At our Child Development Center, we focus on caring relationships, process-learning, and flexible scheduling.

We place relationships at the heart
of quality care.

Our child development center follows a relationship-based child care model.

Relationship-based centers foster the feeling of community, where it feels like a family.  The attachment between teacher and child is the starting point, the goal, and our most important work.  This attachment begins with a positive parent-teacher relationship.  Solid relationships with parents allow the teacher to more readily bond with a child.  Early relationships teach children who they are and what they can expect from the world.  Their healthy brain development thrives on loving attachments and a secure sense of belonging.

Our program is characterized by positive, warm, accepting attitudes toward children of all races, cultures and creeds.  Christ-like love, Christian morals and values become true-to-life and set the tone of the classroom.  

At Heart of the Shepherd we strive to challenge and stimulate each child at his/her own developmental level while fostering a positive self-image by accepting each child as an individual.  The Center staff strives to create a responsive, relaxed, happy and intellectually stimulating atmosphere.

We believe that children learn best through play. 

Our teachers emphasize the process of an activity rather than its outcome.  Each child’s learning style and unique processes are valued and respected.  We regularly provide opportunities for self- initiated and spontaneous types of play, along with other times for teacher-directed group activities, which the children are encouraged to join. Other parts of the schedule involve regular daily routines such as snack time, clean up time, lunch/rest time, etc.  The Center considers every segment of the day to be important in the total program, each offering the children unique opportunities for growth and learning.  We encourage reasoning, questioning, and experimenting to enable children to learn from their world through the use of basic, open-ended materials such as water, sand, paint, and blocks.  

We understand your desire for
flexible scheduling.

Heart of the Shepherd Child Development Center maintains a unique system of scheduling to meet the needs of our community.  We do this while preserving a quality educational program for young children.  For the benefit of the children and the integrity of the educational program, we have established different schedule options from 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  We offer full & flexible part-time care as well as traditional preschool hours for infants, toddlers & preschool aged children.  School age programs are available during our summer session & for before or after school care.  The tuition grid details the varied schedule options.


Afternoon Assistant Teacher Job Opening

We are seeking teachers to work afternoon shifts with infant, toddler & preschool-aged children. Positions are part-time working M-F 12:00-5:00pm or 12:00-6:00pm. Hours may vary, but should not be more than 30 hours most weeks. We are looking to hire teachers with education & experience working with young children, but will consider candidates without these qualifications as well. Competitive salary will depend on education & experience. Eligible for benefits after 90 days. Resumes can be emailed to

Tour the Center

To schedule a tour or for more information, contact Courtni Holst, our CDC Director.

E-mail Courtni


Application Form

Important Dates & Tuition Due 2019-20

Tuition & Scheduling Grid

Parent Handbook