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McFarland Lutheran Church


Child Life


“Fall”ing at CLM!

And then just like that, it is Fall in Wisconsin! October is always a very bust month at CLM and we hit the ground running on October 1st! The week began with Preschool Picture Day and throughout the week all of our preschoolers had individual and group class photos taken, as well as all of the staff photos. I am sure that all of the staff photos caused more angst than any preschooler’s but we got them done. When the photos are finished, we will put all of the staff photos up in the hallway, along with little bios so everyone can get to know us a little better. Be sure and read all about us, as our backgrounds and experiences are very interesting and diverse, as well as our favorite snacks and drinks! Most of our staff was able to attend the staff blessing and milestone recognitions on Sunday, September 23rd and we all thank you for the warm welcome and affirmation of our role in this ministry. And the cake was delicious!

Next week is Fire Safety Week and our classes will either be walking to the fire station or the firefighters will be coming here to speak to us about fire safety. This is always one of our favorite weeks at CLM, and we are so indebted to all firefighters and first responders who help to keep us safe. The McFarland Fire Department is made up mostly of volunteers and put in many hours of training and education so they can be there when we call, Thank you!

Later this month, we will be having a Fall Family Fun Night and many of our families will also be attending the MLC Pumpkin Fest, both held here at McFarland Lutheran.

Our entire staff recently passed recertification for CPR, AED Operation, and First Aid, doing the online course and testing followed by a 2 hour “hands on” test with a certified trainer. We are required to do the full training, which included mouth to mouth CPR.

Fall is here and we all agree that “FALL”ing for Jesus is the best part of any season at CLM. Enjoy the changing colors of our world as we settle into this season of change and transition. Make each day count for you and give a smile to a stranger. It might be the best part of their day!


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.