Licensed Preschool Programs

Our programs are perfect for your 3-5 year old preschooler! Conveniently located inside one of our recreation centers, your child can explore and learn through hands-on engaging play.

​​​​​​​​​Register Now for 2017/18 School Year Programs​!​

​​​​​​​​​​Pr​eschool Buddies School Year Programs (Age 3-5)

​Preschool Buddies 3 (ages 3-4) & Preschool Buddies 4​ (ages 4-5)
Our programs are conveniently located inside the recreation centers where​ your child(ren) can explore through hands-on engaging play. Our safe environment encourages creativity and independence for children, while developing socialization skills. Instructors focus on literacy, language development, problem solving and reasoning, as well as gross and fine motor skills. The curriculum supports State and Virginia Beach City Public Schools readiness indicators which ensure every child begins school ready to learn. This program is licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services Licensing Division. Snacks are provided; however, children will need to bring their lunch daily. All participants receive an annual recreation center membership!

Registration Requirements: a non-refundable, non-transferrable registration fee of $65 and completion of the Early Childhood School Year Registration Form is due at registration. A copy of your child’s school entrance immunization and physical records and viewing of the original birth certificate is required to be submitted before they may begin attending. The remaining payments will be due according to the school year payment schedule.​​​ If your child does not meet the age requirements at the time of registration, please call (757) 385-0402 for assistance or register in person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.

Locations​ / Cost / Hours

Available at Bow Creek, Kempsville, Princess Anne and Williams Farm Recreation Centers


Preschool Buddies Summer Programs​​ (Age 3-5)​​


Keep your child engaged in learning and physical activity this summer when our school-year Preschool Buddies programs end. Your child can stay in the same program they know and love with our Preschool Buddies summer programs. Designed to encourage play, creativity, exploration and FUN, each week will be a different theme including age appropriate activities, crafts, swimming and on site special events and field trips such as Cinema Café, Sky Zone, Build A Bear and FunVille. Participants are provided snacks however they will need to bring their lunch daily. This program is licensed and regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services Licensing Division.​

Registration Requirements: The total weekly cost of $165 requires a $30 weekly deposit (non-refundable, non-transferrable) due at registration and the remaining balance will be due according to the summer payment schedule. A summer registration form, copy of school entrance immunization & physical records and viewing of birth certificate is required at registration. A recreation center membership or day pass is required to attend. There is no camp July 4th.​​ If your child does not meet the age requirements at the time of registration, please call (757) 385-0402 for assistance or register in person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.

Locations​ / Cost / Hours

Available at Bow Creek, Kempsville, Princess Anne and Williams Farm Recreation Centers
Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dates: June 19 – September 1 (*Kempsville camps will begin the week of July 10th)​​​

 Customer Reviews

​​Preschool Buddies at Kempsville Recreation Center

"The level of education that my son received while under your care was remarkable. It takes a special person to be a teacher with the patience and skills needed to handle toddlers and young children, while also effectively delivering knowledge. The benefits my son is reaping from his previous education with your program are very noticeable. He is in kindergarten at the age of 5 and is now being taught things that he learned in your program at the age of 3."
-Gloria F.

Preschool Buddies at Princess Anne Recreation Center

​"Trust is extremely important to our family. As a whole, the staff at Princess Anne have taken such good care of our daughter. We had an opportunity to go to preschool for free, but because of the wonderful experience we have enjoyed, we ha​​ve chosen to keep our daughter here. The staff always have a smile, are very affectionate, and show true care and dedication."
- Catrina W.