Our History

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.
With only five small preschool pioneers and one teacher on staff at its inception, LANK quickly became a cornerstone of the Lake Anne Village Center and the larger Reston community.

During this time, the idea of sending children to preschool was on the cutting edge, as most children did not attend school prior to Kindergarten. As the idea began to catch on, LANK quickly outgrew its space at Lake Anne Village Center, and in 1972, moved to its current location on 2 ½ beautiful wooded acres on North Shore Drive. The new building was funded by the community and was designed specifically to meet the educational needs of young children. The building was awarded the prestigious AIA Award for Architecture. The building is characterized by comfortable nooks and crannies, as well as large floor to ceiling windows which lets in tons of natural light!

In 2000, another wing of the building was added in order to provide a spacious Junior Preschool suite as well as a multi-purpose room and teachers' conference room. In the years to follow, many renovations have been made to update the building and grounds to accommodate over 20 staff members and the 200 students that occupy it during the school year. Many of our current preschool students had parents that attended LANK, and we are never surprised when visitors share a special memory of a beloved teacher, or try to find their original cubby space!

With over 50 years of educating children, we are grateful for the generous support of so many families and their vital role in LANK's achievements. We are dedicated to our mission and look forward to serving the Northern Virginia community well into the future.

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