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  Frequently Asked Questions
About Lutheran Child Development Center
Lutheran Child Development Center is owned and operated by Lutheran Church of the Cross. You may find more information about Lutheran Church of the Cross by visiting their website, or by calling the church office 941-627-6060.

Yes, we do offer VPK. Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st in order to participate.

You will need to visit the Early Learning Coalition office at 2886 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte to get a certificate. You can call to schedule an appointment at 941-255-1650. This will allow your child to attend Lutheran Child Development Center during the VPK hours free of charge.

If your child needs to stay for additional hours, then you would need to pay the “wrap around” fee for additional hours. Please call the office for current fees.

 One Year Old through VPK and Elementary Children for Summer Camp and School Closed Days

Please call LCDC office at 941-627-5821 for current rates.

Tuition is always paid in advance. Payments for the upcoming week are due on Friday. If tuition is not paid on Friday, then a late fee of $30 will be added to your account. Tuition can be paid by check, cash or money order.

Lutheran Child Development Center opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m.

No, we accept children from all religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

There is a $1 per minute late fee for every minute past 5:30 PM. This must be paid on the date that your next tuition payment is due (Friday). Please make checks payable to Lutheran Church of the Cross or LCC. If you know you are running late, please call the LCDC office at 941-627-5821, to let us know. It is always best to make arrangements with a friend or relative to pick up your child if you know you are running late.

We understand that children frequently have colds, and will come to school with runny noses. Children who have a fever of 100 or higher are not allowed to attend and should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to Lutheran Child Development Center.

Children who have any communicable disease or illness such as strep throat, chicken pox, measles, head lice, or who have been vomiting or experiencing diarrhea should not attend. We appreciate your keeping your sick child home so that the other children and the staff members do not become ill. Children should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

If your child becomes ill or seriously injured while at school, we will call you immediately. Please have someone who is available to pick up your child within 1 hour of a call. Your child will be put in an area away from other children until he/she is picked up to prevent the spread of illness or allow them to rest.

During the summer months (May-September) they will need to have a swim suit and some water shoes and a small towel. Sheets and blankets for the cots are provided, but they will be sent home on Friday to be laundered. Please bring your child’s cot sheet and blanket back on Monday.

Birth through potty training needs to bring diapers, wipes, change of clothes and additional shoes.

All doors are locked to entrance from the outside with the exception of the gated entrance. Only parents and school/church employees have fobs, which allow them to enter the gated entrance. All others must call to be allowed entrance. Additionally, we have close-circuit monitoring of the classrooms, playground, and entrance.

If an emergency should occur, Lutheran Child Development Center has an emergency plan in place and will follow that procedure. You may have a copy of this emergency plan, upon request.

First, make an appointment to tour our facility. You may call us at 941-627-5821 or email We encourage you to bring your child with you for the tour. At the time of your tour, you will receive a registration packet which contains all the necessary paper work (These materials are also available on the website and may be downloaded and filled out in advance of your visit.) Also, you will need to provide your child’s birth certificate, a copy of parent ID’s or driver’s licenses, and a recent physical and immunization records for your child. All completed forms need to be submitted prior to enrollment. You will also need to pay your first week’s tuition in advance.

If your child is enrolling in VPK or you are participating in the School Readiness program, you will need to obtain the certificate from the Early Learning Coalition prior to enrollment. (See previous FAQ)

All staff maintain the criteria set up by the State of Florida to qualify them to teach or assist in the childcare classroom.

Yes, children may come for full days or part days. Schedules can be worked out depending on the individual family’s needs. However the academic portion of the day takes place during the morning hours. The Department of Children and Families requires that all children in our care have a 2-hour rest period in the afternoon.

Students are served lunch and snack while on campus.

We do not take the children off-campus for field trips. However, we will have periodic guests for on-site programs.

Positive direction and instruction is required in order for children to relate to each another. Respect for themselves, others and the environment is a learned skill. Young children must be exposed and educated on how to courteously get along with others. Our goal is for your child to have strength of mind and will.

Age appropriate boundaries are established within the room setting as well as on the playground. Children will quickly learn what is within acceptable limits. As educators of young children, it is our responsibility to teach children acceptable behavior as a result of modeling and through positive discussion and redirection. Approving support will be given when your child exhibits positive behavior.
As per Chapter 65C-22 Florida Administrative Codes/ Childcare Standards, all childcare personnel must comply with the facilities written disciplinary policy. Such policies shall include standards that prohibit children from being subjected to discipline which is severe, humiliating, frightening or associated with food, rest or toileting. All child care personnel are prohibited from spanking as well as any other form of physical punishment.

Should behavior become less than acceptable, your child will be redirected in a positive manner. Teachers will use a variety of positive redirection. For example reward system using stickers, stamps, pennies, etc. Or just simple asking the running child to “use your inside feet” or “please save your running feet for outside.”

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Ms. Marina Parker, Interim Director
2300 Luther Road
(Deep Creek)
Port Charlotte, FL 33983
Phone: 941-627-5821
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