Child Life



It is hard to believe it is July already! The School Age and Rainbow Center friends have been busy having fun this summer! With all the rain we have had lots of mosquitoes outside on the playground! A big thank you to Ken for trying to help us by spraying the grass to help keep those mosquitoes away. The Family Life Center has always has been a huge blessing especially in the summertime when it’s too wet, hot or the bugs are just too bad! We have gotten a new bean bag game to play, Twister, and have been learning new group games.

Of course, field trips are a favorite in the summer for the children and the staff! It’s a time for us to get out of our normal routine and show others how great the kids of CLM are! (And the teachers too!) So, far this summer we have went to the Café for ice cream, Deerfield Dream Park, Whitewater Aquatic Center, Troll Beach and Sun Prairie Kids Club. The Rainbow Center South friends have been walking to library for story time when the weather has cooperated.

The teachers and children have enjoyed some down time in the classrooms too! Once a week the School Age friends do Kids in the Kitchen and make their own snack. It usually goes around their theme of the week. Both of the Rainbow Centers have a “Camp Theme” in their dramatic play area for the last couple of weeks! The children are enjoying playing in the tent, with the pretend grill and all other camping accessories.

We can’t wait to finish out the rest of the summer with more fun!


Sara Phelan, Administrator



Thank you so much for having this scholarship fund available for the little ones and their families. This is our 2nd child to attend CLM preschool and we are so blessed to be able to finish out the year. My husband and I want to express our deepest gratitude for your generosity. The teachers at CLM are a wonderful blessing and this truly is a wonderful ministry. Many thanks!

Much Peace,

A CLM family


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.