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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Elca

8427 Jewel Lake Road
Anchorage, AK 99502

(907) 243-1504


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Gloria Dei Lutheran Church owns and operates the Early
Learning Center as a vital part of our congregation’s
ministry to our own people and to our neighborhood. We
see this ministry especially as an expression of outreach,
service and stewardship. Outreach in that the Early
Learning Center is expressive of the open arms of welcome
our church wishes to present to the neighborhood; service
in that we are able to provide for an important part of a
child’s development; and stewardship in that we consider
ourselves to be stewards in the lives of the children,
offering them care and nurture. Out of respect for the
pluralistic character of our neighborhood, we seek to apply
our Christian theology and mission not through
proselytizing, but through the love and care we have to
offer to children and families. All this we do in the name of
God, who in Jesus Christ, loves and cares for the whole
The Gloria Dei Early Learning Center is a carefully planned
environment set up to respect the individuality and
uniqueness of each child. We shall value individual
differences rather than viewing them as problems to be
overcome. Children need to be themselves, to feel a sense
of worth and to learn to live with other children and adults.
We strive to teach children a Christian attitude of sharing,
loving and caring for one another through example and daily
school experiences.
We want to make the transition from home to school a
happy, comfortable situation. We want children to learn
that school is fun and exciting. We would like to see our
students arrive eagerly every day wondering, “What am I
going to do today?” excited about the ever new things and
activities, yet secure in a warm familiar atmosphere."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Quiet center, Manipulative center, Puzzler corner, Block center, Math center, Discovery center, Readiness center, Sensory center, Playdough center, Art center, Dramatic play center, Large muscle area, Daily teacher-directed activity, Snack time, Circle time, Large muscle activity, Story time."
Excerpted from the preschool's website