At St. John Lutheran School on Mattis & John in Champaign

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Little Lamb Preschool is a place where children hear the message of God's love and learn basic letters, writing, numbers, and social skills in a happy, secure environment. Preschool learning takes place through play and class activities that promote the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of the children enrolled.

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Children learn best by doing. They gain knowledge about themselves, others and the world around them through meaningful interactions with materials and people. The Early Childhood Programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. Activities and play include the opportunity for spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. The daily routine includes: guided play, art, activity centers, literacy time, worship, music, group time, snack, outdoor play and story time. Our low child-to-adult ratio, an average of two teachers per 16 children, makes for a positive and nurturing environment.Developmental Goals
- To provide opportunities to help each child develop a healthy self-concept within the framework of God's love;
- To encourage independence, develop self-confidence, and respect individuality by providing a warm, safe and loving environment;
- To help children get along well with others;
- To provide stimulating and productive experiences and activities to help children become enthusiastic learners;
- To celebrate the early childhood years as creative and wonder-filled years.

Our teachers

Stephanie Middendorf

My love and enthusiasm for teaching young children and my desire to share God’s love and promises to others are the reasons I became a teacher at Little Lamb Preschool.My philosophy of early childhood education is to provide my students with a safe, nurturing, and enriching program. We provide our students with learning experiences to gain social, emotional, and academic skills.I have twenty-eight years of teaching experience. I earned my Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Reading Certificates from the University of Illinois.

Katie Reifsteck

I enjoy watching children learn through play. It is wonderful to see them develop their social skills as they interact with one another in play centers throughout the classroom. Children develop the skills they need to be successful in kindergarten as they grow in God’s love.I attended Parkland College, where I obtained my degree in early childhood education. I operated a home daycare center for seven years, and I am completing my fifth year at the preschool level.

Preschool Program

Full day: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Half day: 8:00am - 11:00am
Programming is available 2 days (T/Th), 3 days (M/W/F) and 5 daysEarly drop off is available starting at 7:40am.After school care is available until 5:30pm (for an additional fee).Lunch may be purchased at an additional cost, or students may bring their own lunch. If your child has food allergies, please complete the Food Allergy Action Plan.