Child Life


Looking For Easter!

CLM has been bustling the past two weeks! We are getting ready for Spring Programs and PreK Recognition Evening, as well as scheduling some end of year field trips and finally being able to enjoy the beautiful outside weather! The days and weeks go by very quickly and we are fitting it all in before the end of our year.

On the Monday of Holy Week, one of the Pre K children saw me in the hallway and asked me if I was looking for something. She said “you look like you are looking and I was thinking you are looking for Easter. Ms. Deb, are you looking for Easter?” At first I said no, but then I thought gosh, I guess I am! And that gave some inspiration for leading worship the next day. As I thought about our journey through Holy Week, and all of the events that took place I gathered palm branches, a small bag of coins,  garden flowers, a large railroad nail, and Dick and Ken helped nail a wooden cross together. We thought that Easter was supposed to be happy, but these components of the story did not convey happiness, but the sadness of Jesus’s death on the cross. It was in the empty tomb on Easter morning that all was “found”, because Jesus was not there! He was alive and well, and had gone through such agony so we could be found in him. Jesus took all of our deaths to the cross with him, so we would be raised forever to him!

Every day, we live again to find Easter, to find Jesus in the midst of all that is wrong in our life and in our world. And we find it over and over in the empty space that held our Lord’s body. He is not missing. He was never lost.

Thanks Be To God!

Vacation Bible School

June 25 - 29 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Registration forms are now available at the Welcome Desk.

$20 per child / $40 per family (before 6/18)

$30 per child / $60 per family (after 6/18)

Hope you’re able to join us!


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


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

  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.