Child Development

Child Development Program

Nancy VanFossen Director (614) 486-2895

The Holy Trinity Child Development Program is a ministry of the church which consists of a pre-school and after school kindergarten, first grade, and second grade enrichment, all 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 second grade, 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.

2021-2022 Enrollment dates are as follows:  

  • Monday, February 8, 2021 – 9:00am. Priority enrollment for returning preschool and church families.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – 9:00am. Open enrollment for families who do not currently have children enrolled.

2021-2022 Registration

2021-2022 Registration Letter

2021-2022 Registration Form



(2-and-a-half and young 3-year-old classroom; Children must be 2 1/2 by 9/1/21)

9:00 am – 11:15 am
Tuesday, Thursday (Add Wednesday for a 3-day program)

2021-2022 Tuition for Zebra program:

2 days/week – $190/month
3 days/week – $245/month


(3-year-old classroom; Children must be 3 by 9/1/21)

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

2021-2022 Tuition for Panda program:
2 days/week – $190/month
3 days/week – $245/month


(Pre-K/4-year-old classroom; Children must be 4 by 9/1/21)

9:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday – Thursday -OR-  Monday – Friday

2021-2022 Tuition for Tiger program:
4 days/week – $300/month
5 days/week – $325/month


(Pre-K/5-year-old classroom; Children must be 5 by 12/31/21)

9:00 am – 11:30 am
Monday – Thursday -OR- Monday – Friday

2021-2022 Tuition for Lion program:

4 days/week – $300/month
5 days/week – $325/month


(After Kindergarten Enrichment Program)

K-Club 2:50 pm – 6:00 pm

Monday – Friday (Minimum of two days/week enrollment)

2021-2022 Tuition for K-Club
$25/day for full-time (5 days per week)
$30/day for part-time (2-4 days per week)


Kids Club

(After School Enrichment for First and Second Graders)

Kids Club 2:50 pm – 6:00 pm

Monday – Friday (minimum of two days/week enrollment)

2021-2022 Tuition for Kids Club
$25/day for full-time (5 days per week)
$30/day for part-time (2-4 days per week)

K-Club and Kids Club follow the Upper Arlington School calendar.
We walk from Barrington School each day.
The center provides a daily snack.

Summer Fun 2021

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 7th, 2021 through Friday, August 13th, 2021. Please see the documents below for more detailed information and to access the registration form. We’d love to see you this summer!

2021 Summer Fun Registration

Please find the 2021 Summer Fun information sheet and registration form below

Summer Fun 2021 Information

Summer Fun 2021 Registration Form


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, Tiger, and Lion students).
Cost $10.00/day

Afternoon Adventure

Afternoon Adventure is a 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 (Tiger and Lion students).
Cost $20.00/day

Holy Trinity Child Development Program Parent Handbook

2021-2022 Parent Handbook

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church