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McFarland Lutheran Church


Child Life



By the time you read this, CLM will be in full preparations for Advent and then Christmas! It is so much fun to see trees go up, angels in the hallway, and the sounds of Christmas songs being learned by all of the preschoolers! This is a very exciting time for us at CLM, and it never fails to let us know that the promise and excitement of Jesus stays fresh and relevant to us, each and every year. And it reminds me that there is always a new perspective brought up by a child that perhaps has not been thought of before.

Last week, we were learning songs about angels and that perhaps God called every angel out to sing over the manger in Bethlehem. I said we should sing like that whole group of angels so everyone could hear the good news of Jesus! When music was over, a 3 year old had a question about the angels. He said, “I was wondering Ms. Deb that if all the angels were at Bethlehem then who was singing over the rest of the world? Cuz someone should be singing over the rest of the world right even tho’ baby Jesus needed songs too right?”

I just sat there for a moment and said yes, someone should be singing over the rest of the world and I am sure God had that in the plan on the night Jesus was born. (And I hoped that answer suffi ced). But I have been thinking about that big question since it was asked by that little boy. Who is singing over me? Over you? Over the world, especially in times of grief or uncertainty? And can we hear the song in the midst of tears or anger or fear? I thank God for sending Jesus, because He became, and still remains our love song when we feel like there is no love or song to be found. I pray that this Advent, this Waiting and Watching time, becomes a new song for all of us in this world. And it is in the wonder of a child, that the song is written.


Tuition Assistance

This program helps children attend Preschool and continue Childcare when they may otherwise not be able to participate at CLM. Families apply for this help, understanding that their child’s spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development is so very important. Recipients and their families are grateful for the opportunity to attend this outreach ministry at McFarland Lutheran Church. You can touch a child’s life by making a donation - anything you can do will help our families in need. Tuition for a child to attend:

**Our tuition ranges from $135 to $249 which covers all our programing from Tots to School Age.

Remember you can help with any donation, a month’s tuition, or a full year’s tuition! If you are a Thrivent Member, you direct your Choice Dollars to CLM in support of Tuition Assistance. Log on to www.thrivent.com for more information. You can make a donation by writing a check to McFarland Lutheran Church or Child Life Ministries, and put “Tuition Assistance” in the memo line.

If you have any questions please contact Deb or Sara.


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.