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Welcome to St. John's Lutheran Preschool!

           St. John's Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten is located at 1009 Jackson Street (2 blocks north of the Yankton Medical Clinic).   We are a Missouri Synod Lutheran based school directly attached to St. John's Lutheran Church, who accepts all faith denominations.  Our school facility was built and dedicated in 2001.  This addition included two very spacious preschool classrooms, kitchen, in-class bathrooms, and a teacher's storage/work room. Our preschool is also an accredited establishment! We are the FIRST free standing preschool in the state of South Dakota with this honor to share with your preschool family.

Mission Statement
        The mission of St. John’s Lutheran School is "to prepare children spiritually, socially, and academically for their continued education and development while nurturing the whole child in a warm, caring, Christ-centered environment."  

Philosophy Statement
        St. John’s Lutheran School is a Christ-centered program firmly believing that each child is a unique and special gift from God.  We provide a flexible and balanced schedule of age appropriate activities emphasizing Christian principles, experimentation, and exploration.  Our classes are designed to meet the needs of each child and stimulate learning in all developmental areas.

Curriculum Goals


To know God and his son, Jesus Christ as our loving Savior and friend


To stimulate curiosity, creativity, and imagination and involve children in a basic academic program for future learning


To develop both large and small muscle groups


To encourage participation in group activities, promote sharing with others, and encourage courtesy, kindness, and helpfulness


To develop a sense of security, belonging, confidence, and independence



Program Objectives


Unbroken Periods
of Free Play

This is essential for observation, investigation and discovery on the part of the child.

Establishment of

This helps foster a feeling of security within the child, as well ashelping the teacher to maintain order in the group.

Needs of Individual

The needs of each child, apart from the group, are acknowledged and respected.

With Parents

Responsiveness to the needs of parents regarding their children and open communication between parents and staff are essential to the program.


 Program Highlights
U Class trips to the fire station, hospital, Hy-Vee, Dairy Queen, Duck Pond, fish hatchery, Lewis & Clark Lake, S.D. Parks Office to see “Smokey The Bear”, and local nursing homes to sing

U Celebration of holidays with special parties including Halloween, Harvest, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, Easter, and your child's birthday.

U Classroom visitors include firemen, police officers, dental assistants, our pets during Pet Week, “The Wisemen” & baby Jesus during Epiphany, and parents to share their jobs and talents

            St. John's Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, athletic and other school administered programs.

Contact Us  
St. Johns Lutheran Preschool & Pre-K
1009 Jackson St.
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Phone 605-665-7337
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