We welcome you to come tour our school and meet the teachers.
Come visit and see if Freetown Friends is
the right place for your child this Spring.
Please call 703-860-8910 with any questions.
. About Us
A message from the director
Freetown Friends is a small, home-based morning preschool located in Reston, VA.
In 2004 I opened the doors for my unique preschool program for children 18 months to 3 years old.
I offer a structured yet flexible daily routine in a friendly, loving, and encouraging environment.
I work with the children to discover their uniqueness and individuality, and to help them learn positive interaction and communication with others. I accomplish this in an environment that includes supervised free play, art, music, stories, and outdoor play.
My area includes a large, brightly furnished indoor playroom as well as a large, fenced in, outdoor area with playground. The children share age-appropriate experiences in a guided play-based curriculum.
We are open Monday- Friday from 8:45-11: 45 am, with an option to stay until 12:45 for lunch bunch. I work with the parent to find the best fit for your family, with 2,3,4 or 5 mornings a week availability.
.Who we are
Shelley is extremely passionate about children. She has been working with children since her teen years, and has found her niche in the ages of 1-3 year olds. She loves their excitement at experiencing new things, and how curious and eager they are to learn. She hopes to leave a lasting impression on every child who attends her preschool. Shelley has a great respect
for each individual child. It’s her goal to meet them where they are and grow with them.
In her late teens, Shelley worked
as an assistant in a 2-year-old program and also cared for special needs children in one-on-
She moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1999 where she was employed as a professional nanny for 5 ½ years. During this time Shelley worked with children from 8 weeks to 9 years of age.
She was also employed at Kenwood Learn and Play, an in-home program in Bethesda, Maryland.
Shelley is CPR, First Aid, and EMAT certified and continues to build upon her child development skills through classes yearly. She is married and has five children.
Shelley loves to cook, read, and spend time with family and friends. She is an active member in her church, neighborhood, and children’s schools, as well as in the community.
Cassis is very excited to join the Freetown Friends School staff this year! Originally from Bolivia she moved to Northern Virginia at age 13 and is a fluent Spanish speaker.
In 2013 Cassis received an A.S. Degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in Teacher Education from Northern Virginia Community College. She’s especially passionate about working with children in their earlier formative years providing support as they observe, explore, experiment, and investigate the world around them. She is committed to knowing each child to better foster their academic & social development while providing a fun, engaging learning experience. She cares about safety and encourages empathy, kindness, politeness, and plenty of giggles!
Cassis has three children and loves spending time with her family the most. She has two dogs and enjoys music, fashion, art history, hikes and visiting museums everywhere she goes.
Freetown Friends offers a preschool curriculum for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Our classroom is filled with safe, age-appropriate games, books, art supplies, and other learning tools. We also have an extensive outdoor play area with numerous ride-on toys, swings, slides, and playhouses.
We begin our day with a small manipulative activity, including puzzles, play dough, lacing and similar games to enhance fine motor skills. When all children have arrived for the day, we gather for circle time.
Circle time includes a welcome song, other songs and finger plays, books and calendar time. We then move on to snack time. Afterwards, we jump into various art projects where we paint, glue and cut, and learn to use stickers, markers and other materials. We also do a great deal of singing, dancing, dress-up and, when weather permits, outdoor play.
A sample morning schedule may include the following:
|8:45 – 9:30||⇢ Table activity and supervised free play|
|9:30 – 10:00||⇢ Circle time|
|10:00 – 10:45||⇢ Snack time and art project|
|10:45 – 11:45||⇢ Music and movement, outdoor play when possible|
Applications are accepted throughout the year. We eagerly welcome new students throughout the year as space allows.
Freetown Friends School, LLC is a small, home-based preschool program for children aged 18 months to 3 years old located in Reston, VA. We are open from 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM, Monday through Friday.
Children may attend Freetown Friends any number of days per week. Tuition is charged monthly, based on the number of days your child attends.
Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM. Includes our daily program.
Monday through Friday
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Any four days
*The optional “lunch bunch” can be added at $10 extra per day
Lunch bunch is an extended hour where children can eat their lunches packed from home and engage in small group activities and free play.
To enroll your child, the following will be required at the time of enrollment:
Space permitting, additional days can be scheduled to make up for absences. There will be no refunds for days missed, and each month’s tuition is equal.
One month’s notice is required to terminate enrollment. Failure to provide sufficient notice will cause forfeiture of the deposit.
Virginia law requires the following forms to be completed before attending our program:
Collects general family information for the initial school enrollment process
Specifies required immunizations with dates received, signed by parent and physician.
Specifies pertinent telephone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts
Specifies pertinent telephone numbers, addresses and emergency contacts
Provides Freetown Friends with specific details of your child (optional)
More fun at Freetown Friends School
We plan one to two field trips each year. Past destinations have included the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Cox Farms, Meadowlark Gardens, Roer’s Zoofari, Leesburg Animal Park, Frying Pan Park, Walker Nature Center, and a local fire station.
These trips broaden the students’ views of the world and give us new places to learn about and explore together. Our trips include all family members who wish to attend.
Summer camp is offered each year between June and August. Students enjoy daily water play (weather permitting) and have fun exploring a variety of themes.
We have studied caterpillars and butterflies, ladybugs, life under the sea, life in the lakes. We have explored fairy tales through fun and creative means, such as: visiting outer space, pirate adventures, battling with superheroes,
and much more!
Camp is held outdoors in the shaded yard. The children enjoying getting wet and messy every day through various sensory experiences such as shaving cream, slime, water beads, cornstarch, and play dough.
Camp enrollment fills up quickly, so please contact us in the spring, to allow us to be able to offer your child a summer of fun!
You can trust us at Freetown Friends School LLC!
I feel so lucky to have found Miss Shelley’s Freetown Friends School. It has been such a wonderful experience for both my son and our family. My son started when he was 20 months and this was his first school experience. I was really nervous how he was going to adjust because when he started he was very shy. He has been going to Miss Shelley’s now for almost a year and he has really blossomed and is now so outgoing and well adjusted. He has developed such great friendships at the school and we are so sad that he is about to outgrow the school. Shelley has been amazing with my son and you can really tell she cares about each one of her kids and their needs. Shelley has such a great combination of organization, friendliness, fun and enthusiasm that children are just drawn to her. You couldn’t ask for a better teacher and school for your child at such an important age of development.
Freetown Friends School is a gem. My daughter loves it so much that she begs to stay at the optional lunch bunch every day that she attends! The school is homey, educational and fun. The caregivers are nurturing, loving and caring. Shelley herself is professional and as accommodating and flexible as she can be. I’ve yet to see a child not thrive at Freetown Friends School. I cannot recommend Shelley and the school highly enough!
We love Freetown Friends & Ms. Shelley!! My 2½-year-old has been with Shelley 3 mornings a week since last August, and we’re so glad to have such a loving, safe, and creative environment for her first preschool experience. We’ve seen huge changes in our daughter over this year, in no small part due to the activities and love she’s receiving. Some days I have to fight to get her to leave 🙂 I’ve known Shelley for over 4 years now and you couldn’t trust your children to a better person or more qualified home preschool!
First of all, this is one of the few pre-schools I have found to specialize in kids of this age. Shelley really knows and loves young children and does a fabulous job with them. Both of my daughters attended FF and they came home with wonderful songs to share and taught me about things like aphids. My kids are now in traditional pre-school, and the art projects they brought home from FF were much more creative and they did something wonderful EVERY day. Over a year later, my kids still ask me when they can go back to Miss Shelley’s. I can’t express what a huge fan we are of FF and I have recommended it to all of my friends! We drive 30 minutes in traffic to get there and it was still worth it.
My 22-month-old son went to Freetown Friends only for the summer camp and loved it! I only wish I had known about this place earlier. If we had not moved out of the area, I would have absolutely continued it. I could already see changes in my son’s vocabulary and activities in the short time that he spent there. Ms. Shelley is just wonderful with kids.
The classroom features a seated area for snacks and craft projects, a toddler-accessible sink / wash-up area and an adjoining bathroom.
Colorful artwork, craft projects and learning aids (alphabet, numbers, shapes, calendar, birthdays, etc.) adorn our walls.
Children’s artwork is always prominently displayed around the classroom.
We have a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities for every child.
There are many items for pretend / creative play, including a small kitchen, a workbench, a doll changing station, strollers and more.
There are also many different outdoor activities to encourage physical activity. We love to enjoy the outdoors!
While not an admission requirement for any age, we are here to support potty training and child independence while using the bathroom