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McFarland Lutheran Church


Child Life



CLM has been bustling the past two weeks! We are getting ready for Spring Programs and Pre K 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.

At the top of our happy list is Easter! I had asked some three year old children what we do to get ready for Easter and there were lots of answers. Dyeing eggs, going on egg hunts, seeing the Easter Bunny at Hilldale, getting new clothes, and finding Easter baskets were some top priorities. And after I thought about this, it seemed as if their priorities and sometimes our adult priorities can become similar in these weeks before a holiday such as Christmas and Easter. We have Easter meal plans to think about, making some fun experiences for our children and grandchildren, Easter baskets to fill, and yes, getting everyone to church on time!

I remember one Easter when my daughters were 5 and 7, and I was placed in the hospital, in an isolation unit, one week before Easter. I was already told I would be there for more than a week and I had a huge case of “feeling very sorry for myself”. Larry took care of all the Easter business for the girls, but I was sad because I thought I was going to miss it all. I remember waking up in that hospital room on Easter morning and seeing the most glorious sunrise and realized that Easter found me. In that room, by myself, Easter would not pass me by. Jesus found me, as He finds everyone. If we are with family, alone, in grief or joy, broke or bountiful, we don’t have to go looking for Easter or do anything to get ready. Jesus, in his death and resurrection, has moved into our hearts, and lives with us where we are. The presence of Jesus is not situational, He resides in us throughout every transition and life change we live, and then one day die, through.

This is the hope and promise that has been given us. And if we feel like we didn’t get all of it done, remember that Easter has already come, is here, and is coming again. And Jesus paid the cost in full.

The staff at CLM wishes all of you and families a joyous Easter! 

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;

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.