The Children’s School, Inc., (TCS) is a non-profit corporation established by employees of Arlington Public Schools (APS) to provide quality childcare and an early childhood education for their children. The program is an inclusive community-based program licensed to care for children from infant through 4 years of age. The school is located in the Walter Reed Elementary School Building in the Westover area of Northern Virginia.
Opened in 1987, the program was the first childcare facility in the United States to be owned and operated by employees of a large school system. Since then, TCS has gained a national reputation as a model facility.
The Children’s School program serves as a benefit for the APS by reducing absenteeism and staff turnover, the program helps with staff retention and recruiting tool as well.
TCS is a parent cooperative and every family enrolled in TCS automatically joins the co-op.