Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten

Where History Meets Innovation 

Welcome to LANK - We are Open!  

Where Curiosity is Cultivated

Founded in 1965, Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten was Reston’s first preschool under the “New Town Plan” created by Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon. 

For over 50 years, LANK has had a rich tradition of providing an exceptional preschool experience in the Northern Virginia community. Our school has thrived in Reston by providing children with a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment. Our children, parents, and teachers exude happiness as we experience a child's first learning journey together. This is a time for children to play with enthusiasm, explore the environment, ask questions, and seek out new friendships. We are very glad to have you join us during this wonderful adventure!

Our Preschool Programs

At LANK our history combined with innovation continues to set us apart and informs how we approach the school day. Our school is committed to play-based learning because of the joy it affords our young learners.  Visit any classroom area and you will see smiles abound, and a zest for the day!  Whether observing the steps in making a pumpkin pie, or exploring shapes on a classroom light table, our students feel at ease and at home.  

Children are encouraged to ask questions, problem solve and explore the environment using their senses.  Our wooded surrounding lends itself to hands-on learning as children explore the life cycle of trees, observe birds in their natural habitat, and collect acorns with glee!  STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is emphasized as it encourages creative thinking, imagination, and playfulness.

Our days are planned with purpose, and accompanying activities are developmentally appropriate for children in their first school years.

Education at LANK is a joyful journey filled with success and validation, while providing the skills children need to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Our hands-on approach is enhanced by the guidance of dedicated, loving and passionate educators. Our school is located on 2 ½ wooded acres which allows our children to fully engage with nature and appreciate the beauty around us. LANK offers a variety of preschool programs for children aged 18 months to 5 years of age.  Enjoy visiting each of the programs below!

Preschool Programs For Children 

18 Months - 5 Years

Bears & Cubs

Ages 18 - 24 Months 

Bears and Cubs is a unique program for moms, dads or caregivers to enjoy alongside their child.  Finger plays, movement, creative arts, and outdoor play combine for the ideal introduction to LANK.  


Ages 4 - 5 Years

LANK’S pre-kindergarten strikes just the right balance between school readiness and creative play.  Our developmentally appropriate curriculum integrates STEAM, and offers individualized attention to students as they encounter new experiences and gain confidence the year before kindergarten.    

Junior Preschool

Ages 2 - 3 Years

Our junior preschool is best described as joyful! Your child’s day will include the warmth of a teacher’s lap, stories, music, art, nature exploration, and lots of hugs!  This first year of school provides a nurturing environment that is almost like a home away from home! 

Explore & More

Extended Day 

Explore & More provides LANK children the opportunity to play and learn for an extended period of time after their regular LANK school day. EXPLOREandMORE includes lunch and opportunities to play, create, build, sing, dance, and learn in an open-ended, nurturing environment.


Ages 3 - 4 Years

The preschool program fosters independence while offering encouragement for playful exploration.  We support and nurture children to label feelings, develop kindness towards others, and practice self-regulation skills.  Our days are filled with discovery in the areas of cooperation, literacy, nature, creative arts, and friendship.

Summer Camps

Ages 3-6 Years 

We are looking forward to a wonderful summer of play, and exploration!  We have exciting summer camp themes in store for 2020! Our registration usually begins in late February.


- JM. Burke

"If you are searching for a preschool that will inspire a love of learning that will last well beyond the preschool years, then I encourage you to visit LANK."

- C. Moreno Hines

"My three children have all been LANK students, and we have been so happy with every experience at this wonderful school..."

- G. Bayse

"Joan Wain and her staff do a phenomenal job of providing a nurturing and educational experience for the children there..."

Schedule A Tour

We encourage you to tour our school, observe our programs, and meet the directors and staff.  Time will be available for you to ask questions and you will receive all pertinent enrollment materials. 

Calendar of Events 

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 29th 2020

The Bear Necessities


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