Child Life



This week we will be ending our preschool programs at CLM until fall. The year (as it always does) has gone by very quickly and we have had a flurry of amazing programs, picnics, and pack and play days. The snow and ice puddles have turned into mud puddles and the street sweepers have replaced the sound of snow plows. All signs that another year at CLM is coming to an end.
Last week, the CLM 3 Yr. classes, Tots, and After Care Rainbow classes held their Spring Program. We used every chair in the Family Life Center! And this past Monday, our CLM PreK held their Music and Recognition Service. We are so proud of each and every one of these children and we thank their families for choosing CLM. I would also like to thank Luanne Platt for giving years of volunteer hours attending our dress rehearsals and playing guitar at our programs. The trust and confidence we are given in teaching and loving their children is such a blessing and we count it as a privilege to be a part of their important early learning years.
I would like to thank our Preschool Teaching Staff for their dedication to the work of loving children where they are right now and being some of the most patient people I know. Jean Stube, Andrea Barnes, Sara Phelan, Vicki Radloff. Jessica Roth, Kate Molenaar, and Chris Cole have spent the year giving their best to each child.
I would also like to thank Ken Brost and Dick Kohl for their unending help in setting up and taking down risers, adding and removing bulletin boards, moving furniture, and moving it back, and just helping us whenever we asked. More thanks will be extended in the next newsletter, so please look forward to that.
Finally, with Memorial Day approaching, we would like to honor all of those who have given their lives in service to our country. Our prayers are with their families who continue to grieve their loss.

Deb Nygaard

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.