At Golden Pond, we provide a wide range of preschool and kindergarten programs that meet both children’s developmental needs and parents’ busy schedules.
Golden Pond School offers an Extended School program for children enrolled in our Full-day Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment programs as well as for children attending First through Third grade in the local public schools. This program is available 7:30-8:30am and 2:30-6:00pm.
Kindergarten/Kindergarten Enrichment Extended School and 1st-3rd grade Extended School are valuable after-school resources that provide students with a comfortable, fun and familiar place to spend the afternoon while enjoying recess, snack, theme-related and free choice activities, and homework assistance.
Enrichment Programs – Daily and weekly, we enrich all our programs with music, art, and Spanish. Soccer is offered as an optional activity as a 30-minute group tutoring session. Parents can extend their child’s day at school with Lunch Bunch, a structured lunch and play time that gives children a chance to enhance their social skills outside the classroom.
Older children can enroll in our Full-day Kindergarten or Kindergarten Enrichment programs. These are five-day programs. Our Kindergarten Enrichment program supplements the morning Kindergarten program of the Loudoun County Public Schools.
Our preschool programs emphasize developmentally appropriate learning. We group our preschoolers into two separate paths six months apart. Narrowing the age range lets teachers individualize the curriculum, which progresses as your child learns and grows. Parents typically can select from morning or afternoon programs, two, three, or five days a week.
Golden Pond School now offers Stay and Play, quality year round care from 7:30am-6:00pm with Stress Free Snow Days!
Stay and Play is available to children enrolled in our 5 day morning preschool programs. These preschool students enjoy their engaging morning preschool curriculum and may move to a different classroom for Stay and Play where they have lunch, an afternoon snack, recess, nap/quiet time, circle time, table activities and more fun! Stay and Play will be open each week day and offers parents the flexibility to drop off children as early as 7:30am (for breakfast) and pick up as late as 6:00pm. Stay & Play follows the closure policies of the Federal Government – giving you more Stress-Free Snow Days!
Trish Nestor, Extended Day Program Director/Summer Camp Director, is passionate about providing quality care. “The goal of our Stay and Play program is to be a home away from home for your children. We offer Full-Day care for working families without compromising the unique and essential qualities that make Golden Pond School so special. I have been extremely pleased with how comfortable the children are in our Stay and Play program. They are secure and know they are well loved. It is a delight to get to know the children more fully. I love that they share stories and important things about their lives with me.”
An integral part of our Stay and Play program is the strength and expertise of the teachers. Our two lead teachers have a combined total of 14 years at Golden Pond School. They are highly trained and accomplished in the field of Early Childhood Education. Parents stay connected daily through Tadpoles, paperless childcare daily reports for the iPhone and iPad.
Golden Pond’s rising kindergarten students (4 year olds and junior kindergarten classes) have again exceeded the top end of the Virginia development range for the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS). PALS provides a comprehensive assessment of a young child’s knowledge of important literacy fundamentals. This test is an approved screening tool for the state of Virginia, and is an indicator of early reading success. 99% of all school divisions in the state use this tool on a voluntary basis. Educators are then able to use the information from PALS to plan appropriate instruction for each student and to intervene early to prevent reading problems. All kindergarteners are administered this test as they begin their first year in Loudoun County Public Schools.