The Children's Garden of Saint John's Lutheran Church opened its doors to the community in June 1992. It is the philosophy of the Center that children are encouraged to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate opportunities where children can succeed in a safe, nurturing and Christian environment.

We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn. Our programs provide inclusive settings that recognize children's varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.

We believe that children learn through meaningful and teacher directed activities. Our child centered program reflects the integration of spiritual, physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help, and aesthetic areas for the total development of the child. We incorporate a strong connection to service in our classrooms. It is the goal of the Center to provide children with experiences to serve the community. During the course of the school year, the children will participate in service projects that make connections with their personal experiences at home and at school. An addition to our program is Christian Education from 2 years through School Age. This involves chapel time weekly and providing children with the Sparks curriculum during their experiences in the classrooms. All the activities will provide children with meaningful opportunities to encourage curiosity, discovery, and problem solving, which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image.

We recognize that parents are the child's first teachers. Children learn best when parents are involved in the classroom environment. It is vital that a bridge between home and school is established to connect the two. We welcome families with open arms to be active in your child's classroom. We believe in school visits and participating in extracurricular events. This provides families and teachers with open communication about their child's development.

The statement and beliefs in this philosophy reflect the position of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).