Open Door Learning Center Preschool

Preschool Overview

Welcome to Open Door Learning Center Preschool (ODLC). Located in Leesburg, Virginia ODLC is a hands-on learning experience for children ages 2-7. We understand that a child’s preschool years are foundational in fostering confidence, acceptance of others, and a love of learning. The staff at ODLC focus on building social skills, teaching developmentally appropriate academics, and getting preschool students and their parents ready for Kindergarten.

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ODLC Preschool Services

“Open Door Learning Center creates a safe and supportive space for our children to grow and learn with their unique styles. The staff know how to work with our children’s specific needs, strengths, and challenges. The curriculum really works, and I could not be more appreciative of ODLC!” – Parent of ODLC student

Open Door Learning Center (ODLC) is a preschool located in Leesburg, Virginia–conveniently located near Exteter, Potomac Station, Raspberry Falls, Lakes at Red Rocks, Potomac Cross, and Downtown Leesburg.  We have all-day preschool openings for children 2 years old to 7 years old. Our daily schedule offers a wide variety of activities including: learning exploration centers, gross and fine motor skill development, music activities, social skills building, library time, outside play and more! Moreover, our experienced teachers give individualized attention to our early learners at a low student to teacher ratio (typically 6:1). We also have potty training for all ages, so your early learner does not need to be toilet-trained to join ODLC!

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Goals at ODLC

Our goal is for each preschool student to master all developmental milestones and/or mastery of our Starfall Standards prior to preschool graduation and entering kindergarten. As a result, students who master these learning block skills, will thrive in a mainstream kindergarten environment. Through our program, students will also have the unique opportunity to learn behavioral, social, emotional and pre-academic skills in a natural (play-based) setting. In addition, we individualize each preschool child’s educational experience so that EVERY child can succeed!

Teaching Practices

Teaching practices at the school are derived primarily from applied behavior analysis (ABA). Some of these practices include: positive reinforcement, direct instruction, continuous measurement of learning, and strategic data analysis. We offer a wide range of enriching activities that focus on building each child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. Our various teaching methods include hands-on teaching, traditional classroom instruction, and individualized instruction. To learn more about our preschool services, please click on the buttons below.

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Our Philosophy

We believe that Early Intervention and Preschool programs excel when there are skilled, well trained, and experienced staff, very small classes, low child to teacher ratios, and an atmosphere of nurture and respect for each child’s individuality. We maintain structured and predictable classroom settings, where learning is supported through the child’s exploration of the environment, recognition of his/her interests, hands- on activities, opportunities for socialization and the continual enhancement of

communication and cognition. We are informed by the best practices in Early Childhood education including detailed knowledge of developmental milestones, appropriate development behaviors, and techniques and measures designed to assist children in gaining autonomy and finding an appreciation of the joy of learning. We take our children on what may be their first foray into the wider world and its opportunities. We use the principles of positive reinforcement, individuation, scaffolding, and breaking down complex tasks into smaller, manageable pieces so as to give every child a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Our Child Study Teams regularly discuss each child’s needs and goals and makes recommendations for future implementation. Our daily schedules provide for pre-literacy and pre-math instruction as well as development of fine and
Gross motor skills, and time for imaginative and symbolic play. All our children participate in enrichment programs in Music and in Dance, Nature as well as visits from a specially trained therapy dog. Each day there is an outdoor play period in our well equipped playground. Our summer program highlights water play and more relaxed activities.

Open Door Learning Center’s Purpose & Mission

At the Arc of Loudoun, our mission is to support families and maximize the potential of children of ALL abilities so that they may THRIVE in the community. As a program of the Arc of Loudoun, Open Door Learning Center is focused on improving preschool and kindergarten services throughout Loudoun County. Its founders aimed to provide an affordable preschool in an inclusive setting, providing best practice for typically developing children as well as those with autism and related disabilities. Each student receives a screening prior to enrollment, with updated quarterly assessments and Evidence Portfolios.

Our goal is for each student to master all developmental milestones and/or mastery of our Starfall Standards prior to preschool graduation and entering Kindergarten. Mastering the learning blocks skills, will ensure that our students have what’s necessary to thrive in a Kindergarten environment. Our program offers students the unique opportunity to learn behavioral, social and pre-academic skills in a natural environment (play-based) setting through the use of Applied Behavior Analysis techniques. At Open Door Learning Center, we individualize each child’s educational experience so that EVERY child can succeed!

Contact us:

Email: odlc@thearcofloudoun.orgcreate new email

Phone: 703.777.6010

Fax: 703.777.1935

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