Zion Preschool


Zion Lutheran Preschool classes address the learning needs and styles of children ages 3 to 5.

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.

Curricular Experiences

We encourage independent and interdependent learning strategies in all curricular areas. Curricular strategies include Learning through Project ApproachProject Construct; Handwriting Without Tears; Second Step: Social-Emotional Early Learning; One In ChristMaking and Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges withYoung Children, and LIteracy Beginnings for Preschool.

A Family Focus

We communicate daily with families through our Early Childhood Blogs and email. Families are invited to weekly chapels, special celebration days and parent-teacher conferences.•

Accredited and Professionally Recognized

We are accredited with the Lutheran Schools Accreditation Association and our teachers hold Bachelor Degrees in Education or degrees related to Child Development.

Program Descriptions & Choices…


Children are eligible for preschool if they are 3 or 4 before August 1st and are toilet trained. Children may attend preschool 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week: half day (8:00-11:30am) or full day (8:00am-3:00pm). Three-year olds must attend a minimum of 2 days per week; four-year olds must attend a minimum of 3 days per week.

Classroom Communities

Our classrooms are comprised of mixed age groups: 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, pro-social behavior, independence and competence in cooperative learning abilities. Older learners nurture younger learners and all children benefit from collaborative learning strategies.

Before and After School Care

Before School Care is available from 7:00am-7:45am and After School Care is available from 3:00pm-6:00pm. This service is billed hourly in order to serve individual family needs.

See whats happening in our Classrooms

School Website

If you have any questions regarding Zion’s Preschool programs or would like to schedule a tour of Zion’s campus, please email Amanda Helmkamp, Zion’s Early Childhood Director at