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Preschool Education for Every Child in Fauquier County

Thank you for participating in the 8th annual 5-K Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble! Your support has greatly helped preschool children of at-risk families in Fauquier County. Relive the fun by visiting our Facebook page for event photos. Your contributions to the Learning Starts Early Fund have been invaluable, and we look forward to your continued support. Stay tuned for future updates!

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Our Mission

LSE is committed to preparing every preschool-aged child in Fauquier County to meet challenges in kindergarten and beyond.

Learning Starts Early (LSE, Inc.) began as a ministry of Saint James’ Episcopal Church & School. As of the spring of 2019, it is now an independent nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. The main focus of Learning Starts Early is to provide tuition assistance for eligible prekindergarten children to attend high-quality private preschools in Fauquier County.

LSE’s Reading Buddies program, which began in 2016, provides readers for classrooms at Central, Mary Walter Elementary School, and H. M. Pearson Elementary School. 

Early Literacy


Fundraisers enable LSE to work with Fauquier County Public Schools and Fauquier Preschool Coalition towards providing tuition assistance to local private preschools for eligible children in Fauquier County.

Tuition Assistance


Learning Starts Early’s tax-exempt status allows LSE to apply for grants from other local or regional charitable foundations, such as Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and the PATH Foundation.  



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Want to lend a hand?

LSE’s  Head Start Reading Buddies program, which began in 2016, provides readers for Head Start classrooms at Central Complex Building C, Mary Walter Elementary School, and H. M. Pearson Elementary School. The children look forward to having the Reading Buddies come to their classrooms and many request favorite books be reread again and again.

For those interested in becoming a part of this enriching experience, please note that Reading Buddies should be 18 years or older. If you meet this criterion and have a passion for sharing stories with eager young listeners, please complete the volunteer form below.

Check back to this site for additional volunteer opportunities.

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