Our daughter began attending Open Arms at seven months old and, as first time parents, we were super anxious! However, from the orientation tour through each of her classroom transitions, our expectations have been exceeded. The teachers and administrative staff have always made an effort to get to know our family, not just our daughter, which makes Open Arms just like an extension of home. The teachers are as invested in her social, physical and emotional development as we are and are quick to praise her accomplishments and share with us any challenges. I love that we’re greeted every morning and afternoon by teachers who wave or pop their heads out of the classrooms to say hello and get a quick hug or high-five. Open Arms exercises a genuine “open door” policy and proactively communicates with parents on a regular basis. I have found the administration to be very responsive to inquiries about everything from billing to special diet and medical needs to classroom preference. We feel completely at ease knowing that our daughter is as cared for at Open Arms as she is in her own home. Open Arms has earned our complete trust!
– Mom of S., 2 years old
We joined the Open Arms family shortly (three weeks) after the death of one of our infant sons. To say we were greeted with “open arms” is an understatement. The staff at Open Arms immediately became a place of hope and joy for our family. Not only were they incredibly supportive as our son transitioning to preschool but they welcomed our entire family. Our lives have been enriched in so many ways we would have never anticipated when we enrolled the first of two sons to attend Open Arms. We have felt nothing but love and support from all those who have entered our lives through our affiliation with Open Arms. I believe you will find no finer place to care for the spiritual and educational enrichment of your preschooler in the area.
– Mom of C., 4 years old, and B., 6 years old
In January of 2013, I did an extensive search of schools for my daughter. Through a local Mom’s Club, I became aware that in Ashburn, you have to start the registration process quite early. We knew that our little girl would be ready for pre-school in September and I wanted to provide the best fit for her. I went to various open houses with my daughter, went to the Ashburn pre-school forum, talked to various parents and even prepared a comprehensive spreadsheet. We selected Open Arms for various reasons. My daughter is thriving and has never been happier. She loves the activities, the other kids in her classroom and she especially loves her teachers. The other day when I picked her up, my two and a half year old threw her arms in the air and screamed “Miss L is the BEST TEACHER EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!”. I’m so glad we chose Open Arms. We feel our child is in a loving, safe and educational environment. She’s adapted so well that it’s almost sad that she doesn’t miss her parents when we drop her off. I would highly recommend Open Arms!
– Mom of G., 2 years old
I wanted to let you know what a fantastic experience we have had with Open Arms. We have had nothing but positive feelings and our son is clearly happy and thriving. Before Open Arms, we were in two in-home daycares and I always had complaints or things I wasn’t comfortable about but I just shook off most of the time. I thought it was just me being a Type A new mom, but now that we’ve found Open Arms I realize that there is a place that provides more than I could ask for in a school. So, thank you for making my life easier and giving my son the love and discipline that he needs.
– Mom of L., 3 years old
Full-day kindergarten was very important to our family, and we couldn’t have been happier with the program offered at Open Arms. Our daughter is more than prepared for 1st grade and we attribute that to the hard work and dedication of her teachers. We also feel she benefited greatly from starting her schooling in a smaller class setting vs the much larger classes that are occurring in area public schools – transitioning into 1st grade won’t be as overwhelming, and again, she definitely has a head start. The teachers each brought their own style to subjects including but not limited to reading, writing, math, social studies and science and our daughter ended her year being very strong in each, and best of all, having a great time doing so! We also have an almost four year-old son at the Open Arms preschool and there’s no question in our minds that we will enroll him in the full-day program once it’s his turn – we really couldn’t have asked for a better environment for our children.
– Mom of G., 4 years old, and E., 6 years old
I was fortunate enough to see the kindergarten teachers and students “in action” many times last year, including the fall field trip, events during Lutheran Schools Week, the Christmas program, and weekly worship. The teachers continuously showed outstanding leadership and compassion for their students. Their learning activities were fun and challenging, and they gave the children the support they needed when something didn’t go quite right. Whenever there was an issue with my son, whether it was related to health or emotions, the teachers were always compassionate and understanding, and they did what was necessary to make his day go as well as possible.
– Dad of T., 6 years old
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