A Christ-Centered Preschool in Dover, NH

An astounding amount of growth happens between the ages of three and four. At Portsmouth Christian Academy, we partner with families during these critical years to help each child reach his or her potential. While our students may feel like they’re coming to school solely for fun, parents can see that they’re laying the foundations for future academic success, developing important social/emotional skills, exploring biblical truth, and making meaningful friendships.

Founded in 1999, our preschool program is known for:

  • A Safe Environment – From campus security to student health and wellness, safety is a top priority at PCA.
  • Nurturing Teachers – Your child will be known and loved here. Our early childhood educators are extremely qualified and passionate about their work.
  • Personalized Instruction – Our curriculum is designed to mold around the needs of the individual child. While themes and activities are consistent, the level of challenge is differentiated according to the needs of each learner in order to keep each student excited in accomplishing new things.
  • Flexible Schedules – Whether you are looking for a few mornings of fun and learning per week or full-time childcare, our preschool has a schedule option that will work for your family.

Our Curriculum 

Through instruction and hands-on discovery, we introduce students to the world of learning in a way that builds strong self-efficacy (“I can do that!”). Our main goals are to help students:

  • Develop readiness skills that promote pre-reading, as well as early math skills. When these skills are mastered, many of our students naturally move into the beginning stages of reading, writing, and computing.
  • Learn about community, including cooperative play, experimentation, and family activities.
  • Explore God’s creation, recognizing the characteristics of the world around them how they fit into that world.
  • Experience a variety of enrichment subjects such as music, art, physical education, and library.

Schedule Options


2 days (Tuesday and Thursday)
3 days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
5 days (Monday through Friday)

Half-day program: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Full-day program: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.*


3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
5 days (Monday through Friday)

Half-day program: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Full-day program: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.*

*Before and after-school care is available at an additional fee starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 5:45 p.m.


A Day in the Life

Wondering what your child’s day will look like in preschool?

The following sample schedule will give you an idea of what to expect when your child attends PCA. We offer three separate classes (Tadpoles, Frogs, and Polliwogs), and the daily flow of events may vary:


  • 8:20-8:30: Arrival. Students put away their own backpacks, lunches, and nap time things.
  • 8:30-9:15: Circle time. Students circle up to say the pledge and discuss the calendar, weather, and daily events.
  • 9:15-9:30: Bible time. Students enjoy an engaging Bible story, memorize verses, and say a prayer together with their classmates.
  • 9:30-10:00: Activity time rotation 1. Exciting, hands-on learning is planned to help students master fine and gross motor skills while building foundations for future academics.
  • 10:00-10:30: Activity time rotation 2. Students move to a different learning activity with their small groups.
  • 10:30-11:00: Snack time. Preschool students need frequent breaks to fuel their minds and bodies. Parents provide a healthy snack each day for students toenjoy with their friends.
  • 11:00-11:20: Recess. Whenever weather permits, students get to spend time outside and enjoy our awesome play structures. When it’s rainy or extra cold, recess takes place in our gym.
  • 11:20-11:45: Half-day dismissal. Students who attend our half-day program are picked up as full-day students transition to lunchtime.
  • 12:00-12:45: Lunchtime. Students may either bring a packed lunch from home or participate in PCA’s hot lunch program.
  • 12:45-1:00: Clean up/transition to rest. Students help tidyup the classroom, put away toys and learning materials, and prepare for rest time.
  • 1:00-2:05: Rest time. Most students are eager to nap during this time! If your child does not typically nap, they can rest quietly to re-energize.
  • 2:05-2:20: Students put away nap items and prepare for an afternoon of fun and learning.
  • 2:25-2:50: Center time/outdoor enrichment class. Students get to explore a number of exciting learning centers and participate in nature-based activities.
  • 2:55-3:20: Dismissal. Students pack up their things and prepare to be picked up by parents or caregivers. Those enrolled in after school care will continue learning and having fun in our Kaleidoscope program.

Request a Meeting or Visit

We would love to answer your questions about our preschool program or show you around! Contact us at (603) 742-3617 to schedule an appointment, or check out our virtual tour now. 

Portsmouth Christian Academy Preschool is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. Because, as a private school, we are approved for attendance by the NH Department of Education, we are not an NH licensed facility, but still abide by the State of NH licensing rules and regulations.