Overlee Preschool - A Parent-Run Cooperative Since 1945

We are sad to announce that after nearly 80 years in operation, Overlee Preschool Association will permanently close its doors at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege serving our local community and being a small part of the upbringing of generations of Arlington children.  To our alumni and friends: thank you for community and friendship over these many decades.  We are heartened that the spirit of Overlee will continue to live on in you and your children!

If you would like to get in touch with us, please reach out to our president at president@overleepreschool.org, or our director at director@overleepreeschool.org.

A Parent Cooperative Pre-School


Established in 1945, Overlee seeks to provide a stimulating and happy environment that will help children learn to respect themselves; to respect the feelings, ideas, and rights of others; to make choices, resolve conflicts, and solve problems; and to explore new ways of doing things – with the belief that this will help each child develop as a confident, whole individual. The school respects each child as a unique individual and has planned a program that helps every member of the class develop at his/her own rate – socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

Parent Participation

We are a Parent Cooperative (Co-op) and parent participation is the cornerstone of our school.  Parents take ownership at Overlee, working in the classroom and at school events.  Membership is a family experience.  We share aims, benefits, and responsibilities.

Play-Based Learning

For over seventy years we have carried on a tradition of play based learning.  We have adapted a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum that makes learning exciting and relevant for every child.


Children have an innate connection to nature.  Being outside supports the open-ended, self-directed play that is critical for their physical and mental development.


Our admissions process begins with the online application.  We have our annual open house in January where you will get a chance to meet other parents.  Alternatively, we invite you to book a classroom tour.

Overlee In the News

Overlee is proud to be consistently recognized by our community as one of Arlington’s top preschools!

Arlington Now – 3 Things to Know About Overlee Preschool

Northern Virginia Magazine Best Preschool

The Overlee Preschool Association admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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