Goals of Shining stars
Our overall goal at Shining Stars Learning Center is to provide early learning experiences that assist parents in nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social development of their young children. We believe this goal can be reached when children learn by doing by hands-on, active experiences that are developmentally appropriate for young children. We further believe children develop best when all experiences occur in an atmosphere of Christian love, care, trust and respect. Click here for our handbook.
Specifically, these goals are accomplished:
Activities that exercise children’s bodies. Experiences and stories that encourage children to explore God’s world, to solve problems and to express feelings. A social environment that encourages children to play and talk with each other and with adults. Teachers who recognize the individuality of each child’s abilities and needs.
Additionally, we use a Bible-based curriculum called “Christ Light” as the foundation of our educational programs. Timeless truths are presented in a straightforward, developmentally-appropriate way to nurture student’s souls through stories, pictures, songs, finger plays, action activities and hands-on manipulatives. Your child will be given a take-home copy of all the stories presented throughout the year so the concepts can be reinforced at home.
our shining stars leaders
Jane Merten is a graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where she received her B.S. in Education degree. Over the past 30 years, she has taught every grade from preschool through seventh. From 2004 until 2016, she served as director and lead teacher at Mountain Valley Lutheran Preschool in Eagle, Colorado.
In the fall of 2016, Jane moved to Colorado Springs when her husband, Brent, accepted the call to serve as pastor at Fount of Life. She is certified by the State of Colorado as an Early Childhood Education large center director. In January, 2017, Fount of Life called Jane to serve as director and lead teacher at Shining Stars Learning Center.
Jane and Brent have two grown children, a son-in-law, and a grandson.
Jill Prahl is a graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where she received her B.S. in Education degree. She has taught in the primary grades for most of her teaching career but has been the coordinator/director of children’s ministries at her church for over 11 years and has worked with all ages.
Jill and her family moved to Colorado from Navarre, Florida where her husband was serving as pastor of a church. Her husband, Pastor Steven Prahl, currently serves at Foundation Lutheran Church in Falcon, CO.
Jill and Steve have four children: Owen,12; Norah,8; Sophie,7; and Mollie,5.
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Please contact our Preschool Director to enroll along with any questions you may have at: email@example.com or you may leave a voice mail at (719) 596-2222
Shining stars amenities & hours of operation
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Click here for our daily schedule 2018.
The Shining Stars facility is located with Fount of Life Lutheran church at 6650 Omaha Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80915. We offer individual classrooms, a large atrium & kitchen area, outdoor gated playground, and a church sanctuary area with piano, organ, and more.
For questions, or a tour of our facility, please feel free to contact our pre-school Director, Jane Merten by leaving a voice mail:
Shining Stars Pre-school (719) 596-2222
Shining stars enrollment info & fee Info
Registration Fee: $125
Ages: Shining Stars is available to all potty-trained children ages 3-5
Tuition fees are due by the 1st of the month for that same month. Monthly tuition is as follows:
2 days per week per month: $144
3 Days per week per month $216
4 Days per week per month $288
5 Days per week per month $360
The year’s tuition is divided into 9 equal payments. There is a 10% sibling discount.
After the 5th of the month, unpaid tuition will be considered late and an additional fee of $15 will be added to your balance due. Your child will be removed from the program if tuition is more than 30 days late and no prior arrangements have been made. If you choose to pay with cash, there is a cash lock box to deposit your payment in. All checks should be payable to SHINING STARS. Return check fees will be assessed our cost. You have the option of direct deposit via our secure online payment system. More information on that will be in your enrollment packet.
Please contact our Pre-School Director, Jane Merten, for 2018/19 enrollment forms or questions.
Jane Merten, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave VM at (719) 596-2222
First Day Checklist...
Please read to make sure you know what to bring the first day of school. These items will be needed most days your child attends school.
Consumable items (things we use up like glue and Kleenex) will be shared by the class. It is not necessary to label those things.
□ Change of clothing with EVERYTHING labeled. Please put these in a gallon Ziploc bag with NAME on it, to be kept at school. Please remember socks, underwear, shirt, shorts or pants.
□ Spiral Notebook-This 8 X 11 notebook will be used for correspondence between school and home. Please find one with a plastic cover and inside pocket
□ Extra snack to be stored at school
□ Lunch (ready to eat) Thermoses work great for hot items!
□ Regular sized backpack so everything fits.
□ 2 large boxes of Kleenex
□ 3 ring binder, 1” with clear cover for insert.
□ 2 glue sticks
□ 1 Liquid type glue (like Elmer’s school glue)
□ Box of washable Markers
□ CRAYOLA or PRANG Watercolors
□ 1 box gallon baggies (Boys)
□ 1 box quart baggies (Girls)
□ 1 package HAND wipes (Boys)
□ 1 Scotch tape (Girls)
If you have any questions regarding these items, feel free to call
Shining Stars before school starts.
Wish list items for those who would to like to do more:
1) paper towels
3) copy paper
Please label all clothing (mittens, jackets, boots, sleeping bags) and items that belong to your child. (Not markers, crayons, Kleenex, etc.)