Child Life



We are packing as much as we can into the month of November.  A bonus to this busy month is that we are also enjoying some beautiful weather for outside play and we treasure each sunny, leafy day that we can be outside. We know it will not be long until that frost we saw a few days ago turns into something a little brighter, a little whiter, and will last a little longer!

We had so much fun singing for worship on All Saints Day and even though the voices were a little soft, the spirit was strong!  We cannot thank this congregation enough for the continued support for the ministry of CLM. As we go into this “dedicated” time of thanksgiving, we are reminded to give thanks for each and every moment we have. The focus of Thanksgiving at CLM is family and friends, and sharing our thanks and love with others around us. We keep thanksgiving in words and activities that are familiar to them and keeping our cultural awareness in the present. There has been fun and learning in making very cute turkeys, talking about family traditions and foods we like to eat, and listing things and people we are thankful for. 

Our hearts and voices are also turning towards the time of Advent and in practicing music for our Christmas Programs. Over the weekend, a family told me their preschooler is singing a song about a donkey and a “lady getting ready to have a baby and she needs to get to some town very soon!” That was music to my ears!  As we linger in the thoughts of thankfulness, we transition into giving thanks to God for the best gift ever, the gift of delivering Jesus to our doorstep, right where we are, no matter where we are. In joy and grief, silliness and sadness, Jesus will come, has come, and will come again. I lean on that promise come true and I pray that you will as well.

I wish everyone a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and hope. We hope that all schools and churches remain safe havens for our children, and our sisters and brothers in faith.  We give gratitude and thanks to all of those who serve or have served in the military, and to all of those community members who protect us and those we love.

Giving thanks, with a grateful heart,



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.