Pre K-3

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Messiah’s Pre-K 3  (older 4's) class offers a creative approach to learning in a Christian environment.  Teachers use a variety of themes to plan play-based learning in: 

  • Art (artist of the month) 

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) 

  • Dramatic Play 

  • Music (weekly music class)

  • Literacy (author of the month and letter of the week) 

  • Christian Education 

A few of our favorite themes are: 

  • Tea Party

  • Gingerbread  Making 

  • Blasting Off to Space

  • Construction 

Each day we get physical exercise through: 

  • Playing at our playgrounds

  • Playing games in our large motor room 

  • Creative movement to music

Through all the activities, an emphasis is placed on playing with others, cooperation, and working out problems independently. 

  • Morning snack is provided. 

  • 4 or 5 mornings (9:00 – noon) per week. 

  • ½ or full day extended care available, (6:30am-5:30pm).Children need to be 4-years old by September 1st.

  • Class is held in an upstairs classroom with two teachers.

  • Class size is approximately 16.

  • Daily email communication with parents.

  • Summer programs are available. 


We offer a structured, play-based approach to learning in a Christian environment.  We begin each day with a welcome time where we read a Bible story, introduce the day’s activities, and encourage children to participate in a group discussion. Later in the morning we hold a group time that includes counting the calendar, show and tell, reading a story, and dancing.

 Our play (work) time offers inviting learning centers for reading, writing, art, science (including Ipads), math, housekeeping, music, and blocks. Items change in different areas to keep the children exploring and discovering new things. 

Every day we go outside or to the Large Motor Toy room for physical exercise. 

Presented through a variety of themes, the curriculum includes activities in art, math, science, dramatic play, music, and books.  The themes will relate to our letter of the week which will encourage letter sounds for pre-reading.  A few of the favorite themes are our tea party, gingerbread making, blasting off to space, and construction. 

All of our preschool classes, as well as our Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten class, have Music, Chapel, Pastor visits, and Spanish. Find out more about these special classes.

Meet our teachers

Miss Cindy earned her B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and has taught at Messiah since March 2011.  She has worked in early childhood for over twenty-five  years as an assistant, a teacher and as a director. 

Miss Cindy lives in Des Plaines with her husband Bill.  They have two grown children, son Kurtis who is married to Andrea and daughter Laura.  And she has 3 grandsons, Kaleb, Luke and Ryan who light up their lives!  Miss Cindy enjoys working (playing) with young children, “Nothing makes me happier than when I see the ‘light bulb’ go on in a child’s brain when they understand and apply what I was teaching them a few days ago.”

About Messiah: "Messiah is a community that cares for young children in a Christian environment.  Children are encouraged to play, explore and have fun, while forming friendships with others."

Miss Lavonne began at Messiah in January 2019 and works with Miss Cindy in Messiah's Pre K-3 (older 4's) class.

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

    Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
    is a ministry of

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


    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.