Welcome to St. John’s Community Child Development Center (CCDC).

St. John’s Community Child Development Center (CCDC) began in 1998 as a mission of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  It is a nonprofit, state licensed, and nationally accredited (National Lutheran Schools Accreditation) school.

St. John’s CCDC’s was originally housed and located within St. John’s Lutheran Church’s downtown Salt Lake City building only. Since then St. John’s CCDC has grown to four thriving preschool locations and a hugely popular school-age program called Camp Wild Life.

St. John’s CCDC is the only multi-site, stand-alone child development center that is accredited through the NLSA (see below). We are proud to have paved the way for a new form of accreditation.

It has been our main goal since 1998  to meet the educational, environmental, and spiritual needs of our surrounding community of children and their families.

Our student population includes children 6 weeks to 12 years old.

St. John’s is a Lutheran mission but serves a diverse student body from all over the Salt Lake Valley.

“St. John’s Community Child Development Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.”

Now with four locations: Liberty Park, Sugarhouse, Murray and Sandy.

National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA)

National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is a rigorous national accrediting process designed to evaluate schools based on their unique purpose and quality as Lutheran education program/school. The NLSA evaluates not only the quality of the academics, environment, teachers, administration, and communication, but also most importantly the spiritual dimension of the school. The “Standards for Lutheran Schools” and report forms are similar to those used by other accrediting agencies, both secular and religious.

St. John’s Community Child Development Center is the only stand-alone preschool program in the Rocky Mountain Region that is accredited by the NLSA.  We are very proud of this accomplishment.


“Planting Seeds of Faith and Knowledge”

Scriptural Foundation

“And [Jesus] took a little child, and set him in the midst of them.  And when he had taken him in his arms, He said to them, ‘Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.’”

                                                                                                                        Mark 9:36-37

Vision and Goals

Our vision here at St. John’s CCDC is simple; the directors, teachers and staff want to do their part in “planting seeds of faith and knowledge”.

The first years of life are extremely important in a child’s development.  Self-concept begins to grow in the earliest years as children begin to identify themselves as unique individuals in God’s world.  Their everyday activities become fundamental for later development.  At St. John’s CCDC, each child is encouraged to grow and be guided in developing a healthy sense of self-worth as a child of God.

St. John’s CCDC provides a stable and secure environment to nurture spiritual, intellectual and emotional development, as well as cultivate physical, social and creative skills in partnership with parents.

St. John’s CCDC emphasizes quality in stimulating, inventive, and developmentally appropriate activities and encourages social interaction to foster independence, positive attitudes and life skills. All by learning through play.

Our Curriculum 

Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an inspiring approach to early childhood education and was developed in Italy during WWII.

It is an innovative, progressive and emergent curriculum.

What is Emergent Curriculum?

  • An emergent curriculum is one that builds upon the interests of children.
  • Topics for study are captured from the talk of children, through community or family events, as well as the known interests of the children (puddles, shadow, dinosaurs, etc.).
  • Team planning is an essential component of the emergent curriculum. Teachers (lead and co) work together to formulate the possible directions of a project, the materials needed, and possible parent and/or community support and involvement.

Reggio Emilia approach values each child as strongcapable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Children learn best through interactions with their physical and social environment. This philosophy keeps the focus on the environment and teaches that children learn best through “hands on” experiences as well as through play while encouraging free choice and child-initiated exploration. The teachers continually adapt and expand the curriculum to respond to the individual needs and interests of the students.

The Reggio Emilia approach which is based upon the following set of principles:

  1. Children must have some control over the direction of their learning
  2. Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing
  3. Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they must be allowed to explore
  4. Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves

Through this curriculum, St. John’s CCDC will provide a wide variety of learning experiences for children which will enrich their social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical development in a warm Christian atmosphere. Our programs focus on developing the “whole child”. Each child is unique and our programs are designed to meet the varied interests and developmental needs.


Classroom centers are arranged with guidelines of the Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) to provide children with an excellent means to create, explore, discover and learn about the world around them in their own special way.

Our curriculum includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Christian values (Chapel, Bible Stories, and prayers)
  • Science
  • Creative art
  • Physical play
  • Individualized learning
  • Letter recognition and reading skills
  • Language skills
  • Dramatic play
  • Math skills
  • Free choice activities
  • Spanish and Sign Language

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