About Us

We offer a quality, innovative program designed for children ages 2.5-7. Children who attend Sunrise Learning Center are surrounded by materials that are open-ended and multi-sensory in nature. The spiral integrated curriculum is centered around young children's development and maturation. Our indoor and outdoor spaces are designed specifically for children to grow comfortable in their bodies and the physical world.

     The goal of our mixed-age classes is to develop a sense of wonder in the young child and a reverence for all living things. This creates a firm foundation and eagerness for the academics that follow.


The program is an extension of the structured transition from home-life to school-life. The young child learns through imitation, repetition and creative play. Children become accustomed to working within a group, listening to stories, interacting with a teacher, and following a daily routine. At the same time, they are aided in development as individuals through:

  • the encouragement of creative play (indoors and outdoors),

  • practical life skills (including gardening and cooking),

  • artistic opportunities (self expression with a variety of media) and

  • a gradual introduction to academics:  early literacy, numeracy and arithmetic, social studies and science


Children are prepared for the academic, social and artistic challenges of the elementary grades.

     Our program follows a holistic model of child development and uses an active, exploratory pedagogy vs. a scripted, instruction-based model.  Holistic Education is a set of of beliefs based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values.  Creative, complex, integrative and syncretic learning is valued and promoted over simple mimicry and recall behaviors. The growth of the whole child is addressed and nurtured:
PHYSICAL: large motor or gross motor, small muscle or fine motor, perceptual-motor or eye-hand coordination, sensory integration, good health, self-care, self-control & -regulation
COGNITIVE:  thinking, problem solving, discovery, language, curiosity, interest in learning
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL:  self-understanding & acceptance, relations with others, self-concept, emotional expression, personality, temperament
CREATIVE:  original thinking, imagination, verbal expression, non-verbal expression, use of multiple forms of representation & symbol systems
     Our program design draws inspiration from several early childhood approaches that share key principles:  Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Montessori and High Scope.  And, it is informed by current research and best practices in the field of early childhood education.  Our teachers have teaching experience and are knowledgeable about progressive educational approaches to meet the needs of today's children.
 Upcoming Events             2020
January 19
February 16
March 15
 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Open Houses are designed for prospective parents and children who are interested in enrolling for the  2019-2020 school year: 


  • PreK-3 Program (2.5-4 year olds)

  • PreK-4 (4.1-4.10 year olds)

  • Kindergarten Program (4.10-5.2 year olds)

  • Grade 1 Program (5.3-7 year olds)


Classrooms will be open and school staff will be present.  Bring your child & your questions.

Individual appointments are available upon request. Wait Lists are also in place.

We have a rolling admissions policy so contact us at any time with your requests.

Contact for more information: sunriselearningc@gmail.com

OR call 434-390-6709

Sunrise Learning Center

400 High Street

Farmville, VA 23901

Located in the Parish House of Johns

Memorial Episcopal Church, ground floor

Corner of Buffalo, St. George & High Streets

(434) 395-0140

(434) 390-6709


Sunrise Learning Center is a private, independent, non-sectarian and non-profit school. SLC admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.