Hope Lutheran seeks to serve our community and share the good news of Jesus by operating one of the premier early learning centers in Manhattan. We take seriously the privilege and responsibility parents give us in letting us partner with them to love and nurture their child. Through age appropriate learning, we seek to educate and promote each child’s development – mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Hope Lutheran Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children: NAEYC, http://www.naeyc.org.
Hope Lutheran Early Learning Center has a distinct approach in caring for and educating children. Lutheran Education is not afraid of the world and what it has to offer, but explores the world that God made. Hope Lutheran teaches that we see the world how it really is–perfectly created, made imperfect by sin, yet restored in Christ Jesus.
Hope Lutheran looks at each child as a God-created, God-gifted creature; a creature with unique gifts and abilities. Each experience influences who he will become. The teachers at Hope Lutheran know how important it is for your child to feel loved. Surrounded by loving teachers in the Hope Lutheran environment, your child is able to learn about the world around him.
Within that loving relationship, more trust is gained through the structure that Hope Lutheran provides. Each day your child knows what to do when they first arrive and subsequently what will happen after each activity. This provides your child with a sense of control. This control allows them to feel safe and confident exploring the world and building on what they already know. In the safety of an environment that they understand and feel at ease with, they learn self-control and learn how to focus on the task at hand; it may be putting a puzzle together, dealing with a conflict with a friend, or describing what they did at work time (play time—learning through play is hard work!).
Our curriculum, based on active learning, challenges the children to make choices, solve problems, and gain knowledge based on what they know. The teachers plan developmentally appropriate lessons to challenge each child to think and perform on a higher level in language, literacy, communication; social and emotional development; physical development, health and well-being; and arts and sciences.
As your child learns and grows, their developmental steps are being recorded and charted with the use of portfolios and frequent parent communication. The portfolios become a treasured record of your child’s leaps and bounds through early childhood, and Hope is proud to be a partner with you in guiding those steps.
Added to the above areas of development is what Hope Lutheran believes is the most important, spiritual development. What might be different about Hope Lutheran is the fact that we believe this spiritual development does not spring from the child’s performance, but from Christ’s sacrifice for humanity. In Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, hope is found. This frees up the child of God to learn about God’s whole world, to serve the neighbor next to him, and to love those around him. Each day, the child of Hope Lutheran hears God’s Word, sings songs to and about Jesus, and hears about their Savior.
Hope Lutheran Church and Early Learning Center is excited and blessed to provide families with quality, loving child care and doubly blessed to serve children and families with the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ for us. We would love to partner with you to love and guide your child! The directors would love to give you a tour. Call us today!