preschool lab

Child Development Lab Preschool at Great Valley High School

  • Description of Preschool Program
    The Child Development Lab preschool at Great Valley High School is taught by a Great Valley High School Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teacher. Great Valley High School students are also in the classroom and earn high school credit for their participation. Under the supervision of the FCS teacher, high school students enrolled in Child Development classes help to implement age-appropriate learning activities for our pre-school participants. The Child Development Lab preschool offers our young learners a safe, interactive environment where age-appropriate social skills, cooperation, and teamwork skills are developed. The Great Valley Child Development preschool laboratory program provides an educational experience consistent with the Pennsylvania guidelines for child development laboratory programs.


  • Schedule
    The Child Development lab preschool operates Tuesday through Thursday according to the following schedule:

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9:15 am – 1:15 pm
    The program commences at the beginning of October and runs through the end of May when a celebration is held.

    Age Requirements

    • Students must turn age 4 on or before September 1 of the year in which they enroll.
    • Students must reside within the Great Valley School District.
    • Students must be potty-trained.

    The tuition is $650 per child and is payable in two installments. The first installment is due by September 16th and the second installment is due by January 17th. Please mail checks, payable to Great Valley School District, to the following address:

    Great Valley High School
    Attn: Ann DiMedio
    225 North Phoenixville Pike
    Malvern, PA 19355

    Enrollment & Selection
    Parents and guardians are invited to apply for enrollment in the child development lab preschool between April 1st and April 15th. Total enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year will be limited to 10 students. If applications exceed that number within the enrollment period, a lottery system will be used to invite participation. All applications received within the enrollment period will be entered into the lottery and randomly selected. The first 10 selected will be invited to enroll. Subsequent selections will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were selected.

    Parents and guardians will be notified in the second week of May regarding their child's selection for participation. Parents and guardians will then be asked to confirm or deny participation. If confirmed, the parent must then schedule an appointment and bring the necessary documents to the District Office to complete the registration process. More information about this process will be included in the parent notification letter.


    Registration for the 23-24 school year is now closed.


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