St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool with Extended Care provides a quality early childhood education program guided by Christian philosophy and doctrine and acts as a mission outreach of this congregation to community.
History of Program
In the fall of 1991, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church initiated a new ministry for their families by beginning a Mother’s Morning Out Program. After four years and much prayer and study, this program was expanded into a preschool format incorporating a Christ centered educational curriculum.
Classes were originally held in the east wing of the campus, but were moved into a new education wing, upon the completion of a Christian Life Center in the fall of 2000. Seeking acknowledgement of the quality of our program as well as demonstrating accountability to our community, participants, and congregation, the Preschool began the rigorous national accrediting process of National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) in 2008.
NLSA, supported by more than 2000 schools, is the second largest national accrediting entity and assures parents that a high-quality Lutheran school exists wherever NLSA accreditation is found. The St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool was awarded accreditation on July 31, 2009, with continuing accreditation granted in 2019.
While St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool had met the needs of many member families and families of our extended community by providing a half-day Preschool, a barrier to enrollment and service to others existed due to the need for continued care before and/or after the Preschool classes.
With the educational emphasis of the Preschool’s core hours of instruction remaining central to its ministry, the addition of Extended Care was offered to students in the winter of 2012.
This quality education and Christian teaching of our Preschool is maintained during these hours to further enhance the preschool experience of those participating in this St. Paul’s program.
The enrollment for the 2022-23 schoolyear is 73 students, and since 1991 the St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool has touched the lives of over 800 children and their families.