Little Dukes PreSchool Program



The Little Dukes preschool offers a rich and stimulating learning environment where children can develop positive relationships with others. The curriculum focuses around play-based learning. It is through play where children learn about their world. Children are encouraged to use their imagination in costructive and engaging ways through provided play experiences.The program strives to achieve an optimal balance betwen children's self-initiated learning and adult-guided learning

Play Today
By Lila P. Flagg
You say you love your children and are concerned they learn today. 
So am I, that's why I'm providing a variety of play.  You're asking me the value of blocks and other such play;
your children are solving problems.  They will use that skill every day.
You're asking me the value of having your children play. Your daughter's creating a tower; she may be a builder some day. You're saying you don't want your son to play in the 'sissy' way. He's learning to cuddle a doll, he may be a father some day.
You're worried your children aren't learning and later they'll have to pay. They're learning a pattern for learning for they'll be learners always.

For questions regarding Little Dukes Preschool please contact Laurie Crist at 


Enrollment for Little Dukes Preschool during the 2020-2021 school year is currently on hold.  When deemed safe to operate our Little Dukes program, registration will open in October for the February session.  At that time, the financial office will begin taking registration.  Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis, and the program runs from the end of January until May (2021). *If it is decided that we may not be approved to run the program in person, we will hold registration for a virtual preschool experience.  

Preschool is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:45-11:15. Children need to attend all three days of the week in order for the high school students to complete their observation and case study requirements. Tuition for the 14 weeks is $300. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at the time of registration. Please make checks out to York High School. *If we are only approved for a virtual preschool, we will not be charging the $300.* 

Children must be between the age of 3 and 5 and be potty trained.

Important (And tentative) Preschool Dates - 2021

1st day of preschool: Tuesday, Tuesday February 2nd 

Preschool closing program: TENTATIVE Friday, May 7th 

Parent meeting: Tuesday, January 26th from 10-11AM

*Returning Parents: Please note the change in registration procedures*

To Register: Enter the school through the "main entrance" doors. You will be directed to the financial secretary, Rochanna Johnson. 

**Please make checks out to "York High School." 

A Unique Learning Opportunity

Little Dukes preschool is a laboratory school for our high school Child Development class. The preschool classroom is located within York High School. The preschool teachers are high school students who have completed the first semester Child Development course. In this class students learn about the development of children from birth through age 5 and how to promote the physical, social, and emotional development of young children. Many of the high school students are interested in early childhood careers. Under the supervision of the high school teacher, our high school students work closely with the preschool students by conducting lessons, art projects, storytelling, supervising learning centers, and coordinating games and activities to develop large motor skills. The high school students also complete observations and prepare a case study of an individual preschooler.