Early Childhood Education Guidelines

Guidelines and Policies for Early Childhood Education Programs

About VMFA’s Early Childhood Education Programs

In the VMFA’s Early Childhood Education programs, infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children discover the world around them through playing, singing, exploring, and creating. Held throughout VMFA’s campus, these programs support a child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity, and promote self-expression and social development.

Class Procedures & Guidelines

Check-in Procedures
Upon arriving please wait patiently until child/adult pairs are ready to be checked in by staff. Caregivers will sign the roster to confirm they are present. Play materials in the Early Childhood Classroom are available for children to explore freely for the first 5-10 minutes of class. The class will begin with clean up and welcome circle. Prompt arrival helps children settle in and gain a solid understanding of the structure of class.

Class Size
Enrollment is limited to 10 children and 10 adults. One adult per student is permitted to attend class with students. At this time, no extra adults are allowed to join.


Fees are nonrefundable except when VMFA cancels a class. Classes may not be substituted or switched once registration is complete. Be sure to mark your calendar and save your confirmation email upon registering. If VMFA cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment, issues with technology, or health concerns, participants will be notified as soon as possible and reimbursed fully.


Scholarships are available for Early Childhood programs! For more information, or to request a Scholarship Application Form, call 804.340.1343 or email earlychildhood@vmfa.museum.


We value your opinion and may ask you to complete a survey upon exiting the class session or via email at a later date.

Questions About Programs
Email: earlychildhood@vmfa.museum
Phone: Lori Coffey, 804.340.1343