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McFarland Lutheran Church


Child Life



Summer is here!  The hallways were filled with excitement but there was also some tears being shed on the last day from children, parents and teachers!  The teachers love the children (and families) like their own!  After watching them grow and learn for the last nine months or even longer, depending on the program…it is hard to say good bye!  One of the benefits of living and working in McFarland is we can tell our classes…” We’ll see you around town!”  Over the school year many of us have seen children from our classes when we are out and about whether it is at a park, library, Pick-N-Save or The Café!  It always brings a smile to a teacher’s face when you hear a little voice, say your name and you turn around to see a great big smile that usually comes with a hug!

Now it’s time for summer fun!  Some of the staff take the summer off and enjoy time with their families and friends!  The rest of the staff including some new summer staff are here and ready for our summer programs!  The summer preschool staff has a fun few weeks of Head to Toe planned for summer preschool.  We have two full classes for summer preschool this summer. 

The School Age and Rainbow Center staff had last Friday, June 8th to transition into our summer program!  We used that day to clean, rearrange the rooms, switch toys and games out, and make sure everything is ready to go Monday morning!  Monday they were ready to welcome back families and welcome new faces to our CLM family!
Sara Phelan



Thank you so much for having this scholarship fund available for the little ones and their families. This is our 2nd child to attend CLM preschool and we are so blessed to be able to finish out the year. My husband and I want to express our deepest gratitude for your generosity. The teachers at CLM are a wonderful blessing and this truly is a wonderful ministry. Many thanks!

Much Peace,

A CLM family


Click on the following link to see the Schedule of Events for All CLM Programs.

CLM Schedule of Events 

Fee Schedule and Registration Forms;

2018 2019 Registration Form Needs to Completed for Each Child 

Pre-K, Tot Spot and 3 Year Old Preschool Registration Form 2018-2019 

Rainbow Center and School Age Registration Form 2018-2019



Child Life Ministries (CLM) is an important ministry to the children and families within McFarland and the surrounding communities, as a preschool and childcare provider for children ages 2 1/2-10 years. It is a joy and a privilege to serve you.  Please watch this 5 minute Video about CLM.


The Child Life Ministries offers programs for preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school-aged children as well as full time child care. See a brochure about CLM or read more about our programs.



We believe that in order for children to grow and learn, they must have a program that provides a nurturing and comfortable environment that is structured to meet the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of each individual child. Our program focuses on the development of the whole child. Our philosophy has its roots in our Christian belief that each child is a special and unique gift from God. Our philosophy is also largely based on the work of Erikson and Piaget and so we feel that children develop sequentially from one stage of development to another. Therefore, we provide children with opportunities that will challenge them and aid in their progression from one stage to the next. We also believe that children learn by doing. Active learning and its components are important parts of our curriculum.

Mission Statement

McFarland Lutheran Child Life Ministries is an outreach ministry of McFarland Lutheran Church to the young children of our community and their parents. Academic growth evolves through Christian care, worship, music, art, play, sharing, and story. Our school and childcare center embody a Christian atmosphere of love, acceptance, grace, and forgiveness to each individual child.


Our Child Life Ministries began in 1979 with the Martin Luther Christian Day School corporation. Since then our ministry has grown to expand on the preschool by the addition child care and after school care. More on our History.


Meet our staff.


Access the Family Guidebook.


Access the Enrollment and Registration Forms.


Answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Read the McFarland Lutheran Church newsletter and look for the Child Life Minitries article.