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Early Childhood


NEW! Making Jesus Real - A Course for Lutheran ECE Educators

Click on the link above to be directed to the course.

Guiding Principals for Early Childhood
The EC Cabinet has recently updated the GUIDING PRINCIPLES for EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION to reflect the evolving 'best practices' identified through current research. This document is an excellent resource for staff development and includes the PSD Code of Ethics that clearly states the expectations we consider essential in Lutheran Early Childhood centers.

Social Media Policy The PSD EC Cabinet has approved a Social Media Policy for our EC centers.  This expanded policy sets forth ‘best practices’ in the use of social media in the early childhood setting to protect children and parents’ rights as well as the integrity of the center itself. Portions of the statement reflect recent changes in California Licensing regulations and interpretations regarding teacher’s use of cellphones in the classroom as a ‘lack of appropriate supervision’.  The Cabinet strongly encourages all our EC centers to review and include this policy statement in your staff handbooks.  The link is a writable PDF.  Once you download the document, you will be able to add your school information before you print or re-save the document.

Volunteers and the Dept. of Labor  Please take a look at this helpful handout to advise how to allow your staff to volunteer for events at your congregation without breaching Labor Laws. 

In His Hands - In His Hands is a manual intended for leaders and board members of early childhood programs that are freestanding or associated with a Lutheran elementary school. This valuable resource provides direction as new programs are developed as well as support for existing centers in the operation and management of excellent early childhood programs.

A great article on fostering independent children

Top 10 ways to bring Bible stories to life for children

Get ready to tell the story!

PSD Early Childhood Marketing Campaign

"Growing Minds and Kind Hearts" 

Click on the words above to be directed to the ECE Marketing Campaign
Last spring, we partnered with Professor Carolyn Shiery from Concordia University Irvine to come up with effective marketing materials for our early childhood centers.  She and her team of students have prepared for us a beautiful logo; PSD early childhood brand “Lutheran Preschools:  Growing Minds and Kind Hearts”; marketing materials including a video, brochure, and postcards; and a sample of a future survey that each center can customize for their school at no cost.  Feel free to download and use them as resources for your center. We pray that these resources will be a blessing for your ministry for years to come! 

Employment Resource Manual for Congregations and Districts

Job Application you can add your Organization name to this job application once you download it.

Governing Manual for Lutheran Schools

Curriculum Guide 

An Administrator's Guide to Private School Law - click on the link to be directed to the site to order this tremendous tool.

Senate Bill 277 - Immunization Requirements

CA Dept of Education on Transitional Kindergarten

CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation - Healthy Schools Act Training - Beginning July 1, 2016, anyone who may apply a pesticide at a school or child care center must take a DPR-approved training course before making a pesticide application.
For more information and to register for this online training please click here.

 The Early Childhood Cabinet exists to support, encourage and facilitate early childhood educators to effectively serve young children, their families, congregations and communities throughout developmentally appropriate Christ-centered ministries. 

2018-2019 Early Childhood Cabinet

Mary Wolfinbarger, Chair Director, Bethany, Long Beach -Region 2
Nancy Bellamy St. John's, Hemet - Region 4  
Chris Chernobieff Christ the King, Redlands - Region 4  
Lynne Rose PSD Early Childhood Consultant  
Diane Tinker North Valley Christian Academy, Phoenix- Region 6 AZ  
Sheryl Grobelch Light of Christ, Irvine - Region 3  
Emily Martinez St. John's, Orange - Region 3  
Rachel Klitzing Executive Director of School Ministries