Mission Statement

St. Philip Early Childhood Center Mission Statement

St. Philip Early Childhood Center (ECC), a ministry of St. Philip Catholic Church, fosters spiritual and educational growth in partnership with our student’s families and the parish community.  St. Philip ECC enables its students to achieve success by experiencing a child-centered educational program in a safe and supportive setting that is optimal for spiritual, social, emotional, and academic growth.  This foundation prepares each student for elementary school and beyond.


St. Philip Early Childhood Vision Statement

We envision St. Philip Parish and our Early Childhood Center as a family of God’s children, set aflame by the joy of the Gospel, a community of disciples inviting the world to “come and see”.


St. Philip Early Childhood Center Motto

Growing in Knowledge and Grace


St. Philip Early Childhood Center Philosophy of Learning

St. Philip Early Childhood Center (formerly Corpus Christi ECC), a Catholic school in the Diocese of Arlington, offers an early learning environment which encompasses teaching the whole child. 

We believe that each child deserves a safe, healthy, and supportive environment, that is challenging and engaging.  Our teachers use a multi-sensory hands-on learning approach to teach our faith, early academics, and social emotional skills.  Curriculum centers are theme-based and incorporate fun and learning through a play-based approach.  The Catholic faith permeates all our subjects, including beginning academics, free play and story time, music and Spanish lessons.  All classes have access to our new science lab, where students use microscopes, magnifying glasses, weights, and many other hands-on tools to explore their environment.

As a Catholic School, we encourage faith through many avenues.  Beginning in the two year old program the students learn about being a part of God’s world.  The focus on social/emotional skills is so important in helping them learn to be kind and caring followers of Christ.  The children participate in daily Religion lessons to help them grow in God’s love.  These lessons are reinforced during story time, visits to the church, attending prayer services, and enjoying visits from our parish priests.  Students learn about helping others through helping collect food for our food pantry and other outreach opportunities.

St.  Philip ECC strives to provide an educational and faith-based curriculum that allows children to achieve their highest potential.  In partnership with the parents the faculty and staff strive to help our littlest disciples prepare to become responsible, dedicated life-long learners to meet the challenging demands of our changing world.


Parent Testimonial:

As a parent who has had two children complete their preschool education at St. Philip ECC, we highly recommend this school. We couldn't have been more impressed by the preschool director's ability to remember and connect with the children before their first day of school. The faculty and staff at ECC are truly committed to the success of each student by providing a nurturing, fun, and safe environment for children to learn and grow. ECC offers a high quality curriculum and a wide range of after school activities, which has been instrumental in my childrens' seamless transition to elementary school. During their time at ECC my children have gained important social skills and increased their independence and confidence.