About the Little Blues Preschool

The Early Childhood Program at Culpeper County High School is an occupational training program that gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to work with preschool children in an educational lab setting. This experience enables the high school student to develop a number of valuable skills including:


  • How to lesson plan and implement curriculum units

  • Leading instruction/teachingImplementing Virginia preschool SOLS in all activities that they plan

  • Creating meaningful relationships with children

  • Performing daily puppet showsPlanning daily story time

  • Providing a safe, healthy learning environment

  • Promoting physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development

  • Creating a curriculum responsive to participants’ needsPromoting positive and productive relationships with families

  • Maintaining careers and professionalism


Many students enrolled in this Career and Technical Program have career aspirations to be teachers, childcare employees, or pursue other careers working with children upon graduation. The preschool is overseen by Ms. Jennifer Mullen, a licensed Family Consumer Science educator at Culpeper County High School. Students enrolled in Early Childhood Education I and Early Childhood Education II spend their time in the preschool executing the activities listed above as well as all other potential demands of running a preschool. Furthermore, Early Childhood II students have the exciting opportunity to earn college credit as our program collaborates with Germana Community College. Preschoolers always enjoy a one-to-one ratio with our high schooler students, who we like to call our “big blues”, throughout the school day. This program is designed to benefit both the preschooler and the high schooler. The opportunities are endless for your child in this unique preschool setting. Please read the information on this website and contact Jennifer Mullen for more details at jmullen@culpeperschools.org or at 540-825-8310 Extensions: 6392 (voicemail) 6394 (preschool).