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 AND 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!