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Fast Facts About Preschool

✓ Who: Ages 3 & 4 (must be 3 by September 1st of the school year)

✓ When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 8:00-11:00 a.m. (2-day, half-day preschool)

✓ Location: Conveniently located just 1 minute from the Mountville exit of Route 30 in Lancaster County, PA

Preschool helps children prepare for the academics of kindergarten at Dayspring.

At Dayspring, we provide three levels of early childhood education:

  • Preschool: 2-Days/Week (mornings, for ages 3 & 4)
  • Pre-K: 3 & 5-Day/Week Programs (full day, for ages 4 & 5)
  • Kindergarten: 3 & 5-Day/Week Programs (full day, for ages 5 & 6)
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Preschool at Dayspring

Dayspring Christian Academy seeks to educate the whole child. At our preschool, we educate according to the Principle Approach methodology. The Principle Approach is America’s historic method of education that was prevalent during the founding era of our nation. Our private preschool program offers:

Introduction to the alphabet. Students learn a Bible hero for each letter of the alphabet, culminating with Bible character day—complete with costume!

Age-appropriate academic lessons woven together and rooted in God’s Word, including:

  • History
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Math

Guided free play, incorporating principles of self-government, order, and unity.

Circle time, which includes songs, calendar (to review date, patterns, and number order), weather, colors, and Bible stories.

Daily art and craft projects designed to reinforce the history, science, Bible, and literature focus.

In-depth field studies are a vital part of Dayspring’s Principle Approach method of education. The following field studies are offered to our Preschool students:

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Preschool students playing at Dayspring Christian Academy in Lancaster, PA

General Preschool Information: What Parents Need To Know

  • Students must be 3 by September 1. All children must be potty-trained.
  • Preschool is offered based on space availability. Each class accommodates up to 12 students.
  • Parents must provide a copy of a recent physical examination and an immunization record or letter of objection.
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is due with the registration form.
  • Class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays OR Wednesdays and Friday from 8:00 –11 a.m.
  • Tuition for the program is $1080, payable in one sum or monthly. Monthly fees are to be paid in full on the first day of each month and are non-refundable after the month has started.
  • Snacks will be provided by the school unless a student has dietary restrictions. In that case, parents are responsible to provide a snack for their child.
  • Students should wear comfortable, modest clothes that are appropriate for activity and arts and crafts.
  • Transportation is not provided.
  • Dayspring’s preschool classroom is large, bright, welcoming, and friendly. Appropriate security measures are in place to ensure that our families feel confident that their precious children are safe, loved and well-cared for.
  • Preschool programs for gifted or special needs students may be available. Please contact Dayspring’s Admissions Director, Karol Hasting, to inquire.
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Sample Dayspring Christian Preschool Schedule

Below is a general schedule outlining our busy mornings. Our teacher may flex the schedule from time to time as suits a given class.

8:00 Arrival, Centers, Guided Free Play
8:15 Opening Circle: Greeting, Calendar, and Weather (show & tell – Thursdays Only)
8:35 Bible, Songs, Memory Verse
9:05 Playground (weather permitting) or Guided Free Play In Classroom
9:25 Snack
9:40 Literature/ History Timeline
9:55 Music & Movement
10:10 Math
10:25 Art Activity or Science & Exploration
10:45 Closing Circle: Review, Prayer, and Song
Pack up and Line up
11:00 Parent Pickup

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...I have been very impressed

"I have been very impressed by Dayspring Christian Academy, and here are a few of the reasons why: First of all, I’ve been very impressed by the level of professionalism and care in the staff. I’ll never forget how my son’s preschool teacher cried as she prayed over our kids at preschool graduation. The teachers also hold children to high standards of responsibility. The principle of “self government” is taught at an early age, and a child is taught to understand that they have responsibility for their own actions.

Another thing I love is that children are taught critical thinking and public speaking starting at a young age. In Kindergarten & First Grade, kids memorize poems that they recite in front of the other classes, and by second grade, kids begin writing “orations,” a speech they write themselves on a topic of their choosing, that they present before their classes.

Lastly, I love how they incorporate the teachings of Scripture into all subjects, and how to evaluate life from a Biblical world view. Scripture memory is very important at Dayspring as well.

I’ve never known any other school quite like Dayspring. As a parent, I’ve been very impressed."

— Carmen, Dayspring Parent

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What days are Preschool offered at Dayspring Christian Academy?
Preschool is offered two days per week on Tuesday and Thursday morning OR Wednesday and Friday morning from 8:00 – 11:00.
Are programs available for gifted or students with special needs?
At Dayspring, we see each child as a unique individual, created by a loving Creator, and valued as such. It is because of this that Dayspring has created the P139 Student Support program, named for Psalm 139:14, and designed to teach students at all levels who require alternative or differentiated methods of instruction, so they may work to their potential.
Are after school programs available Preschool students?
No, after school programs are not available to Dayspring preschool students.
What field studies are offered to Preschool students?
Dayspring offers three field studies for preschool students: A field study that teaches students about the fall season, which takes place at the Country Barn Market in Lancaster, PA. A field study that teaches students about transportation, which takes place at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA. A field study that teaches students about community helpers, which takes place at Tiny Town in Lancaster, PA.
Why should I seek Christian education for my child?
The Bible clearly teaches that the responsibility of education belongs to parents, not the State. Proverbs states that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Only by teaching our children the Truth as seen in God’s Word, will we ensure that they can adequately meet the challenges of a secular world and affect that world dynamically for the cause of Christ.
What are the benefits of preschool for my child?
Dayspring Christian Academy educates the whole child. We teach according to the Principle Approach method which was prevalent during the founding of our nation. Our preschool program offers:
Can I see the school and meet the teachers?
Yes! Visiting Dayspring is a great way to get your questions answered, learn more about how the preschool operates, and see how we can meet your child's individual educational needs. Schedule a personal tour today by calling 717-285-2000!
What school safety/security measures are in place?
In the Dayspring preschool, toys and classroom surfaces are sanitized daily to maintain the health of your children. Appropriate security measures, supervision, and sanitation are in place to ensure that our families feel confident that their precious children are safe, loved, and well-cared for.

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Private tours for you and your child are available. Additionally, middle and high school students are able to experience a day of school at Dayspring through our visitation program. Call Karol Hasting at 717-285-2000 or use the button below to register.

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