Mission Statement of Loving Arms Child Care Center
 
Loving Arms Child Care Center is an integral part of the ministry of Vinje Lutheran Church. We invite families into our faith community and care for the needs of their children. Our main objective is to provide a loving, safe and stimulating environment for children in a Christian setting. At Loving Arms, we believe that the major developmental task of a young child is to gain trust in those who care for him/her and to develop the knowledge that he/she can affect the surrounding world.  Our educated and trained staff respect the individuality of each child and work as partners with parents - building a trusting relationship through responsive care-giving.

 
A Brief History of Vinje’s Early Childhood Ministries

  • 1994 - Vinje Task Force studied and supported the opening of a child care center for infants to meet a need in our community, replacing space occupied by the Elderly day care program, which moved out that year.
  • 1995 - October 1st Loving Arms Infant Child Care opened its door to 3 babies.
  • 1997 - Toddler expansion gave financial stability to the center.
  • 2001 - Preschool expansion provided a complete child care center for infants 6 weeks of age through preschool age.
  • 2005 - Room-to-Bloom Preschool joined the umbrella of Vinje’s early childhood ministries.
  • 2009 - Room-to-Bloom is re-designed as the Loving Arms Pre-K room.
  • 2012 - Loving Arms welcomed a new director, Donna Brau
  • 2013 - Hallways are redesigned/painted and all classroom doors are reconfigured to create a warm and inviting space. The playground and the Nature Classroom get updates and we established a long-term fund to raise money for bigger renovations to come.
  • 2014 - Invested in the new edition of Creative Curriculum and the TS Gold Authentic Observation and Assessment.

Nutritious Meal Program

We offer nutritious meals and snacks to the children which are served family style.
The center provides all baby foods, table foods, snacks and formula in accordance with food
program guidelines. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.