Though children begin nurturing a lifelong love of learning in their first five years, too many in Northern Virginia face socioeconomic, language, and cultural barriers to accessing preschool. AART closes this opportunity gap by welcoming all to their free preschool programs throughout the year. Classrooms are led by a multi-generational team of skilled volunteers with a higher-than-average ratio of 4 adults to 10 students. Annually, 180+ children in under-resourced communities across Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, build the early literacy, academic, and social-emotional skills they need to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. From providing age-appropriate books in bilingual classes in pop-up preschools, churches, senior centers, and more, AART's community-driven approach ensures that their graduates, even current college students, still remember their first teacher. Education can be more than an equalizer. With AART, it can also feel like family.
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