The Child Development & Learning Center (CDLC) offers a safe, loving Christian environment with respect and support for all children and families. We provide opportunities for each child to define self, understand who they are and discover their role within the community. CDLC has a 4-star Parent Aware rating, the highest rating awarded.
CDLC was founded in 1971 as an outreach of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and serves as an NAEYC accredited Christian preschool for children ages 3 to 5. We began with 30 students and currently educate over 150 children. We welcome children of any cultural background or religious affiliation.
At CDLC we strive to provide and develop strong self-esteem in our children allowing them to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. The curriculum is carefully designed to provide hands-on activities for children in the areas of large motor, cooking, music, creative arts and science.
It is the process, not the product, of play that is essential in developing the foundational skills of life.
Plan your visit
CDLC is located on the Ridges campus, just north of the 35W and 35E split in Burnsville, Minnesota. The preschool is in the lower level of the Worship Center building at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Our offices are located inside Door E on the northwest side of the building near the playground.
Children are escorted to and from the building at the beginning and end of each day. After being escorted in, each class follows a set schedule to cover the following interest centers.
Indoor and outdoor areas are available to work with children in building large motor skills according to the appropriate developmental level.
Children participate in a daily cooking project, providing opportunities to learn math and science skills, increase vocabulary and discover new tastes.
Activities include listening and moving to a variety of music, singing, and playing rhythm instruments.
Each child is encouraged to explore their creativity with a variety of art experiences exploring color, shapes and textures.
The children are given opportunities to explore and experiment with a variety of materials.
Our teacher-student ratio is one to ten. Classes, formed according to age, are typically comprised of children whose birthdays are within months of each other.
- Tuesday/Thursday: all day and half day morning
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday: all day, half day morning, and half day afternoon
- Monday-Friday: all day and half day morning
Morning Classes: 9:00 – 11:30 am
Afternoon Classes: 12:45 – 3:15 pm
All Day classes: 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Registration & Enrollment
CDLC is a Christian preschool that runs from September to May. Children must be at least 3 years old by December 1 of the school year for which they are applying.
Tuition & Scholarships
A $65 non-refundable registration fee for half day sessions or an $85 non-refundable registration fee for all day sessions is due at the time of registration.
It is the intent of CDLC to provide financial assistance to children based on family eligibility. Financial assistance is granted in the form of partial scholarships, contingent upon the availability of funds.
Five Facets of Growth
We celebrate each child as a gift from God. Our curriculum seeks to incorporate Christian values through teachable moments, Bible stories and songs.
We encourage children to work together and show respect for one another in social and play situations. Our focus is to encourage a positive self-image while building the skills of independence.
Preschool children are constantly exploring their emotions and ways in which to channel their thoughts and feelings. We strive to provide the tools children need to gain emotional growth while working and playing together in group situations.
Children are given the opportunity to grow and develop physically in the areas of fine and large motor skills. We build on the natural abilities of each child while offering challenges and opportunities for success.
Teachers carefully plan and develop curriculum based on the emerging needs and interest of their class. Daily plans focus on providing opportunities for children to explore and learn basic skills such as problem solving, classification and recognition, the essential framework for future successes in reading, writing, math, science, art, music and social studies.