Beach Day School

About Us

​​​​​DIRECTOR:  Dawn Finguerra, (757) 772-1150
Elizabeth Weston, (757) 772-1151


Our mission is to be the finest preschool in the oceanfront
community. We are committed to creating in children a love of
learning and a servant’s heart in a safe and nurturing ​
environment. ​Our goal is to more than prepare every child to be
confident and compassionate, academically prepared and
​socially aware.


Beach Day School is a quality preschool and kindergarten that is family and community centered. 

We operate within First Presbyterian Church at the beach, and we have a wonderful working relationship with them.  Beach Day is committed to providing the highest-quality learning environment for your child, while also prioritizing the importance of his/her social and emotional development. NAEYCE research has shown that children who feel safe and happy tend to show greater motivation to learn, more eagerly participate in class activities, and demonstrate higher academic performance. Therefore, our teachers try to ensure that all students feel loved, cared for, and seen as their best selves.

 All school employees receive bi-annual training in First Aid, CPR, AED and PMAT.  Our teachers receive 16+ hours of continuing education each year, and are provided every opportunity for professional development.  Our priority every year is to be informed and inspired to provide your child with the best learning environment possible!


In 1967, Mary Hood and Marjorie Theberge were beloved teachers at Happy Days Day Care.  Their wonderful experience there, and their love of working with children, inspired Mary to approach the governing body at First Presbyterian Church about starting her own preschool at the church.  She received strong support and was encouraged to make her idea about a warm, nurturing Christian preschool a reality.  In the fall of 1968. Beach Day School was born! Mary taught and worked with preschool children for 20 years to instill in them a love of God, a love of school and a love of learning.

Mary sold her school to the church in 1988, thus beginning First Presbyterian Church’s hallmark ministry and service to the community.  Mary was hired as the school’s director, and she set out to provide a quality education to children of all walks of life.  Several directors have followed since Mary retired, including our current director, Dawn Finguerra, who has been at BDS since 2012.

The school population has grown to around 80 children, and 14 teachers.  We currently have two 2-year-old classes, two 3-year-old classes, two 4-year-old classes and a full-day kindergarten.  Mary’s dream has lived on, and many of the children who are currently attending Beach Day School are children of the students that Mary taught all those many
​years ago!

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(757) 428-6332
300 36th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451