Early Childhood Programs

Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start, and our Early Learning Center prepare young children to enter school ready to learn.

 

Early Learning Center

The Campagna Early Learning Center at St. James provides high-quality early childhood education to preschoolers ages 3-5.  The Early Learning Center provides opportunities for each child to expand their talents and interests, build supportive relationships, and receive educational experiences that promote school readiness - so that each child can reach their fullest potential.

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Part-time, full-time, and year round options!

Fee: $242 Full-time (Moday-Friday); $150 for 3 days; $100 for 2 days. Price includes all meals: breakfast, two snacks, and lunch. For NOVA students and faculty please reach out to Center Director, Paulette Shannon at pshannon@campagnacenter.org for enrollment pricing information.

Age requirements: 3 -5 years old (child must be potty-trained)

To register, visit The Campagna Early Learning Center: 5140 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311

For more information, contact ELC at St. James Director, Paulette Shannon, at Pshannon@campagnacenter.org or via telephone at (571)982-3924.


Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a year-round program, serving children ages zero to three and expectant mothers. Offering a comprehensive range of services, the EHS program builds social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills in infants and toddlers. Children and families also receive ongoing health and nutrition services, including medical and dental exams. Parents are also able to benefit from the support of Family Service Specialists, who assist parents with their own educational and vocational goals.

Early Head Start provides services in three different ways to meet the individual needs of children and families:

  • Center-based – Operating in spaces donated by Alexandria City Public Schools, children are enrolled in a full-day program designed to foster all aspects of development. This service option is especially beneficial for parents who are employed and/or in school full time.
  • Home-based – On a weekly basis, a highly-qualified early childhood professional visits families in their homes, working with parents and children together to support all aspects of development. Group meetings with other parents receiving similar services are offered twice a month to help parents develop relationships with other families. 
  • Family Child Care Providers – Offered to infants and toddlers of working families or parents who attend school full-time. Staffed by licensed family child care providers, these services foster all aspects of child development.

Hours & Locations

Early Head Start is a full year program that closes for two weeks in the summer.  Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Eligibility and Registration

Early Head Start accepts 160 children. Eligibility is determined based on income and family need, with a priority placed on teen parents. Eligible families not accepted due to limited space will be offered a spot on the waiting list for that year.  

To apply, click on the following to download the application in English or Español.

Parents may complete registration to determine eligability as space becomes available in the program. Please revisit the website in the spring to register for the 2020-2021 school year. A registration fair is generally scheduled during the month of March. 

To complete the registration process, please bring these required documents with you. Without them we cannot register your child:

  1. Copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport. (not a birth letter)
  2. Proof of income (both parents) -2 recent consecutive paystubs from current employer(s) or a copy of your W2/1099 and signed tax return. Also include SSI, SSA, TANF and child support/alimony (if applicable). If a parent has no income please bring a notarized letter stating so.
  3. Proof of Residency – copy of a lease, mortgage statement or utility bill (gas, water or electric only). If you are living with someone and your name is not on the lease, bring the lease or utility bill with the person’s name you are living with on it AND a notarized letter from that person stating you are living at that address.
  4. Copy of the child’s IEP/IFSP (if applicable)

These items are also requested at the time of registration:

  1. Proof of Medical/Health Insurance
  2. Physical Examination Form completed within the last six months and Dental Exam

Contact

For registration information, contact Leslie Wysong at lwysong@campagnacenter.org.

 


Alexandria Head Start

Alexandria Head Start (AHS) promotes kindergarten readiness for children from three to five years of age. The program promotes literacy and mathematics skills, as well as children’s social-emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Children and families also receive health and nutrition services and support for growth and development through community resources. Parents are also able to benefit from the support of Family Service Specialists who assist parents with their own educational and vocational goals.

Like Early Head Start, AHS services are provided at several sites across the city as a result of partnerships we have developed with the City of Alexandria, Alexandria City Public Schools, and two faith-based institutions (St. Paul’s Church and Fairlington United Methodist Church).  

Hours & Locations

Alexandria Head Start runs from September to mid-June. The program hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  There are currently 7 sites across the city of Alexandria; however sites may vary from year to year.

Eligibility and Registration

Alexandria Head Start serves 309 preschool children. Annual registration fairs are held in March. Low-income families and families of children with special needs in Alexandria are invited to register. Eligibility is determined based on income and family need. Eligible families not accepted due to limited space will be offered a spot on the waiting list for that year.

To apply, click on the following to download the application in English or Español

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is closed. Parents may complete registration to determine eligability as space becomes available in the program. Please revisit the website in the spring to register for the 2020-2021 school year. A registration fair is generally scheduled during the month of March. 

To complete the registration process, please bring these required documents with you. Without them we cannot register your child:

  1. Copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport. (not a birth letter)
  2. Proof of income (both parents) -2 recent consecutive paystubs from current employer(s) or a copy of your W2/1099 and signed tax return. Also include SSI, SSA, TANF and child support/alimony (if applicable). If a parent has no income please bring a notarized letter stating so.
  3. Proof of Residency – copy of a lease, mortgage statement or utility bill (gas, water or electric only). If you are living with someone and your name is not on the lease, bring the lease or utility bill with the person’s name you are living with on it AND a notarized letter from that person stating you are living at that address.
  4. Copy of the child’s IEP/IFSP (if applicable)

These items are also requested at the time of registration:

  1. Proof of Medical/Health Insurance
  2. Physical Examination Form completed within the last six months and Dental Exam

Contact

For registration information, contact Leslie Wysong at lwysong@campagnacenter.org.