Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool (AUCP) is a vibrant and welcoming child-centered, cooperative preschool with the mission of developing and encouraging social, intellectual, and physical development in the children entrusted to our care. We celebrate the individuality that is vital to your child’s development, and we recognize the critical role that both educators and primary caregivers play in that development.

AUCP operates five days per week from 9:30 to 12:30. Parents play a vital role in the operation of the preschool and in everyday classroom activities. Each class is led by a full-time professional teacher supported by parent co-opers (volunteers). Parents of AUCP children are required to help in the classroom on assigned days each month, the number of which depends on the class in which their child is enrolled. Parents also serve on committees and maintain our buildings and grounds. This participation both builds the spirit of community and collaboration that AUCP families love and also keeps our tuition costs low.

  • We are located at: 4444 Arlington Boulevard (Intersection of Route 50 and George Mason Drive)
  • We are a half-day program with classes meeting weekdays from 9:30am-12:30pm.
  • Our program serves children ages Infant through Pre-Kindergarten.
  • Explore our world-class playground.
  • Founded in 1969, AUCP has educated young children for more than 50 years.
  • AUCP’s play-based curriculum promotes curiosity and builds self-confidence.
  • Our cooperative approach values significant parent involvement (co-oping in the classroom, committee assignments, building & grounds support, etc.) and fosters community.

We invite you to learn more about our preschool and we are happy to answer your questions or arrange a time for you to visit. Please contact AUCP Membership Co-Chair Kasey Vanderpoel at

AUCP 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, disability, national and ethnic origin in administration of any of its educational or admission policies, nor any other school-administered programs.