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Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center

4655 Webb Bridge Road
Alpharetta, GA 30005

(770) 475-6570


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are able to gear their lessons to play to the children's strengths instilling in them a confidence about themselves and their ability to learn. While playing to their strengths, they are able to give the child individualized attention to help the child work on the areas that they are behind in.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center is a ministry of Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church, faithfully serving young children and their parents.
As a high quality child development center, it is our philosophy to?
value each child as a unique and special child of God because Jesus Christ died and rose for all children;

nurture individuality and diversity;

instill respect for themselves, others, and the world around them;

promote life-longing learning, creativity and Christian values.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

6:30 - 7:30 Arrival and greetings/free play
7:30 - 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45 Learning centers/small group activities
8:45 - 9:15 Open activities
9:15 - 10:00 Outdoor play
10:00 - 10:30 Snacks
10:30 - 11:30 Learning centers/small group activities
11:30 - 11:50 Circle time
11:50 - 12:00 Large motor activities
12:00 - 12:40 Family style lunch
12:40 - 1:00 Jesus time
1:00 - 1:15 Transition time
1:15 - 1:30 Story books on tape
1:30 - 2:30 Naptime/rest time
2:30 - 3:00 Jesus time
3:00 - 3:15 Afternoon circle time
3:15 - 4:00 Outdoor play
4:00 - 4:30 Snacks
4:30 - 5:00 Afternoon circle time/large motor
5:00 - 6:30 Departure(table games/puzzles, etc.)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each family unit is called by the classroom teacher prior to the beginning of the school year to introduce themselves, and invite the family to an Open House for a time to 'get acquianted'. Also, each child will have a portfolio that contains assessments, developmental observations, photos, samples of 'work' documents, and anecdotal notes pertaining to development goal-setting & achievement and other pertinent information. This portfolio will move with the child through the various age groups.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is actually a signal that the child is developing positive social/emotional attachments with adults, particularly the parent. They know that they can rely on the person(parent) who now may be leaving them in the care of someone else they are not as sure of. So, it is impertive that the center caregiver do what is needed to foster that caring, supportive relationship in the classroom. Being available for hugs/holding; welcoming the child to be as close as they need to be for as long as they need to be; consistent reassurrance that the child is in a safe place and cared about, etc. -- all build to form a bond that provides stability.