Friendship Child Care Center
OUR CHILD CARE CENTER
Director: Judy Demasana
Friendship Child Care Center (FCCC) has been serving families in Falls Church and the surrounding area for more than 30 years. We provide full-time child care with preschool curriculum to children 2 years old through 5 years old.
The Center is governed by Friendship United Methodist Church and administered by a Weekday Ministry Board. FCCC is a non-profit organization, license-exempt as a religious institution and operates as a service to families in the community.
Hours of Operation
The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. We provide services year-round with no spring or summer break. We observe only eight federal holidays during the year.
Our maximum enrollment is 40 students: ten in the 2-year-old class, fourteen in the 3-year-old class, and sixteen in the 4-year-old class.
We employ three teachers and four instructional aides. Our child to teacher ratios are:
2s Class: 5:1
3s Class: 7:1
4s Class: 8:1
During the pandemic, while we need to observe physical distancing and other safety procedures, we have limited the enrollment to the capacity of the classrooms.
During the pandemic, we require parents to provide packed lunch and snacks to their children to minimize contamination from outside sources. Moreover, because we have limited enrollment, our caterers are not willing to take small orders.
Under normal conditions we serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks to our students. Our lunches were provided by our caterer, Fairfax Food Services & Caterers, and delivered hot and fresh daily. All meals meet nutritional requirements. Meals are served in each classroom and enjoyed in a relaxed social setting. A copy of menu is provided monthly to parents.
Inclement Weather Policy
FCCC follows the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) closing schedule in the event of bad weather. This means that if FCPS announces a one-hour delay, the Center will not open until 8:30 AM. If FCPS announces a two-hour delay, the Center will not open until 9:30 AM. Whenever FCPS closes because of inclement weather, the Center will also close on the same schedule. It is important to check with local radio and television stations for up-to-date information on delays and closing of FCPS.
Friendship Child Care Center is located at 3527 Gallows Road, Falls Church just inside the Capital Beltway.
The Child Care Center entrance is the right-most entryway accessed from the lower parking lot.
We have a preschool curriculum tailored to the ages of the children. All the children study the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and sizes. Science and math concepts are a part of the regular instructions.
The children are engaged in at least one table activity each day, such as an art project or an academic paper.
The children learn to relate to each other through play. They also learn manners and proper ways to interact with other children and their teachers.
Rest & Play
The children nap for 2 hours after lunch.
When the weather permits, each class goes outside twice a day. We have a large, fenced playground with swings, ride-on toys, climber playset, picnic table and benches. We also have a big space for our indoor activities during the winter months.
We have chapel activities twice a month during the school year and music class with a special music teacher. We also participate in Vacation Bible School for one week during summer months.
We have programs to celebrate special days such as Mother’s Day/Parents’ Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas and other holidays. Our parents are always invited to join us.
During the year we have fire puppets, water play and sports activities. We are also visited by a veterinarian, mail carrier, pilot and dentist who talk with the children to share their experiences.
We strive to keep our tuition affordable for families.
Registration Fee: $50.00
Tuition for 5 day/week: $205.00
Child must be at least 2 years old to begin the 2s class.
Child must be potty trained to be admitted to 3s and 4s classes.
Children of all faiths and races are welcomed.
New family applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
We accept reservations when classes are full, subject to payment of the registration fee.
For further information about the Center or inquiries on how to register, please contact us or visit our Center:
3527 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042