Preschool & childcare

Hales Corners Lutheran School (HCLS) is concerned with the welfare of the whole child. We see a child’s developmental needs as spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and social. Our Preschool Programs guide children so that they may gain a healthy self-concept and a positive feeling of trust about God and others.

At HCLS, the structure of learning time is always balanced with ample time for play, as children learn actively through play. In free choice play, children are free to choose from an array of age-appropriate equipment, materials and activities, like:

  • Dramatic play, including puppets or dress-up costumes, family living in the doll corner, or simply using a vivid imagination.

  • Block play, including unit blocks, small table blocks or carpentry.

  • Structured manipulative play, including tabletop toys such as puzzles, Lego blocks or lacing boards.

  • Unstructured manipulative play, including sand, clay, water, bubble blowing, and finger paints.

  • Children also have ample opportunities to work on gross motor skills through indoor and outdoor activities and play time.

Our teachers are loving, sensitive people who are committed to the needs of young children and to the conveying of God’s love through their own actions.

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3K and 4K (half-day and with extended care)

3-Year-Old Kindergarten (3K) and 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) classes at Hales Corners Lutheran School are held at a variety of times each week along with Extended Care options to offer busy families flexible scheduling and peace of mind. Learn more.

2-Year-Old Preschool

The 2-Year-Old Preschool (PS2) program at Hales Corners Lutheran School is available year-round, Monday-Friday from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. A 2-day minimum is required with flexible full-day and half-day options available. Learn more.


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Why enroll in early childhood at hCLS?

When deciding where your young child will begin their educational journey, there are many factors to consider - staff, location, scheduling, facilities, curriculum. At HCLS, we check all of these boxes while also weaving in the intangible factors that play a critical role in shaping the person your child is becoming. Hales Corners Lutheran School promotes academic excellence while helping children nurture a personal relationship with God and preparing them to lead a responsible, purpose-filled life for Christ. Click here for 10 Reasons to Enroll in Early Childhood at HCLS.

Take the Next step

We want to meet you! To truly experience what makes Hales Corners Lutheran School so special, we invite you and your family to set up a school visit to meet us, see the learning space and get all of your questions answered. We are a family-friendly environment, so children are welcome! Please call the school office at 414-529-6701 to schedule your visit. Planning a visit is the first step of our Admissions process:

  1. Schedule a school visit

  2. Complete your admissions application

  3. Enroll your child

  4. Complete a tuition agreement

For additional details about our Admissions process, as well as tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year, click here. For admissions and enrollment questions, contact our Director of Admissions, Jeanne Gueller at jgueller@hcl.org or 414-529-6701. For all other questions, contact Diane Shippell at dshippell@hcl.org or 414-529-6701.

Early Childhood Extended Care Handbook

Looking for Care This summer?

At HCLS, learning and fun don’t have to end when the school year does. That’s why we offer fun summer programming and care options for children from preschool age to those entering 6th grade with faith-based activities, field trips, and more! Click here to learn about all of the wonderful things happening at HCLS this summer and see how your kids can get in on the action!

Click here to learn more about Early Childhood Enrichment at Hales Corners Lutheran School