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A Principle-Approach® Pre-K–12 Christian School in Lancaster County, PA


Dayspring Christian Academy’s 3- and 5-day Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programs in Lancaster, PA offer a refreshing answer to families who seriously desire to launch their child’s education in a program that is academically rigorous in a loving, nurturing environment.


Fast Facts About Pre-K

✓ Who: Ages 4 and 5 (must be 4 by September 1st of the school year)

✓ When: 3-Day (Mon/Wed/Fri) and 5-Day Pre-K Programs are available; both are Full-Day Pre-K

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

Dayspring’s private Pre-K program in Lancaster County, PA uses The Principle Approach®, a biblical method of education that helped forge our nation.

Early Education at Dayspring

Preschool in Lancaster, PAAt Dayspring Christian Academy, we provide three levels of early childhood education:

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

Pre-K is a 3-day all day program. An optional 2 additional enrichment days creates a full 5-day Pre-K program to parents who are seeking a full-time Pre-Kindergarten program.

Purpose of the Full-Day Pre-K Program

  • To fortify the love for God that is being taught at home.
  • To instill a love for the special gift of learning that God has given to each of us.
  • To assist parents in training their child in Christian manners and habits.
  • To begin the process of fitting the child for usefulness in his/her future.

Dayspring’s private Christian Pre-K program sows seeds of learning in each distinct subject. Children expand their God-given love of learning through The Principle Approach® method of education, which was used during the colonial and founding periods in America.

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Pre-K Curriculum & Program Options (3-Day & 5-Day)

This level is appropriate for the child who has turned 4 years old by September 1.

  • Children begin to learn the rudiments of the subjects like science, history, and geography.
  • They view God as the author of every subject with a purpose and plan for each in our modern world.
  • They begin to record their learning in their own hand.
  • They even begin to reason from the Bible in every subject area.

This intentional method of teaching and learning teaches students to think and reason, not just regurgitate facts.

3-Day All Day Pre-K Program, Mon/Wed/Fri

The program is activity-oriented, while introducing the structure and rigors of a formal classroom setting.

As a first step into scholarship, the student notebook is introduced and students begin formal steps toward reading through the Sound Sensible® program. Seeds of scholarship are sown in every academic subject in an inspirational manner.

Christian Pre-K in Lancaster, PA Teacher: Dr Shelly Hilton

Dr. Shelly Hilton, Developmental Kindergarten Teacher

Highlights Include:

  • Developing early math skills
  • Beginning phonemes and short vowel sounds (many students are reading by the end of the year)
  • Memorizing a Bible verse representing each letter of the alphabet
  • Exploring music, art, the environment around them to experience the wonder of creation
  • Experiencing a science unit on farm animals, with a trip to Long’s Park
  • A Classical literature focus on:
    • The life and works of Beatrix Potter
    • Mother Goose rhymes, including a character dress-up day
  • The use of art and drama to enhance studies in the rudiments of every subject, including the biblical foundation of each
  • Being introduced to technology, as it is brought directly into the classroom curriculum
  • Growing in physical education—we incorporate an action-based learning program that prepares the brain for input using challenge, feedback, and physical activity through stations

Pre-Kindergarten At-A-Glance

  • Class Size: 17
  • Number of Classes: 1
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 8:1
  • Before/After School: Programs available
  • Programs for gifted or students with special needs? Yes. Please check our Learning Services page for details.
  • School Security/Safety protocols, etc. Dayspring’s Pre-Kindergarten 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.
  • Tuition: $5,886 for 3-day Pre-Kindergarten
  • Financial Aid Info: Tuition Assistance is available. Call John Riddell at 717-285-2000 for details.


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Supplemental 5-Day Pre-K Program: Base 3-Day All Day Program + 2 Full Enrichment Days

In addition to the curriculum of the 3-day program mentioned above, parents may supplement their child’s learning by enrolling them in our 2 day/week I.D.E.A.! program to create a 5- day all day Pre-K schedule.

Standing for Inspire, Discover, Explore, Achieve, I.D.E.A.! is Dayspring Christian Academy’s supplemental Pre-K for 4- and 5-year-olds. This optional 4th and 5th day of learning-enriched Pre-K takes place in a hands-on environment and is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Having the class size capped at 17 means there’s more 1:1 time for your child with the teacher (Dr. Shelly Hilton).

Highlights Include

The guide behind the I.D.E.A supplemental Pre-K program encompasses the following attributes:


  • Community-style learning where children are able to share their ideas while also learning to listen to their neighbor.
  • Dedicated time where students can seek to apply biblical principles from direct Bible reading to their lives.
  • Planned brain breaks throughout the day to allow student to refresh their emotional and intellectual think tanks.


  • To expand the student’s knowledge in the areas of science and history and put into practice all they have learned through the use of STEM, collaborative group projects, history character studies, as well as other creative avenues.


  • Getting an opportunity to explore their God-given creative abilities through art, drama, and music.
  • Learning how to be good stewards of the world God has given us by exploring and learning about our National Parks as Jr. Rangers.


  • To allow students to capitalize on language, spelling, and math skills already learned and to further their individual abilities in these foundational skills.


  • Class Size: 17
  • Number of Classes: 1
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Why Dayspring?

What sets Dayspring apart from other Lancaster County preschools? Those who have come through Dayspring Christian Academy acknowledge that it is different than other Christian schools. This difference can be clearly seen in the way we educate our students. Even in the early years, students are taught to view each subject through the lens of God’s Word. This enables them to see, hear, and understand how God is present in every area of life. Emphasis is placed on character development, teaching children the concept of self-government (self-control) and the liberty that comes as a result of it.

The goal of a Dayspring education is to equip students as faith-filled, biblical thinkers who pursue Christian character, communicate confidently, innovate purposefully, and live courageously as tomorrow’s leaders.


How to Apply

  • Schedule a private tour!
    • Private tours for you and your child are available. We’ll work with you to find a date/time that’s convenient. Contact us to schedule a tour »
    • The next open house is scheduled for February 2022. Check back soon for open house dates and times!
  • Currently enrolling for school year: 2021-2022 (plan ahead – we begin accepting applications in January for the upcoming school year!)
  • How to Apply:
    • Step 1: Fill out our online application
    • Step 2: Attend an interview and intake testing.
    • Step 3: Submit the required forms and documentation.
  • Form to Submit:
    • Parents must also provide a copy of a recent physical examination and an immunization record or letter of objection. You can find all of the forms necessary for enrollment in our Form Library.
  • Registration fee: All fees are included in the cost of tuition.


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