Days & Hours Of Operation
LSELC offers full and part-time care year-round Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm.

Ages Served
Children ages six weeks through five years are included in the care program. After the Memorial Day holiday the center reserves the right to request early withdrawal of children leaving for Kindergarten in the fall to allow for the movement of other children from group to group.

LSELC is licensed to provide full and part time care for the following number or children at any one time:

  • 24 infants (6 weeks through 16 months) 1/4 staff to child ratio
  • 14 young toddlers (16 months through 24 months) 1/5 staff to child ratio
  • 14 older toddlers (24 months through 33 months) 1/6 staff to child ratio
  • 20 young preschoolers (33 months through approx. 48 months) 1/9 staff to child ratio
  • 20 pre-kindergarteners (42 months through 5 years) 1/10 staff to child ratio
The infant program is located in the house next to the church. Toddlers and preschoolers are cared for in the classrooms of the main church building.

Our center is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and therefore complies with the Child Care Regulations presented in MN Statute 9503 (Rule 3). If parents wish to contact the Department of Human Services, the number is (651) 296-3971.

LSELC is accredited through National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission. This is a completely voluntary process of self-evaluation followed by a visit of objective observers to help Lutheran schools improve the quality of their programs. Quality Lutheran early childhood centers deserve recognition. NLSA has an outstanding process for the evaluation, improvement and recognition of schools of all levels. Preschools, early childhood centers, child care centers and child development centers that complete the NLSA self-study process receive the national recognition they deserve because of the quality Christian education they provide. After completing the accreditation process in 2012, Loving Shepherd Early Learning Center received Exemplary Status through NLSA.

LSELC is also accredited through National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which is also a mark of quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation helps to ensure the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. You can visit www.naeyc.org for more information.

Program Plan
Loving Shepherd Early Learning Center has a written program plan for all children birth through five years of age. The plan incorporates Minnesota's Early Childhood Indicators of Progress and is based on child development research.

We believe:
  • God created young children who are capable and competent
  • Development occurs in predictable patterns
  • God's children are individuals who develop at different rates
  • Many factors influence a child's development
  • Children exhibit a range of skills and competencies within any domain of development
  • Expectations for children must be guided by knowledge of children growth and development
  • Young children learn through play, interaction with others, and active exploration of their environment
  • Families are children's first and most important caregivers and educators

The program plan is located in the Director's office and is available for parents at anytime. Talk to your child's teacher or the Director to obtain a copy of the program plans.

Statement Of Non Discrimination
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, martial status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited basis will apply to all programs and/or employment activities)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form or call (866) 632-9992 and request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410

Fax  (202) 690-7442
Email  program.intake@usda.gov

Individual who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136 for Spanish.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.