Frequently Asked Questions

What classes do you offer at Messiah?

-During the school year, Messiah offers pre-school classes for 3 and 4 year olds, as well as a 'younger 3's'  class for older 2 year olds who are toilet trained and approaching their 3rd birthday.  Messiah offers a Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten class for older 4's and 5 year olds.
-During the summer, pre-school classes are available for younger 3's as well as 3 and 4 year olds.  Messiah's summer day camp program is open for students 6-9 years old.

-Parent-Tot sessions are offered on Mondays (9:10-10:10) during the summer, fall,  winter, spring and the winter holidays. Classes are an hour long and offered one day/week for 7-10 week sessions.

What are your class sizes?

Class sizes range from 15-20 students dependent on the size of the room.  Ratios are 8-1 for most classes and 7-1 for the younger 3's

Tell me about your Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten

The maximum size of our Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten class is 15 students. Miss Terri is a state licensed Kindergarten teacher who has taught at Messiah for over 35 years. Along with her assistant, Miss Rose, the student/staff ratio falls well below most Kindergarten classes, offering personal attention to each child's abilities and potential. In addition to a competitive Kindergarten curriculum, the children partake in all that Messiah offers, including Spanish class and Christian education activities. District 64 provides on-site speech classes to qualifying Kindergarten students, as well.

The Kindergarten /Junior Kindergarten class is a 5 day program from 9am-noon with extended hours available. Hot lunch is served at noon and an enrichment period follows until 1:30.  Students take advantage of available full-day care available between 6:30am and 5:30pm.  Parents feel most comfortable knowing that their children are receiving a quality education and a healthy, safe environment without the need for additional transportation or caregivers.

Do the children need to attend the same days each week?
Yes, we offer a wide range of day and time schedules from which to select. Families contract for the days and hours that their child will be attending. They must stay consistent with the same 2, 3, 4, or 5 days they choose when registering. Extra time and/or days may be added throughout the year and contracts can be rewritten, if space allows.

Do the children need to be potty trained?

Yes,  they may wear cloth training pants, but no pull-ups or diapers.

Do we need to be Lutheran to attend Messiah CCC?

No. We are a Christian based school open to all. Our school's Christian education is presented at a child's level of understanding. We have a 15 minute, very interactive, Wednesday morning chapel service with our pastor which includes Bible stories, prayer and song.  We  pray before our snacks and lunch and we incorporate Christian education and music in our curriculum.  

What do you teach the children on a daily basis?
Each teacher has a classroom curriculum that she follows for the school year. Lesson plans include age appropriate activities that support our philosophy of providing a nurturing environment where individual physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual growth of each child is encouraged and celebrated. Included in our weekly classroom activities are chapel, music,  Bible visits from our pastor and Spanish. Calendars of monthly plans for each classroom can be found on this website.

Do you offer any extra programs?

-Our 'extra' programs include a dance/movement class and Kindermusik. The dance/movement class with Miss Pat is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:15-noon.  The class is available as an extra curricular activity (additional charge) and includes beginning dance and movement activities.  It is popular with boys and girls alike.  The children hold two performances during the year.  At Christmas, they perform 'The Peanutcracker' and in May they conclude their class with a program on the stage at LGH/Nessett.  Parents and classmates are invited to view both shows. Miss Pat has taught this class at Messiah over 15 years.

Do you have an outdoor area?

Yes. Messiah has a VERY large, fenced area for outdoor activities.  We have 2 well-equipped playground areas with climbing equipment,  grassy areas for running and group games, a large sandbox and a paved area for trikes and bikes.  Additionally, we have a patio with seating for outdoor eating and reading and many gardens for summer planting.

When can I come visit your school?
For school visits, please call 847.825.3767 or email us at messiahchildcarecenter@gmail.com to make an appointment.  Tours are scheduled between 9:15am and 1:30pm, although, if necessary, other arrangements can be made in advance. 

How do I register for the upcoming Summer Program and/or Fall Program?
We begin registration for the Summer and Fall programs at the end of January/beginning of February. Registration for summer and school year programs remain open throughout the year, as space allows. Our procedure for registration is as follows:

  1. The families currently enrolled have priority placement for the first 2 weeks that registration opens.

  2. We then open up registration to the public on a first come, first serve basis according to availability.

  3. Open registration throughout the year, as space allows.

Do you have availability now?
Please call the school to find the days and times that are currently available. Any days quoted over the phone are always filled on a first come, first serve basis. We have open enrollment until the classes are filled

Are you licensed?
Yes, we are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. We are regularly inspected by the state and local fire department and the local health department.

Please feel free to call us (847.825.3767) if you have additional questions.

Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
Director: Karen Black
1605 Vernon Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays
phone: 847.825.3767

fax: 847.823.6996

messiahchildcarecenter@gmail.com

    Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
    is a ministry of

    Messiah Lutheran Church
    Interim Pastor: David Heim
    phone: 847.823.6984
    fax: 847.823.6996

    email: Office@messiahparkridge.org

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    For privacy and safety reasons, many of the photos of children used on this site are free stock photos, and not photos of children who attend Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center.