Child Life



Every week is busy at CLM but October can sometimes push its limits! I think we try to get so many things done before the winter weeks set in, and because there is so much to enjoy in our changing seasons! We have put up a big tree in the hallway, filled with colorful changing leaves and before we know, it will soon be the time of Advent anticipation.

October is also Fire Safety Prevention month and last week all of our preschool classes either went to the fire station or were visited by fire fighters right here at CLM. For the younger children, it is wonderful that the firefighters come to their environment here at CLM, and we are so thankful that the McFarland Fire Department is so willing to come. The children were told about fire safety and were able to see (and hear!) the fire trucks and EMS vehicles inside and out! It was especially fun to see Harlan Hettrick in the halls all week, as he was visiting with the children. We thank the entire Fire and EMS departments for their unending service to our community. Most of the personnel in these departments are volunteers and give many hours to training and being on call day and night.

The laptop giveaway continues….:) I wrote an article a couple of years ago that we were giving away laptops to all of the children. We still have so many available and our laptops are being used each and every day! When children come in after a difficult start to their morning, or need a little extra TLC, we love to give away laptops! Sometimes an extra cuddle in the lap of a teacher is just what is needed to make the day right! Jesus even gave away his laptop to children, and said “let them come to me.

“…to such belong the Kingdom of God,
let the children come to me”

Deb Nygaard


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

CLM Schedule of Events 

Fee Schedule and Registration Forms;

2017 2018 Registration Form Needs to Completed for Each Child 

Pre-K, Tot Spot and 3 Year Old Preschool Registration Form 2017-2018 

Rainbow Center and School Age Registration Form 2017-2018



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.