Welcome to Lutheran Hospital Child Development Center

Meet the Center Director

Lisa DeGroff

M-F: 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Phone: 260-435-7488

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Our Educational Programs

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An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Where curious children become inspired and ready for school


Meet Our Teaching Team

Sherry C.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I like to see them grow and develop in all different ways.

Teaching since: 1999

Cheryl S.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I get to help them develop life long learning skills.

Teaching since: 1987

Paula C.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: everything is new and exciting for the children.

Teaching since: 1995

Beth F.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: everyday is a learning experience for the infants

Teaching since: 1984

Lois F.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I like to see them do new things each day.

Teaching since: 1996

Lisa F.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: it is rewarding to watch them grow and learn

Teaching since: 1996

Karen H.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I get to see them learn and grow in their first year of life.

Teaching since: 1990

Tabatha C.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: of their innocence and their loving nature

Teaching since: 2002

Sarah B.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: of the differences you can see in them each day.

Teaching since: 2012

Amanda F.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I can provide learning activities that children can experience, even if you get a little messy in the process!

Teaching since: 2008

Amanda H.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love watching them grow and enjoy seeing their individual personalities.

Teaching since: 2014

Kelsey Z.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: they are eager to learn and they are the future

Teaching since: 2014

Kayla B.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I like seeing the light bulb affect when children learn something new. Makes me realize what I'm doing truly matters.

Teaching since: 2010

Emily S.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I want the children to have a strong foundation for life-long learning.

Teaching since: 2012

Aubree Y.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I love interacting with children and seeing what they have learned. It's interesting to watch them learn in different ways.

Teaching since: 2009


The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Language Works

Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Works

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“She is awesome and has made a huge impact on my daughters life! Thank you for being a great 1st teacher to Bella!”



“Thank you for all you do! You are a blessing in Nora's life. Thank you for the extra snuggles when she needs it. She loves coming to school and seeing you and her friends. We are so happy with the care, education and experiences she receives while we are at work.”



“I can tell William enjoys being in Toddler One! He always comes home ready to nap, to me that's a sign of a fun filled day :-)”


Ashley and Ray

“You are an amazing teacher! We've had so much fun getting to know you! We already know Hadley wants to be a teacher like you someday! We will miss you when we leave in a few weeks!”



“You are am amazing teacher and we consider you a friend as well! Keep up the great work and we will miss you when we leave!”



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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

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