Child Development Program

Child Development Program

Nancy VanFossen Director (614) 486-2895

The Holy Trinity Child Development Program is a ministry of the congregation which consists of a pre-school program and a before or after school kindergarten enrichment program, both led by professional educators. The center is currently rated at a Five-Star level in the Ohio Step Up to Quality accreditation rating system. Using the Creative Curriculum as a framework, our focus is developmentally appropriate practice. As a play-based center, our play is planned and purposeful. Weekly lesson plans are aligned with the state of Ohio Department of Education Early Learning and Development Standards. The center follows the Upper Arlington school calendar.

CDP Philosophy and Purpose

The Child Development Program at Holy Trinity is a non-profit, interracial, interfaith center established for the care and education of young children. We are committed to providing a healthy, happy, and safe environment for each and every child in our care. Each child is treated as a gifted and unique creation of God. Using positive words and actions in an atmosphere of love, the Holy Trinity Child Development Program will strive to improve the quality of life for young children and their families. By doing so, we hope to help children grow to be happy, confident, and loving adults. As a ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, our goal is to serve both the members of the congregation and the larger community.


The educational philosophy of the Holy Trinity Child Development Program is based on meeting the developmental needs of young children of all cultures. Developmentally appropriate practice, grounded both in the research on child development and learning and in the knowledge base regarding educational effectiveness, promotes young children’s optimal learning and development with the focus of the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical needs of each child.

The Holy Trinity Child Development teachers offer learning activities and experiences which encourage creative and intellectual expression, stimulate learning, and promote a warm, accepting and flexible climate for children. Your child’s role is to be active, experimental, exploratory and selective, with an expectation of success at all levels!

Program Goals

The Holy Trinity Child Development Program curriculum encourages children to be actively engaged in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials, and to pursue their own interests in the context of life in the community and the world. The activities planned each day reflect the knowledge that young children learn through active manipulation of the environment and concrete experiences, which contribute to concept development.


School-year enrollment is open to any potty-trained child age 2 1/2 through kindergarten, provided we can meet the needs of that child. Holy Trinity Child Development Program admits children of any race, color, religion, national origin, sex, and qualified children with disabilities, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities of the Center and does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors in administration of its educational policies.

2018-2019 Enrollment dates are as follows:

  • Monday, January 29, 2018 – 9:00am. Priority enrollment for returning preschool and church families.
  • Monday, February 5, 2018 – 9:00am. Open enrollment for families who do not currently have children enrolled.

2018-2019 Registration

2018-2019 Registration Form

2018-2019 Registration Letter



(2-and-a-half and young 3-year-old classroom; Children must be 2 1/2 by 9/1/18)

9:00 am – 11:15 am
Monday, Wednesday
9:00 am – 11:15 am
Tuesday, Thursday

Friday may be added as a third day to either class.

2018-2019 Tuition for Zebra program:
2 days/week – $170/month
3 days/week – $220/month


(3-year-old classroom; Children must be 3 by 9/1/18)

9:00 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

2018-2019 Tuition for Panda program:
2 days/week – $170/month
3 days/week – $220/month


(Pre-K/4-year-old classroom; Children must be 4 by 9/1/18)

9:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday – Thursday

2018-2019 Tuition for Rainbow program:
4 days/week – $270/month

Teddy Bears

(Pre-K/5-year-old classroom; Children must be 5 by 12/31/18)

9:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday – Friday

2018-2019 Tuition for Teddy Bear progam:
5 days a week – $295/month


(Before or After Kindergarten Enrichment Program)

AM K-Club 8:15 am – 12:05 pm
Monday – Friday (Minimum of two days/week enrollment)

2018-2019 Tuition for AM K-Club

PM K-Club 11:05 am – 5:30 pm
Monday – Friday (Minimum of two days/week enrollment)

2018-2019 Tuition for PM K-Club
2-4 days/week – $45/day
5 days/week – $40/day

We follow the Upper Arlington School calendar.
We walk to and from Barrington School each day.
Children pack a lunch and the center provides a daily snack.

Summer Fun 2018

Summer Fun is an 10-week program for children entering Kindergarten through third grade. The program runs daily from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday, June 4th, 2018 through Friday, August 10th, 2018. Please see the documents below for more detailed information and to access the registration form. We’d love to see you this summer!

2018  Summer Fun Registration

2018 Summer Fun Registration Form

2018 Summer Fun Information


Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is a one-hour extension of our preschool day. The focus of Lunch Bunch is social interaction as the children enjoy a meal and special playtime with each other.

The Lunch Bunch Program is available
11:30 am -12:30 pm Monday – Thursday for children age 3 and older (Panda, Rainbow, and Teddy Bear students).
Cost $10.00/day

Afternoon Adventure

Afternoon Adventure is an two-hour enrichment experience for our 4 and 5 year old preschool children. We begin the day with lunch together, enjoying social interaction with our friends. The rest of our day consists of lesson planned activities encouraging exploration, curiosity, and discovery.

The Afternoon Adventure Program is available
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for children age 4 and older (Rainbow and Teddy Bear students).
Cost $20.00/day