300 36th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Beach Day School
DIRECTOR: Dawn Finguerra
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Weston
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 Christian
environment. Our goal is to more than prepare every child to be
confident and compassionate, academically prepared and
WHAT IS BEACH DAY?
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. We participate in Virginia Quality, a state assessment program that provides us with continual feedback, ongoing assessments, and training with experienced childcare professionals and educators. This training ensures that Beach Day teachers are knowledgeable about current research and trends regarding the most developmentally appropriate practices available.
We are licensed through the Department of Social Services, and all school employees receive bi-annual training in First Aid, CPR, AED and PMAT. Our teachers receive 30+ 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 Session 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 85 or so 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 children that Mary taught all those many