Child Development

Child Development Program

Molly Capuano and Jackie Newlon Co-Directors  (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. 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. Holy Trinity Child Development Program has been awarded a 5-Star Rating for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education. 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.


Enrollment is open to any potty-trained child aged 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.

2024-2025 School-year and 2024 Summer Fun Enrollment dates are as follows: 

Summer Fun 2024 is full with a waiting list! 2024-2025 K-Club is also full with a waiting list!

January 29, 2024 (Monday) 8:00 am Returning Preschool, K-Club, Summer Fun and church families will have priority enrollment. Enrollment forms will be taken beginning at 8:00 am on Monday. Enrollment is first come, first served. A number will be placed on your form. Any enrollment forms received in the mail will be opened at the end of the day. No registrations will be accepted prior to January 29th, 2024.

February 5, 2024 (Monday) 8:00 am Open enrollment will begin for families who are new to our program. This is also first come, first served. Any returning or church families who do not have their forms in by the end of the day Friday, February 2nd, 2024, will become part of open enrollment. Any enrollment forms received in the mail will be opened at the end of each day.

2024-2025 Preschool and K-Club Registration Forms

2024-2025 Registration Letter.docx

2024-2025 Registration Form


(2-and-a-half and young 3-year-old classroom; Children must be 2 1/2 by 9/1/24)

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

2024-2025 Tuition for Zebra program:

2 days/week – $210/month
3 days/week – $270/month


(3-year-old classroom; Children must be 3 by 9/1/24)

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

2024-2025 Tuition for Panda program:

3 days/week – $270/month

4 days/week – $330/month


(Pre-K/4-year-old classroom; Children must be 4 by 9/1/24)

9:00 am – 12:30 pm (all students pack a lunch)
Monday – Thursday –OR– Monday – Friday

2024-2025 Tuition for Tiger program:
4 days/week – $395/month
5 days/week – $440/month


(Pre-K/5-year-old classroom; Children must be 5 by 12/31/24)

9:00 am – 12:30 pm (all students pack a lunch)
Monday – Thursday –OR– Monday – Friday

2024-2025 Tuition for Lion program:

4 days/week – $395/month
5 days/week – $440/month

Panda Lunch Bunch

Panda Lunch Bunch is a one-hour extension of the Panda preschool day. The focus of Lunch Bunch is social interaction as the children enjoy a meal and extended playtime with each other. Panda Lunch Bunch takes place in the Panda classroom.

The Panda Lunch Bunch program is available:
11:30 am -12:30 pm Monday – Thursday
Cost $10.00/day

Pre-K Afternoon Adventure

Afternoon Adventure is a one-hour enrichment experience for our 4- and 5-year-old preschool children. The program consists of lesson planned activities encouraging exploration, curiosity, and discovery.

The Afternoon Adventure Program is available:
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for Tiger and Lion students.
Cost $10.00/day


(After Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Enrichment Program)

K-Club 2:50 pm – 6:00 pm

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

2024-2025 Tuition for K-Club
$30/day for full-time (5 days per week)
$35/day for part-time (2-4 days per week)

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

Summer Fun 2024

Full with a waiting list!

Summer Fun is a 9+week program for children entering Kindergarten through entering third grade. The program runs daily from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday, June 3rd, 2024, through Wednesday, August 7th, 2024. Please see the documents below for more detailed information and to access the registration form. Summer Fun 2024 enrollment for current, returning and church families begins at 8:00am on Monday, January 29, 2024. Open enrollment for families new to the center begins at 8:00am on Monday, February 5, 2024. We’d love to see you this summer!

Please find the 2024 Summer Fun information sheet and registration form below.

2024 Summer Fun Information.docx

2024 Summer Fun Registration Form.docx

Holy Trinity Child Development Program Parent Handbook

2023-2024 HTCDP Parent Handbook