We are very pleased with GCA!  This is our son’s first year at Guardian.   We have seen much more progress in the past 6 months than we saw in an entire year  at his previous school.  We have also, seen his confidence level go way up!
The teachers at Guardian go above and beyond the call of duty.  We especially love our son’s teach.   She truly cares about each child.  She is organized.  She communicates with parents very well – through the 1st grade newsletter, personal phone calls, and e-mail.  She goes out of her way to be available for parents!
We also are thrilled to have a wonderful director.  It’s clear that she instills confidence in her staff.  She seems to set a high standard and at the same time is very approachable and easy to talk with.  

MaryAnn H. Carlson
January 24, 2011

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Religous Exemption Certificate

In July of 1993, the law requiring all childcare centers to be regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services went into effect. Prior to that time, religiously sponsored centers operated with their own guidelines in place.

At that time, Va.D.S.S. implemented a set of guidelines by which all church sponsored preschools and childcare centers would be held accountable. These included the following:

  • Health and Fire Inspections
  • Staff Health reports
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Student / Teacher ratio requirements
  • Continuing education requirements
  • Educational requirements for program directors
  • Building requirements (square footage, number of bathrooms, etc…)


These documents are presented and reviewed every year. Church sponsored centers have the option of applying for a License or a Religious Exemption certificate. Guardian Christian Academy has chosen to apply for the certificate. This insures that we can continue to provide our faith - based programming.


As our operation is found to be in compliance with the Social Services guidelines, the Religious Exemption certificate is renewed for the coming school year. You will find the letter of approval posted right outside the Early Childhood office.