Best of Both Worlds: Quality and Affordable Education for Your Preschooler

Best of Both Worlds: Quality and Affordable Education for Your Preschooler

And just like that, suddenly your toddler has become a preschooler! 3 years old is such a big age for kids. There are so many uncertainties. Will they love preschool? Will they make lots of friends?


But all uncertainties aside, there’s one thing all parents can be sure of. We want our children to be preschool ready and we want their next year to be spent properly preparing them for kindergarten. By the time they are 4 years old they should be well on their way to becoming kindergarten ready.


Choosing the Right Preschool


Every parent wants their child to have the best education, and rightfully so! A case study by Nobel Prize-winning economist, James Heckman, showed that adults were 20% more likely to graduate high school just by attending preschool.


When choosing a preschool for your child, we urge you to choose a full time program. If simply attending preschool increases a child’s chance of graduating high school, then think of the benefits from attending a quality program with a full day of curriculum taught by certified teachers. You child’s future deserves full time, quality preschool.


Little Lukes is a full time, certified preschool offering competitive curriculum that’s taught by certified teachers. All Little Lukes teachers must be certified and must attend yearly training and continuing education. In addition, Little Lukes offers an in-house staff of speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. We believe early childhood education and development is the most important aspect of our community.


What if I can’t afford preschool? Can I receive assistance?


No parent should have to choose a lower quality education for their child due to finances. At Little Lukes, we care about our community and the future of our community.  Little Lukes proudly collaborates with the Child Care Subsidy Program to offer quality education to children of families that meet New York state’s low income guidelines. This includes people who need child care to work, look for work, attend employment training, or is already on Temporary Assistance. Temporary Assistance is available to those who are unable to work, can’t find a job, or who’s job does not pay enough. If you are not able to afford tuition fees, we urge you to apply for assistance. The Child Care Subsidy Program offers full and part assistance based off of household income.


Below is the contact information for Onondaga County and Oswego County child care assistance.


Onondaga County

John H. Mulroy Civic Center

421 Montgomery Street, 7th Floor

Syracuse, NY 13202

Phone: (315) 435-2884



Oswego County

100 Spring Street

P.O. Box 1320

Mexico, NY 13114

Phone: (315) 963-5000



Does my child need to be potty trained to attend Little Lukes?


No, there is no age requirement for children to be potty trained. We recognize all children develop at a different pace. When both parents and teachers see signs of readiness, we will nurture this by working with both you and your child, to achieve a stress-free transition for all. Potty training should be a non-stressful experience as the child transitions from diapers to using the toilet independently. Potty training is not a requirement for preschool attendance.


How can I enroll my child at Little Lukes Educational Preschool and Childcare?


Little Lukes provides an excellent curriculum, a nurturing, safe environment and caring childcare professionals to help children develop vital learning skills and social confidence. Our age-specific programs, play spaces, and state-of-the-art security systems combine to create an atmosphere ideal for early childhood education.


Schedule a tour online at or contact us at:


5820 Heritage Landing Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 701-1107


8282 Willett Parkway
Baldwinsville NY 13027
(315) 857-0800


10 Burkle Street
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 342-4600


706 South 4th Street
Fulton, NY 13069
(315) 887-5250


20 Castle Drive
Pulaski, NY 13142
(315) 298-5070


Please note: Tours typically take at least 30 minutes. Tours are typically held from 7:00am - 5:00pm on weekdays.


Certified Preschool Near Me


Little Lukes is a leading Syracuse and Oswego County education provider with five inclusion preschool locations. The early education program includes credentialed and caring staff that specializes in comprehensive infant, toddler and pre-kindergarten development.


Additional services include pediatric speech therapy, pediatric physical therapy and pediatric occupational therapy. Preschool locations include Dewitt (East Syracuse), Baldwinsville (Radisson), Oswego, Fulton, and Pulaski.