to Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Program for preschoolers ages 3 & 4.
Now Enrolling for September, 2016! [ CALL 231-773-2380 TODAY! ]
We are now accepting registrations for the 2016-17 school year. Registrations will be considered on a first come first served basis.
Review and complete the forms here.
The mission of Grace Lutheran ECE is to teach young children and their families about God’s love and his plan for salvation, to guide them in applying their faith to life and sharing their faith with others, to furnish them with spiritual and educational support, and to provide them with spiritual, social, mental, physical, and emotional growth in a Christian environment.
Grace Lutheran’s ECE programs are fully licensed by the state of Michigan. The director and teachers are endorsed by the state of Michigan. Our teachers are members of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod. Our program is staffed by well qualified teachers and assistants who receive on-going training in education, health, and development of young children.
Purpose and Philosophy...
Grace Lutheran Preschool operates as an outreach of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Our preschool class seeks to reach and minister to the children and families in the community by offering a high quality preschool program. We strive to assist our parents with their responsibility to teach God’s precious truths to their children.
The foundation of our educational philosophy is the development of the whole child. The cognitive, social/ emotional, physical, and spiritual growths of the child are all important.
Grace Lutheran’s ECE ministry provides developmentally appropriate preschool experiences designed to help each child grow:
...Intellectually by encouraging an enthusiasm for learning through exploration and hands-on experiences in the arts, science, math, and language.
...Socially/ emotionally by encouraging participation in group activities and play time experiences in getting along with others and developing a feeling of security and a sense of belonging.
...Physically by encouraging experiences that develop large and small muscle coordination and motor skills.
Spiritually by integrating a biblical Christian worldview throughout the curriculum and learning environment. Christ-centered character qualities are modeled through the love of our staff and the responses given to the children in our care. Bible lessons, songs, and prayer give the children an appreciation of God’s love for them.
Each child is a unique gift from God and is encouraged to progress at his or her own rate. The caring Christian atmosphere provides a warm backdrop, allowing children to feel confident as they discover their God-given abilities. The stimulating, child-centered setting offers a safe and developmentally appropriate environment where children have the opportunity to make God-pleasing choices. Experienced and devoted teachers create challenging opportunities for children to “Grow in Grace”.
The PARENT HANDBOOK [ HERE ] is handbook is designed to give you insight into our goals and procedures. We strive to provide a positive learning experience for you and your child. Please review this information, and if you have further questions or concerns, please speak to us at any time.
Director / Teacher: Dori Winkel
Our director and lead teacher is Dori Winkel, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN. Post-graduate studies have concentrated in Early Childhood Education, most recently receiving two credits from Baker College for ECE Administration. She has 17 years of teaching experience, including 8 years in early childhood programs. For the last four years, she has been substitute teaching in Muskegon County.
Teacher’s Aide: Lisa McCabe
Lisa McCabe, the teacher’s aide for Grace Lutheran Preschool, has experience in ECE from Canturberry Creek Preschool in Grand Rapids, MI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an ECE endorsement from Western Michigan University.