9220 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
703-759-2082 fax: 703-759-0874

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  • We offer a developmentally appropriate preschool educational experience which facilitates physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth.
  • We provide a safe and nurturing environment in which each individual child will feel secure and develop a sense of independence. Staff and teachers are loving, creative and enthusiastic.
  • We implement a theme-based integrated curriculum using literature, art and music to foster communication, creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • We promote spiritual and Christian growth through participation in regular chapel services and other activities such as songs, Bible stories, daily prayers and a school-wide Christmas Program.


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  • Experienced, nurturing, creative and enthusiastic teachers
  • Beautiful facility complete with an indoor romp around area, an Outdoor Classroom, a playground and a lovely, peaceful chapel
  • Focus on connecting children to the natural world especially through our Outdoor Classroom
  • Weekly chapel for all children led by our clergy on Wednesdays and Mrs. Ruppe on Tuesdays
  • Integrated curriculum using Handwriting without Tears and the Get Set for School program
  • School-wide Christmas Program, Christmas party and end-of-year picnic
  • Creche Parent Organization which organizes family social events such as the Krop's Crops bonfire evening, educational speakers and school-wide outreach opportunities

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CAMP FORM - Option to pay on the website - Go to Creche egiving


CAMP  PROGRAMS - May 29 - June 21

Our outdoor classroom and beautiful campus provide the perfect backdrop for exploration of the natural world, outdoor games, sports and water play.  Programs are enhanced with arts, crafts, storytelling and music.


CAMP CRECHE - May 29 - June 14 - 9:30 - 1:00 

Thirteen days of fun,crafts, outdoor play, imaginative adventures and music.  Campers will be transformed into Pirates, Botanists,Mad Scientists, Chefsandmore!  Camp Creche is active, outdoors, messy and fun!

Taught by your DEAR Crèche Teachers!

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NATURE & WATER FUN CAMP - June 17 - 21 - 9:30 - 1:00

Taking Active Learning Outside

Our Nature Camp will engage your children in wildlife and nature exploration. We will use the Project Learning Tree and the Growing up Wild curriculums. Activities will involve children directly exploring the outdoors using their five senses with nature walks, physical games, and other activities. Children who have opportunities to play and learn in nature are more likely to: handle challenges more capably, act responsibly toward the earth and each other, be more physically active and aware of nutrition, have a greater appreciation of the arts and become better-informed environmentally-aware adults.  And, we will incorporate fun, water play, just because we should!

How to Apply

Enrollment is open for the 2019 - 2020  School Year.  Our enrollment application is available here.  The enrollment deadline for first consideration is February 15, 2019 for the 2019 - 2020 School Year.   Please fill out our Enrollment Application and mail, scan or fax (all addresses are at the bottom of the page) it to St. Francis Creche.  A $75.00 enrollment application fee must be received before your child's enrollment can be processed.

We recommend that all applicants visit St. Francis Creche to tour our school and have all of your questions answered. Please call or email Mrs. Jane Ruppe Keihn, Director, to schedule a tour of St. Francis Creche. Tours are given daily.

Our school-wide Open House and Orientation is on the Wednesday following Labor Day.  All students and their parents are invited to our Open House and Orientation.  All children have an opportunity to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers on this Wednesday. School begins the following day - the Thursday after Labor Day.

Enrollment is open to all children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5 years old regardless of race, culture or church affiliation.  Children should have reached their classes' age by September 30th of the school year.  Children in the 2 1/2-year-old class must have turned 2 1/2 to begin school, according to county regulations.  There is no admissions testing. Children must have reached developmental maturity to the extent that they can emotionally handle the anxiety of separating from their parents. Children are required to be toilet trained, except for children entering the 2 1/2-year-old class.

Please visit us! 
Contact us by phone or email to set up a tour of our Preschool.

St. Francis Creche Preschool
9220 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls VA 22066
Phone:  703-759-2522
Cell phone:  703-505-9117
Email:  creche@stfrancisgreatfalls.org

Jane Ruppe Keihn, Director

Map and Directions

St. Francis Creche is located at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, near the entrance to Great Falls National Park. If you are traveling on Georgetown Pike east from the Reston/Herndon area, our preschool is located on the left two miles east of the Great Falls Village Center. If you are traveling from the west, we are located four miles west of I-495/Capital Beltway on Georgetown Pike. The church is on the right just one-quarter mile west of the signal interchange at Georgetown Pike and River Bend Road.





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Chapel service is held weekly at 10:15 am and is conducted by the clergy on Wednesdays and Mrs. Ruppe on Tuesdays.  Students actively particpate in Chapel by helping as acolytes. Our Chapel service usually includes prayer, singing, and listening to a story from the Bible. We welcome parents to attend chapel with their children.

We sing songs such as God is so Good, Jesus Loves Me, We are Marching in the Light of God, God Made the Sun, This is the Day and He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.

We begin chapel in September with the story of Creation.  Other chapel stories include St. Francis of Assisi, Noah and his Ark, Thanksgiving and the birth of Jesus.  We talk a lot about how much God loves every child!

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Our Facilities

Our church has a number of spaces available for use by the community, suitable for meetings and small- and large-group events. Our beautiful sanctuary and wooded setting are ideal for weddings and celebrations, and we offer a spacious fellowship hall and catering kitchen. For more information, visit Use of Our Facilities.

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