We will typically have 20 preschool students in the program.
Preschoolers must be bathroom independent and three (3) years of age by October 1st the year they enter preschool, and may not turn six (6) before June 1st their last year in preschool.
The Preschool follows the LCPS calendar but starts in mid-October and ends in late May. We are closed for snow days, student holidays, teacher work days, and other special closings.
The preschool is a class for high school students called Early Childhood Education. Each high school student is paired with a preschool student (or two). The high school students run the preschool under the supervision of their teacher.
This is a learning experience for our high school students. The preschool is their "learning lab." We aim for a mutually beneficial relationship - the high school students are learning to care for and teach children while building relationships, and the preschool students are gaining age and developmentally appropriate instruction. The high school students are "in training." They are not trained professionals.
We follow a theme based curriculum in preschool. The high school students plan the lessons and activities. Each lesson/activity stresses at least one of the Kindergarten Readiness Skills.
Registration for LCPS employees and returning families will start in February 2024. Returning families can keep their roster spots, and LCPS employees are given priority in registration. From March 20th - March 30th there will be a sign-up for a lottery for open spots posted here. Those that do not receive a roster spot will be placed on the wait-list in the order of submission.
If you are assigned a roster spot in the preschool, we will email you, asking that you fill out the following forms, and submit them along with a deposit later in the year:
**We will not know for certain the 2024-2025 preschool schedule until summer 2024 after the high school master schedule has been built.**
Mrs. Emily McCord
Mrs. McCord started teaching for LCPS in 2014, and the 2023-2024 school year is her 15th year teaching Family and Consumer Sciences! She is teaching Dual EnrollmentEarly Childhood Education 1 and 2, and Teacher Cadet 1 and 2. In addition to teaching FACS, Mrs. McCord serves as the Teacher Leader for Educators Rising.
Mrs. McCord is a 2005 graduate of Lewis County High School in Weston, West Virginia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Science Secondary Education as a 2009 Graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mrs. McCord completed her her Master's in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University in 2019.
She lives in Haymarket with her husband Mr. McCord who teaches social studies at Freedom, their sons Seton (4th grader) and Beckett (2nd grader), daughter Evryn (age 3), and baby Laurel. Mrs. McCord loves being outside, cooking, and reading.