learning environment and the limited-use indoor classroom. This open house is designed as an adult information session, it is encouraged to leave little ones at home. Attending an open house is a requirement for potential registration in the program.
The Riverbend Park Forest Preschool is designed for children 3-5 years old.
Class hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Riverbend Forest Preschool is located at the nature center at 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, VA
Parents can enroll their children for two (Tuesday/Thursday), three (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), or five-day per week sessions.
Play. Get Dirty. Learn.
Play, Learn, Get Dirty Outdoors
Play and learning outdoors in all weather, getting dirty, and immersing yourself in the outdoors:
Our school days are spent outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold. Our students need come to school prepared for all of the elements. Rain, mud, and weather can provide exciting and happy experiences for our kids. Children will get dirty, touch bugs, and experience nature. We ask families to support our classroom by dressing children appropriately for the weather. Kids may go home tired, messy, and happy!
Growth mindset and play-based learning
A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning, and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are characteristics associated with a growth mindset. We strive to instill a growth mindset in our preschoolers. Children are naturally curious, and our curriculum will evolve naturally with their interests. Our teachings follow nature and how it changes throughout the year. Our program is a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities. Teacher-directed activities include letters, numbers, drawing, and nature explorations. Child-directed activities focus on the experiences in nature and the natural curiosities of a preschooler. Our goal is to instill in the children a lifetime love of learning.