Early Childhood

The goal of our Lower School Early Childhood Program is to provide a safe stimulating environment where each child is allowed to explore, discover, and learn at his/her own pace. Our preschoolers are encircled in a warm, safe environment led by caring, nurturing professional teachers.
The active classroom environment is comprised of rich learning centers that allow a child choice of activities to learn and explore individually or in small groups. These experiences are based on seasonal themes, children's interests, and learning goals of which art, language, math, music, science, and social studies are key components. Children also attend art, music, physical education and science classes taught by teachers with special knowledge and interest in these subjects. 

Meaningful play is a significant element of learning at LCDS. It encompasses social, emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits that the brain needs to fully develop. Meaningful play also promotes social learning through play with other children.  
At LCDS, each child is challenged to live to their full potential in an atmosphere that fosters social, physical, intellectual, and emotional aspects of development. This strengthens a child's self-image and feelings of competence while instilling the love of learning. To foster a partnership with parents, two formal conferences are scheduled each year, and parents are encouraged to become involved in the LCDS community.

Program Specialties

  • Instruction is individualized, thematic and interdisciplinary.
  • Spanish class begins in preschool.
  • Recess and exercise are considered part of the learning experience.
  • Specialized instruction in science and art begins in preschool.

Early Childhood Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Goedkoop

    Elizabeth Goedkoop 

    Preschool Teacher
  • Photo of Justine Jago

    Justine Jago 

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
  • Photo of Carrie Martens

    Carrie Martens 

    Preschool Teacher
  • Photo of Rebecca Miller

    Rebecca Miller 

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher
  • Photo of Kevia Martin Walton '83

    Kevia Martin Walton '83 

    Junior Kindergarten Teacher

List of 4 items.

  • 100%

  • 2

    Art, Spanish and Music Classes a Week
  • 4-5

    Play-based PE Classes a Week
  • 9:1

    Student: Teacher Ratio
Lancaster Country Day School is a preschool-12th grade, coed college preparatory school with students from Lancaster, Hershey, York and Reading.