Fort Hunt Preschool is a non-profit, parent-owned and parent-administered association of caring people who work cooperatively for the positive growth and development of young children and their families.
The preschool has been thriving in the Mount Vernon community since 1962. The school has grown and evolved over the years, but two elements have remained constant - the belief that children are developing people who grow and learn at their own pace and the importance of learning through play.
In the early years, classes for 3-year-olds were organized by parents, under the auspices of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC). In 1962, parents worked with Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) to establish a cooperative preschool with classes for 3, 4, and 5-year- olds. The first school year began with an enrollment of 28 students. In 1983, the preschool moved into the historic Carriage House on the beautiful grounds of MVUC. Parents worked together to prepare the building for students. In 2002, in agreement with MVUC, the preschool began the process of becoming a fully and independently licensed preschool, no longer under the domain of the church. The name was changed to Fort Hunt Preschool and, in October 2003, the school was granted its full license by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Fort Hunt Preschool continues to thrive because the parents and teachers care so much about this school and are willing to put the time and effort into seeing that it continues to provide a lasting legacy for future generations.
Fort Hunt Preschool is licensed by the State of Virginia and is a member of the Northern Virginia Council of Cooperative Preschools and Parent Cooperative Preschools International.