Welcome to Zion Lutheran School’s Early Childhood Page!
Ministering to Families in Jesus’ Love While Embracing & Enhancing Each Child’s Gifts!
Zion Early Childhood Program offers sessions for children 18 months through 5 years of age. Children attend 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week: half or full day. Approximately 230 young students fill our classrooms every week!
Sessions run from 8:00-11:00am or from 8:00am-3:00pm. Families have the opportunity to add Lunch Bunch to a half day schedule or Before and After Care to their child’s full day schedule.
Our classes are comprised of mixed age groups: 18 months-36 months and 3-5 years of age. Research has demonstrated that classrooms composed of learners with a range of abilities and gifts will have measurable gains in leadership skills, prosocial behavior, independence and competence in cooperative learning abilities. Older learners nurture younger learners and all children benefit from collaborative learning strategies.
Why Choose Zion?
Zion Early Childhood Programs offer programs specific to the learning needs and styles of children 18 months through age 5. Parents can take confidence in the following attributes of our welcoming, Christ-centered environments:
- We address the needs of all learners through developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), the Missouri Early Learning Standards, the Spiritual Milestones as stated by the Child Ministry Department of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and formative assessments in a portfolio format.
- We encourage independent and interdependent learning strategies in all curricular areas. Curricular strategies include Project Construct; Handwriting Without Tears; Second Step: Social-Emotional Early Learning; One In Christ and SMARTboards (Interactive Whiteboards) in every classroom.
- We communicate daily with families through our Early Childhood Blogs and our staff child ratios are low (1:4 and 1:8).
- We are accredited with the Lutheran Schools Accreditation Association and our teachers hold Bachelor Degrees in Education or degrees related to Child Development.