Child Life


Swinging Into Spring….

And it is about time, right? I think we are all feeling ready to shed the winter past and put on the hope of Spring. For me, the time of Lent allows me to transition my thoughts on the possibility of fresh beginnings and renewed hope and strength for my faith. As this internal renewal take place, my external world is also changing. More sunshine every day, robin sightings, and even under the snow we know there is an amazing miracle happening of regrowth. I pray that as you journey through this time of Lent, you feel the internal stirrings of renewal as well. Even in times of sadness, loss, grief, and melancholy, Jesus does not give up on us. He even took compassion and forgiveness to the cross, and gave it away.

“…Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading, dying for me and for you.” This is our Jesus.

We have taken the big Spring Swing at CLM. After a successful Book Fair, our hallways can now be filled with images of Spring. Soon you will see flowers and rainbows, butterflies and bugs! It is so much fun to see the changes in the halls and in our rooms. Rainbow South has lambs and lions playing together, and soon, big blooms will be blooming!

We welcome two new staff members to CLM. Tatiana Brown and Hailey Young have joined our team as Teaching Assistants and are so excited to get to know the children. They will mainly be at Rainbow South, but sometimes working in other programs along with our lead teaching staff.  We are blessed with an amazing staff, and together, our staff has a combined longevity at CLM of about 150 years!

Looking ahead, our preschool classes will be on Spring Break March 27th to April 1st. Our School Age and Rainbow Students will be with us and we have exciting plans for the week.

So let’s Swing Into Spring and let Jesus provide the push we need to move forward.

One in Spirit with you,



Rachel Scott, our Lead Teacher for CLM’s school-age, afterschool program, celebrated her 10-year staff anniversary on March 12th. On that day, we recognized Rachel at our 10 A.M. worship service, and asked God to continue to bless and strengthen her ministry among us. Thanks be to God for Rachel and her work with elementary-age children and their families!


We offer preschool programming from Tot Spot (2.5 yr. to 3), 3 and 4 Year Old Preschool, Rainbow Center Full Day Care for preschoolers, After School Care through 4th grade, and everything in between! CLM offers an excellent PreK Kindergarten Readiness Program for 4 and 5 yr. olds, and YOU get to choose CLM as the location! Our programs offer creative ways to learn through play and discovery, music appreciation, the best gym in town, and (the best part!) being able to gather weekly in worship together.
Summer will ROCK at CLM and plans are underway for a “Rock”ing good time in our School Age Program. We also offer a Stepping Stone Preschool Program during the month of June for children between the ages of 3 and 5.

Please give us a call at 838-4425, or email us at for more information or questions.

CLM is a Ministry of McFarland Lutheran Church

Deb Nygaard


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  CLM Schedule of Events



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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.