Child Life



In the last newsletter, the wrong date was given for our public Open School and Registration Evening

The correct date is Monday, February 25th beginning at 6:00 PM.

On the Weather Channel, there is a show called “Extreme Weather” which I enjoy watching on occasion. After last week’s EXTREME Wisconsin weather, I have decided that watching weather is a much safer experience than actually being a part of it. My open cupboard doors to under the sink pipes were becoming a design statement in the house, and trying to keep the drafts sealed became almost a full time job. CLM was closed for 3 days and it has taken us some time to get back into our schedule after so many days at home, IN home, and not being able to do anything outside. Watching people in the Madison Community open their doors to the homeless and knowing people were outside looking for those who needed shelter, brought my mind back to a more humble and grateful place. I had a place to stay, I was warm, I was not hungry, and I had back up plans if they were needed. Now, it is good to be back to our home and school schedules, but I am trying to learn to not take all of the comforts for granted and to be more thankful for what I have, rather than fear what I might lose. I am a work in progress on that one.

Looking forward to the month ahead, we are getting prepared for Guest Days in Preschool, Spring Conferences, Spring Programs, (Spring….!), and of course sharing some Valentine’s Day Fun with one another! We are singing songs about the love of Jesus and sharing that love with one another. It is good  to see the hall and wall art turn from colors of white and gray to pink and red!

We want to welcome a high school student into CLM who will be observing and volunteering in the classrooms during a part of the week. Lexi Hettiger will be assisting staff and doing an internship with us this semester. Many of the children already know her as she teaches at The Little Gym in McFarland, and I know her because she was in my preschool class at CLM when she was 3 and 4 years old! Welcome back to Lexi and we all look forward to spending time with her!


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 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;

2019 2020 Registration Form Needs to Completed for Each Child 

Pre-K, Tot Spot and 3 Year Old Preschool Registration Form 2019-2020 

Rainbow Center and School Age Registration Form 2019-2020



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.