Falls Church - McLean Children's Center

Children ages 2 to 6 are eligible to attend the Children’s Center. We require all prospective students and their parents to meet with Center staff who will assess each child’s individual needs. This interview is a good opportunity to visit the Center, ask questions, and see whether the Center seems like a good fit for your child. At this time, parents will receive all necessary forms needed to enroll their children at the Center.


When you enroll your child at the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, you are paying for much more than just a way to keep your child safe and entertained during the day; you are paying for them to learn valuable social, motor and language skills in a warm and nurturing environment. Enrollment at the Center includes breakfast, two snacks, and a hot lunch from our new food provider, “The Good Food Company.” Our new food provider concentrates on serving the children at our location food that is both delicious and healthy. The fee also includes all expenses related to field trips which take our children to a variety of fun and educational locations. Tuition even covers some special services that you would normally have to go to a private company to receive. Vision, hearing and dental screenings are administered regularly to all of our children, and they also have access to the services of our speech and occupational therapists, and two trained counselors. These comprehensive services for families paying full tuition are unique in Northern Virginia.

Tuition fees are as follows:

  • $1,640/month for ages 2 to 3
  • $1,570/month for ages 3 to 4
  • $1,505/month for ages 4 and older.

Tuition assistance is available for families.

  • For families with incomes up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level, child care tuition subsidies are available from Fairfax County’s Child Care Assistance and Referral program.
  • For families with incomes between 250% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level, partial tuition scholarships are available as funds allow, from the Children’s Center.

    Income Eligibility for Scholarships for FY-20 

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Tuition fees include:

  • Full-day childcare services, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • A nutritious breakfast, 2 snacks, and a healthy, hot lunch;
  • Learning activities that promote cognitive and social development, including art projects, nature walks, circle time and outdoor play;
  • All expenses relating to bi-weekly field trips to a variety of exciting locations;
  • Special services:
    • Vision screenings
    • Hearing screenings
    • Dental screenings
    • Weekly speech therapy as needed
    • Mental health therapy for children
    • Access to Special Education for children qualified by Fairfax County Public School’s Child Find program.

Admissions Forms

Our admissions forms are simple, straightforward, and easy to fill out. Simply answer some basic questions about your child and provide your current employment information, and you are eligible for consideration. Once you have completed the application form, you can bring it to our main office in the side wing of Lemon Road Elementary School, and submit it to a member of our office staff. We have office staff members who speak both English and Spanish, and who will be happy to assist you in whichever language you feel most comfortable conversing in. Please do not hesitate to submit an application form; the process is quick and easy, and could be the gateway to providing your child with an amazing early childhood education experience that will prepare them for a successful future!

Waiting List

If enrollment at the Center is full, children are placed on a waiting list in chronological order from the time the application is submitted. In keeping with the mission of the Center, we reserve 50 percent of our enrollment to children eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program. A completed application must be on file before a child is placed on the waiting list. When a space becomes available at the Center, the parent has three days to decide whether or not to enroll the child in the Center. If the parent decides not to enroll the child, the child’s name will be removed from the waiting list if the parent is no longer interested, or left at the top of the waiting list if the parent prefers a later start date.

Parent Handbook

Our parent handbook is a valuable resource, and gives parents a wealth of information regarding our Center’s policies and expectations. The handbook includes forms to bring in on your child’s first day of school, as well as a list of the members on our Board of Directors. The handbook provides information regarding field trips, our program, and the outdoor learning center. It also describes our curriculum in depth, gives and overview of our Center’s goals, and describes our policies on parent involvement and visitors. Finally, the handbook lists our discipline, health, and pick-up policies. To learn about our Center in detail, especially if you are a new or prospective parent, we recommend downloading the handbook by clicking on the link below. Enjoy learning about our organization and how we can make a profound difference in your child’s life!

Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center Parent Handbook FY-17