Our Philosophy & Services

The Good Shepherd Preschool

As an educational ministry of Highway Assembly of God, The Good Shepherd Preschool is dedicated to providing a strong academic program that integrates Christian character and biblical truths into every area. Our purpose is to train children to be academically equipped for kindergarten, to be spiritually prepared for Christian service, and to develop a lifelong Christian worldview.

The Good Shepherd Preschool promotes the development of the total child. Since children are developmentally different, we feel that each child deserves the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace with a carefully designed curriculum created to meet individual needs. Our staff of well-trained teachers and classroom assistants creates an environment to stimulate learning, permit social interaction, and develop a feeling of security and self-confidence in a play-based atmosphere.

Our Philosophy

We have designed an individualized half-day program that begins with low student-teacher ratios in all of our classrooms. Classroom experiences are enriched by music and physical education programs, arts and crafts, educational learning centers, dramatic play, creative play, socialization, field trips, story times, free play indoors and outdoors, and numerous extra-curricular activities based upon Christian principles.

Every student will gain phonic and early reading skills, introductory mathematics and science skills, as well as handwriting and fine motor enhancement. Special preschool activities include:

  • Chapel Lessons monthly in the sanctuary
  • Mothers’ Night in the fall
  • Thanksgiving Feast in November
  • Christmas Program in December
  • Fathers’ Night in the spring
  • Family Picnic in May
  • End-of-Year Program & Graduation Ceremony in May
  • Field Trips (fire department, pumpkin patch, and others)

The Good Shepherd Preschool has met all requirements by the Commonwealth of Virginia for religiously exempt child day centers. The Good Shepherd Preschool is operated under the guidance of a Board of Directors, is financially non-profit and self-sufficient. Our tuition rates are competitive and discounts are available for siblings. Limited scholarship funds are available on a yearly basis, with distribution based on financial need.

What We Offer

We offer both three-day-a-week and five-day-a-week programs for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. All classes meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and are supervised by experienced lead teachers assisted by classroom aides.

We also offer before school care from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., extended care from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and after-school care from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Preschool Registration Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

Highway Assembly of God Member Registration:  Registration for the new school year opens on January 6, 2019, for children whose parents are members of Highway Assembly of God. A “Registration Opening Day”  will be hosted at Highway Assembly of God in the church’s Fireside Room on Sunday, January 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration forms are available in the church vestibule, or can be downloaded from the link below. Please contact the preschool office at preschool@highwayag.org or (540) 371-4343 for details. After Opening Day, preschool registrations can be mailed to the church or hand-delivered to the church office.

Open Registration:  Registration opens to the general public on January 15, 2019. The registration form is available below. Forms are also available at Highway Assembly of God, 2221 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, in the church vestibule. A “Registration Open House” will be hosted at Highway Assembly of God in the church’s Fireside Room on Tuesday, January 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday, January 18, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the education building. Please contact the preschool office at preschool@highwayag.org or (540) 371-4343 if you have any questions. Following the Registration Open House, preschool registrations can be mailed to the church.