Child Life



“Just click your heels three times and say, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…”

Oh, if it only were that easy to wish yourself home, as it appeared for Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz!

Over the past two weeks and in the upcoming week, I have heard and will hear a few children say, “I miss my family. I want to go home now.” While they are here beginning Preschool and School Age, they are having fun in play and learning, and suddenly they stop. And they want to go home. As staff we comfort and tell them it’s ok to miss their family, and then try the usual methods of distraction and conversation to help the time go more smoothly for them. One thing we always tell them is that we miss our family too. I shared with a little girl that I was missing my mom, and she asked if I was a kid and would my mom pick me up. I told her I was not a kid (these conversations are why everyone should hang out with  preschoolers) and that my mom was in heaven. She then asked if I will ever see her and I said yes, when it is my turn to be in Heaven I will see my mom. She then asked, “Is it your turn now?.” I caught my breath and said not yet.

Our CLM children have lots of new experiences coming to school and are busy moving themselves from one place to another. New rooms. Where are the
bathrooms? Safety drills and intruder drills. What is the Family Life Center and where do we sit in the Worship Center? And what do we do there? As we begin this fresh new experience of school or season change, or perhaps family and life change, we acknowledge that we are all moving ourselves around, but that one day we will never have to relocate again. That day will come, when it is “our turn”. Until then, we know that Jesus walks with us wherever we roam and we know there truly is No Place Like Home. Whether it be our preschoolers missing family and home, or us, missing loved ones in Heaven.

May all of your burdens be light in the Lord.  Deb



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.