Full School Handbook


Knollwood Community Preschool is a non-profit program set up under the auspices of Knollwood Community Church. It is designed to be a direct ministry of the church and reflects the church’s commitment to the community, which it serves. By providing a school in its facility, the church hopes to be able to give interested parents an opportunity to enroll their children in a Christian-oriented, developmentally appropriate program.


In formulating a philosophy, Knollwood begins with certain basic assumptions about children. We believe that each child can and should be viewed as a special and unique individual, created by God and possessing resources and abilities that, when nurtured, will allow that child to develop into a caring, creative person. We believe that the developmental process, though unique to each child, does follow a basic pattern and our purpose is to help each individual child develop spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally. Children have a basic curiosity about their world and it is this curiosity to which we seek to appeal, so that we can successfully help them grow. To this end, we provide an enriched environment and a caring and supportive Christian staff.


At Knollwood, activities and experiences are provided based on each child’s needs and abilities. The total program is planned to meet the following goals:

  1. To encourage the healthy growth and development of the child — spiritually, socially, physically, and emotionally.
  2. To provide a stimulating environment for learning.
  3. To meet the individual needs of each child and his or her respective family.
  4. To provide an atmosphere of well-being, security, and love.

The overall curriculum at Knollwood is based on the concept that play is basic to the process by which children grow. Play is the young child’s way of “finding out,” of relating to others, of organizing his ideas, knowledge, and feelings, of adjusting to the demands of his environment, of releasing tensions and solving emotional problems, and of expressing himself at a time when language ability is insufficient to fully convey feelings and frustrations. Knollwood’s curriculum is designed to make use of centers in order to help the children learn to make choices and to take responsibility for their learning. Centers are project, theme and activity-related areas or stations designed to encourage children to perform/enjoy diverse tasks. This approach allows for learning that is child-directed rather than teacher-directed. The teacher assumes the role of facilitator –preparing the environment, planning a wide range of experiences, encouraging the child’s efforts and helping to maximize his opportunities for successful growth and development. Among the experiences provided in Knollwood’s curriculum are the following:

  • Free and directed play – in centers, on the playground and in the classroom
  • Circle time – stories, discussions, learning games
  • Creative art – multimedia, developmental, process oriented
  • Creative movement
  • Music
  • Workbench and tools
  • Computer centers – in Development Center and each classroom
  • Gross motor – Outdoor play — climbing gym, sand box, climbing ladder, tire swing, slide, etc. Indoor play — climbing gym, rocking boat, etc.
  • Field trips – selected to extend and enrich classroom learning
  • Science – simple experiments, nature studies, butterfly and ladybug units
  • Manipulatives and other creative materials for learning – books, puzzles, games, educational materials, toys, etc.
  • Socio-dramatic play centers – hospital, space station, camping, fix-it shop, etc.

While the various activity centers are planned, the interaction surrounding them is child-directed and spontaneous.

Special Enrichment Classes are offered within the school day. Children will participate in Music, Creative Movement and Library/Storytelling. The individual curriculums for these classes have been specifically designed to enhance and extend Knollwood’s commitment to developmentally appropriate learning. In Music, the children are given an opportunity to not only discover music as a personal, creative experience but also to learn basic music concepts -beat, note value, etc. This time is in addition to the music provided as part of the daily classroom activities. The Creative Movement component provides a wide variety of activities and experiences designed to promote fitness and motor skills and help children understand how their bodies/muscles work. Both classes offer an opportunity for children to extend their gross and fine motor play in a semi-structured setting. Library/Storytime is offered to extend and enrich the children’s exposure to exceptional literature. Pre-reading skills and concepts are developed. Knollwood maintains an extensive library with over 1,500 titles.

Twice a month there is a special Chapel Time planned for the children. This is led by the Director and includes a simple Bible story, songs and finger plays. It is a low-keyed approach to the teaching of basic faith principles and does not include doctrinal teaching of any kind.

Social Skills

Healthy growth and development includes learning self-discipline. This important life skill is better learned through guidance than through punishment. Children do not automatically know what constitutes appropriate behavior. Our goal is to teach children pro-social behavior, care of materials, safety, voice control and appropriate ways to dispel anger. Children need help developing these skills and the role of the teacher is to be a model and gentle guide. Non-punitive discipline, which helps teach children appropriate behavior, will encourage them to develop strategies for problem solving, cooperating, sharing and learning to understand how to get along in life. This type of discipline is most appropriate because it fosters self-esteem and self-discipline.

Our mission at Knollwood Preschool is to ensure that each child has an equal right and opportunity to receive a quality Christian education in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. To that end, it is the staff’s responsibility to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and growing at all times. Any behavior that interferes with learning or the safety of others will be addressed. Aggressive or disruptive behaviors negatively impact the child who exhibits the behaviors, the individual who may be directly affected, and the entire class.

The preschool years are a time to learn about friends, about taking turns, and about the joy of learning new things in a trusting environment. Some children come eager to learn and participate and others are not yet ready. Some will cry uncontrollably and others may exhibit aggressive behavior. Aggressive behavior is defined as behaviors, which threaten the health, and well-being of another as judged by any member of the staff of Knollwood Preschool. Aggressive behavior includes, but is not limited to, kicking, hitting with or throwing objects at another individual, biting or attempting to bite another individual. Inconsolable crying and aggressive behaviors can be symptomatic of a lack of readiness for preschool.


In the event a child exhibits aggressive behaviors, the following is the policy at Knollwood Community Preschool:

At the judgment of the staff, students will be removed from the room to discuss the event and more appropriate conflict resolution. Parents of all children involved will be made aware of the occurrence. In the event that there is are continued occurrences of aggressive behavior, the parent(s) of the aggressive child will be notified and instructed to come for the child immediately. A meeting between parent and staff is then required to better address the problem, to explore positive intervention techniques for school and home, or to discuss continuation in the school program.

If the staff believes that both the parents and school working in Christian harmony to assist the child cannot address the problem, the school maintains the right to terminate enrollment, at any time. Tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.


It is requested that any concerns regarding teacher-pupil relationships be referred to the teacher in question. This may be done by calling the school and requesting a conference time, by phoning the teacher at home after school hours, or by a written note. Discussions with other parents or staff members make simple resolution more difficult.

If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the Director is always available for a private discussion. Concerns of a nature other than teacher-pupil should always be referred directly to the Director.

Concerns that cannot be resolved by the Director should be made in writing to the Knollwood Community Church Weekday Preschool Committee. The Committee will seek to handle the matter in a way that is personally satisfactory to every one involved.


  • Two day class for 3-year-olds: Thursday & Friday, 9:15 to 12:15 ($230)
  • Two day class for 3- and 4-year-olds: Thursday & Friday, 9:15 to 12:15 ($230)
  • Three day class for 3-year-olds: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:15 to 12:15 ($320)
  • Three day class for 4-year-olds: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:15 to 12:15 ($320)
  • Three day class for 4-year-olds: Wednesday 12:30 to 3:30, Thursday and Friday 9:15 to 12:15 ($320)
  • Five day class for 4-year-olds: Monday – Friday, 9:15 to 12:15 ($455)


Enrollment in the three-year old program will be open to children who will be eligible to enter public kindergarten two years hence or who will have reached their third birthday by September 30 of the school term.

Enrollment in the four-year old program will be open to children who will be eligible for public kindergarten the following school year or who will have reached their fourth birthday by September 30 of the school term.

These cut-off dates were established in order to be consistent with Fairfax County policies. Exceptions to these dates will be at the discretion of the Director after interviews with both the parents and the child in question.

All children must be completely toilet trained and must meet prescribed health and immunization requirements for enrollment and continued participation. Upon receipt of the proper registration, birth certificate, health forms and registration fee, the child will be enrolled in the appropriate class. In August, the parents will receive notification of the opening school date, teacher’s name, and class assignment.

Knollwood admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies or admission policies.


Children are expected to be enrolled for an entire academic year. Once the school year has begun, withdrawals for emergency reasons are to be preceded by a written notice two weeks prior to the child’s last day. Failure to give written notice will result in forfeiture of the tuition prepaid at the beginning of the year.


Dismissal procedures may be initiated by Knollwood Preschool in the following situations:

  1. When parents are unwilling to complete all necessary paperwork for enrollment–including, but not limited to, health forms and emergency information forms.
  2. When tuition becomes thirty days delinquent. (A $25 late fee is assessed after 15 days.)
  3. When a child is not able to adapt to the school environment.
  4. When a child’s behavior threatens others.
  5. When a parent refuses to cooperate with school guidelines or suggestions deemed necessary for the child’s welfare.

Dismissal shall occur after conference with the Director and may occur with one week’s notice.



Tuition payments are to be made by check. Checks should be made payable to KNOLLWOOD. There will be a $25 charge for any checks returned for insufficient funds.

Two days will be set-aside during the first week of each month for the collection of tuition. For classes, which meet during the first three days of the week, tuition will be collected on the first TUESDAY of each month; for classes, which meet during the second half of the week, tuition will be collected on the first THURSDAY of each month. On the day that tuition is to be collected, the building will be opened 15 minutes early to facilitate the process. Payments not made on that date will be considered delinquent and a $5 late fee will be assessed. Please be prompt with your payment as we are a non-profit organization and depend on your payment each month to meet our expenses. If payment is not received in a timely fashion, we will consider your child withdrawn from the preschool and his/her place will be filled from our waiting list.

The year’s tuition will be collected in nine equal payments. The first payment will be due the first of June – prior to the start of the school year. The payment made in June will be held and applied to May of the following year. If this payment is not made, your child’s space will be considered vacant and will be filled from the waiting list. In the event of withdrawal, the prepaid tuition will be refunded ONLY in the event the family is relocating to an address outside of Knollwood’s attendance area. The Director must receive written notice of the parent’s intent.

A non-refundable registration fee of $100 will be required when the registration papers are submitted. A $75 activity fee, which covers school tote bags, all field trips, speaker fees and other expenses, will be due with the June payment.


Two-day a week class: $230

Three-day a week class: $320

Five-day a week class: $455


All Classes: $75



The class begins for each child when he arrives and is greeted by the teacher. The staff has a morning meeting each day prior to the beginning of school and will not be available for your child. Children are not to arrive earlier than 5 minutes prior to the class starting time and should be picked up promptly at dismissal time. A $10 late fee will be charged for any child picked up after dismissal time. An additional $10 charge will be assessed for each additional block of 10 minutes. Parents will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of late pick-up and the fee will be billed with the next month’s tuition.


Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents. The school will cooperate with the parents by furnishing names, addresses and phone numbers of enrolled children at the first of the year to facilitate the formation of car pools. The school must have, in writing, the names of any persons other than parents who are to be allowed to pick up a child from school. Forms for this purpose will be provided by the office and will be kept on file.


Activities during the school day will include painting, outdoor play and active “on-the-floor” play. Clothing, therefore, should be durable, casual, and washable. Rubber-soled shoes are safest for climbing, running, etc. Please do not send your child to school in flip-flops, jellies or other slippery-soled shoes because they are dangerous for play. On the day your child is scheduled to participate in Creative Movement, rubber-soled shoes and layered clothing are essential. Children should come to preschool dressed for the day’s weather. Please ensure that your child has gloves/mittens and a hat or hood during late fall and winter. All take-off clothing should be marked with the child’s name.


The children will be encouraged to bring in favorite toys, books, household and nature items, for periodic show-and-tell times. Please keep in mind the age of the children who will be handling the items and plan accordingly. AVOID sending in items, which are overly expensive or fragile. Your child’s teacher will inform you of their designated show-and-tell day. Please send in only one item and make sure it will fit easily into the tote bag that is provided to each child at the beginning of the year.


The school will provide a snack with beverage each day. Please make certain that your child’s teacher is aware of any and all food allergies. Providing a note that can be posted is extremely helpful. [BIRTHDAYS. If you wish to provide a snack for your child’s class on his/her birthday, please notify the teacher at least a week in advance. Birthday snacks should be simple and inexpensive. Please avoid cupcakes; they are very difficult to manage in a classroom setting. Cookies, muffins, or fruit would be an appropriate snack. The limitations of the daily schedule preclude having a full party at school. All home party invitations should be mailed. We encourage you to include the entire class or at least everyone of the same gender in order to avoid hurt feelings and awkwardness.]


Advance notice will be given for all field trips. Parents may be asked to assist by driving or supervising their child’s class on these trips. All drivers must provide proof of insurance in accordance with state regulations. A form will be provided for this purpose. Children are required to be in an approved safety car seat or restraint. Please see here for an explanation of the current Virginia law.

Parents will be asked to provide the car seat/restraint and will be responsible for installing it in the appropriate car on the day of the trip. A Field Trips and Photographs Permission Slip must be signed for each child at the time of his registration; this slip relieves the church and the preschool of any liability.


Any child who shows signs of illness or an elevated temperature will be isolated from the other children. The parents will be notified immediately upon sign of illness and will be expected to arrange for their child to be taken home. This is why you are asked to provide emergency contact information on your child’s enrollment form.

Please cooperate in keeping your child home:

  1. The first day or two of a cold, fever, cough, or heavy nasal discharge;
  2. During the incubation period of a contagious disease;
  3. When the eyes are inflamed; and/or
  4. Until your doctor recommends resuming school.
  5. Head Lice. Children are to stay home until they are lice and nit (egg sac) free. This avoids spreading the infestation to other children. Additional information on how and when to treat head lice is available from the Director.

Parents will be notified of all accidents occurring at school. The staff is First Aid and CPR trained and they will give immediate care to children incurring minor injuries. Parents will be notified immediately of more serious injuries so that a decision can be made as to the medical attention needed by the child.


  • If Fairfax Co. schools close, we will close.
  • If Fairfax Co. schools open 1 hour late or 2 hours late, we will open at 10:15 a.m.
  • Please listen to the media for announcements concerning school closings or look for an announcement posted on the Fairfax County Public Schools website.


Section 63.1-196.3 of the Code of Virginia exempts child day centers operated under the auspices of a religious institution from licensure. Considerable documentation is filed annually with the Department of Social Services and the Code of Virginia outlines the additional requirements that the center must meet.

The center occupies the first and second floor of the educational building, which was constructed in 1984. A maximum of eighty children are enrolled in the program which utilizes 5 classrooms, a library and an office area as well as the entire lower level which is used as a development center for the children. The playground is spacious and includes the following equipment: tire swings, rope ladder, a large climbing structure which include a fire pole, horizontal climber, slide and two level play decks, child-sized tables, riding toys, a child-sized train, playhouse and geodome climber. Knollwood provides no food service beyond the preparation of a daily snack. The staff must have an annual tuberculin test and must be certified annually by a practicing physician to be free from any disability, which would prevent them from caring for children. Training is required in child CPR and First Aid. The centered is covered by public liability insurance carried through the Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company.

The center has implemented all necessary procedures and policies in keeping with the licensing requirements of the State of Virginia. Detailed information is available to parents, guardians and the general public in the director’s office.

Updated February 2017