Lutheran Mission

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Education within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been a high priority for over 150 years. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod operates the largest Protestant school system in the United States. Currently there are over 1,200 centers dedicated solely to the education and spiritual growth of young children. Open Arms Christian Child Development Center is one of these, and we believe that the ministry of early childhood education is a natural extension of our commitment to be “Sharing the Caring Christ.”

Open Arms Strives To:

  • Bring each child to know and love their Savior, Jesus Christ, through religious instruction, and an atmosphere of Christian discipline and love.
  • Provide a total education for God’s children by meeting their many needs: spiritual, social, intellectual, physical, and emotional.
  • Maintain close contact with parents/ guardians through written and oral communication concerning their child’s academic/social progress, and behavioral needs.
  • Encourage parents/guardians to develop a closer relationship in their families with their Lord and Savior.


Open Arms Philosophy and Mission Statement:

Open Arms Christian Child Development Center is a not-for-profit ministry of Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church, providing a preschool program of the highest quality designed to meet the needs of families in our community. At Open Arms, each child is guided to develop to his/her potential in every aspect of life within the sheltering and nurturing relationships of Christian love. We operate our center assuming that each child is an individual and must be allowed to grow and learn at his/her own rate and to develop a healthy self-image. At Open Arms we will help each child to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually.

A preschool and/or childcare experience frequently represents the child’s first separation from home.  It is a first experience in learning that other adults can be helpful and loving.  Children have much social learning to do.  This is accomplished best in an atmosphere of love and concern for the needs of each child.  Programs are planned to encourage and develop individual strengths and abilities, while helping your child to understand the value of cooperation and interaction with others.  This is achieved through working, learning, playing, and sharing with other children as well as adults.