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we play

we learn

NAEYC Accreditation

Certified Nature


Our unique outdoor classroom offers dynamic learning spaces designed to inspire creativity, develop gross motor skills, facilitate social development and utilize critical thinking through natural play.

messy outdoor kitchen baking cups

Building, stacking, and playing with nature! From creating music outdoors, to making mudpies in our nature kitchen, our young learners are inspired by nature in their play! 

a boy playing with gravel in the gravel dig pit

Research shows that children who regularly spend time in nature have reduced stress levels, and can develop feelings of empathy towards nature-the first step in developing the next generation of environmental stewards.

Children playing in the gravel messy dig site

NAEYC Accredited

Messiah Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten is accredited by NAEYC and received the National Accreditation of Award Excellence in faculty, facility and curriculum for the past 15 years running. NAEYC represents one of the highest marks in quality in early childhood education that a school can acquire.

a boy and girl are smelling the flowers

NAEYC accreditation is awarded to schools who demonstrate excellence in positive relationships between students staff and parents, curriculum, teaching approaches, assessments, nutrition, family involvement, physical environment and high quality teachers and administrators.

a girl poses by our large hanging trees

Programs accredited by NAEYC remain committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children.

For more information on NAEYC, please visit

Expert Teachers

All teachers meet or exceed the Illinois state qualifications for Early Childhood Education – most importantly, they love to teach!

The teacher to student ratio in our preschool classrooms is 1-9, with at least 2 teachers per classroom. This allows for much more individualized attention and the utmost safety for each child in our care. Our low student to teacher ratio allows for more advanced learning opportunities as the children are able to learn and grow in a well supervised setting. 

Teacher and 3 students working on a magnetic board with balls that roll from different tracks

Our teachers are passionate about your children having FUN! They are experts at creating hands-on lessons and activities that enhance learning through play!

children with a teacher making terrariums outdoors on the playground

we grow

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