Nativity Catholic School

Nativity Catholic School

Leading the way to Christ

A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Preschool & PreK

Our Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten program provides a Christ-centered, nurturing environment in which each child will develop spiritually, emotionally, socially and cognitively.


Nativity Catholic Preschool recognizes each child as a unique gift from God. Our Philosophy is based on the belief that each child is a learning and growing individual. Our Objective is to provide a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program, focusing on the unique interests, abilities and needs of each child.

Our environment is warm, secure and loving, with quality physical care in order to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.

HoursAge Requirement
PreschoolM – F | 8:30 – 12:00Must be 3 by September 30
Preschool PlusM – F | 8:30 – 2:30Must be 3 by September 30
Pre-KM – F | 8:30 – 2:30Must be 4 by September 30

Frequently Asked Questions

How many teachers are in the classroom and what is the daily schedule?

At Nativity, we have one preschool class and one PreK class. Each class consists of a lead teacher and an instructional assistant. In the afternoon, additional staff are present to help with lunch and rest time. Note that Preschool Plus is not a separate class; it is an extension to the preschool day and only available to those enrolled in the three-year-old class.

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

Yes, your child will need to be fully toilet trained as we are not licensed for diapers or pull-ups. To be fully toilet trained means: 

  • Be able to TELL the adult they have to go potty BEFORE they have to go.
  • Be able to pull down their underwear and pants and get them back up without assistance.
  • Be able to wipe themselves after using the toilet.
  • Be able to get off the potty by themselves.
  • Be able to wash and dry hands.
  • Be able to go directly back to the room without directions.
  • Be able to postpone going if they must wait for someone who is in the bathroom or if we are outside and away from the classroom.

What is your Discipline Policy?

At Nativity, we like to catch the good vs. dwelling on the bad. We view discipline as a process of learning self-control, respect for others, and responsibility. We use positive methods of discipline at all times so children are aware of school expectations and acceptable behavior. Strategies used in the classroom are redirection, positive reinforcement, stop-and-think strategies, and good role modeling. For any on-going issues, teachers will communicate with parents so that school and home are working together with a child’s best interests in mind.

How will I know what my child is learning?

As parents, you are your child’s first and most important teachers. Our classroom is an extension of the learning that happens at home. We strive to keep in communication with families to build a great relationship so that each child can reach their full potential. Your child’s teacher will keep in regular communication with you mainly through emails and phone calls as necessary. In addition, each class will be given a monthly calendar and newsletter that includes information about what your child will be learning, special events, early dismissals, and how the class as a whole is progressing.

What curriculum do you use?

We follow the Diocese of Arlington curriculum guidelines. These guidelines follow Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.

Contact: Please contact our Preschool Director, Jen Behan at jbehan@nativityschool.org with any questions.