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About Our Preschool Program

Serving the Greencastle-Antrim community for more than 50 years, the E.L.C. Preschool provides a quality education in a nurturing environment, helping your child’s social, emotional, and physical growth. We provide children with the skills they need to succeed in that first, important step into kindergarten.

The preschool program is a community ministry of Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Our program prioritizes self-confidence, ability to follow directions, and independence. We also emphasize the development of social skills, such as self control and cooperation. Through play, activities encourage speaking and listening skills, recognition of letters of the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and the use of large and small muscles.

Classes meet from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from the first week in September through the last week in May. An extended program runs to 1:00 PM on Thursdays for a small additional fee.

Children must be four years old before September 1.

We follow the Greencastle-Antrim School District calendar for holidays. Class is canceled if GASD is closed due to weather.

Registration for the 2024-25 school year is open now. Register online or complete the paper form and return it to the church office with the one-time registration fee of $40.

Once the program is full, additional registrations will be taken and added to a waiting list. The registration fee will only be collected on a waitlisted registration if a spot opens and is accepted.

Standard tuition for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years is $145 per month; extended tuition is $160 per month. Payments can be made by check to the church office or online using the button below.

The Evangelical Lutheran Preschool in Greencastle admits students of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin.

All staff and volunteers responsible for the care, supervision, guidance, or control of children at Evangelical Lutheran Church and its preschool program have cleared background screening and training in accordance with Pennsylvania law and ELC’s Child Protection Policy.

Rachael R.
Keri and Mendy are true professionals, and you can tell they have a passion for teaching.
Polly C.

Speaking as a retired educator, this program offers children the opportunity to gain skills needed in a nurturing learning environment. Ms. Keri and Ms. Mendy are such a great team and will work with each child to set them up for a successful transition to kindergarten. Speaking as a grandmother, I personally observed how wonderful ELC is as two of my grandsons have been prior students. You just cannot find a better team of teachers whose dedication to learning is evident through the success of their students. And I think I speak for many other families as well. Great program!

Our Staff

Keri Papa is our head teacher and joined the program in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Oswego State University and Master of Science degree in Education from Mercy College. She also has a Public School Teacher Certification in New York. Keri is the Christian Education Director at her church.

Mendy Bishop joined the program in 2017 as teaching assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University. She volunteers for the Greencastle-Antrim Parent Teacher Association and serves as co-chair of the GAPS Character Cash Program as well as volunteering in the classroom.

Carol Rockwell is Evangelical Lutheran Church’s office administrator and helps the Preschool program with registration, tuition, and supplies.

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