Director: Gwen Marshall


The mission of Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Learning Center is to provide a Christian environment and curriculum, taught in a Lutheran context, for the young people of our congregation and community. As members of Trinity Lutheran Church, we believe that we should play an active role in the spiritual, educational, and social development of children. We believe that particularly young children need thoughtful care and guidance. A viable early childhood learning center benefits young children at a time when meaningful instruction will foster the development of Christian faith and values in their lives.

Jesus said “Let the little children come to Me and do not keep them away, for the kingdom of heaven is made up of such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

With Lutheran teachers and a Christian staff, Trinity Lutheran ECLC provides a Christ-centered setting enabling young learners to develop as individuals through God’s love prior to their commencement of elementary school. The Early Childhood Learning Center not only benefits young children, but serves as an evangelical outreach to the community. It is the purpose of Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Learning Center to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with children and their families.


Children who are at least 5 years old by October 1 are eligible for kindergarten. Kindergarten meets daily from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Childcare is available before and after class. Class size is limited to 24 students.
Trinity offers tuition-free kindergarten through Hope On Line, which is a charter school program of Douglas County Schools. Kindergarten students spend one hour of their school day working in the computer lab. To find out more about Hope, visit There is a $150 enrollment fee for kindergarten, which pays for the students? field trips and special activities during the school year.


Children who are at least 4 years old by October 1 are eligible for the Preschool 2 class. Students who live in the City & County of Denver are eligible to receive scholarship funds through Denver Preschool Program if they are enrolled in this class. To find out more, visit Daily class size is limited to 20 students with 2 teachers. This classroom offers a traditional pre-kindergarten curriculum, providing children with a variety of experiences to help them successfully transition to kindergarten in a year.


Once a child is at least 2 1/2 years old and potty-trained, he or she is eligible to join the Preschool 1 classroom. Much of the focus in this classroom is to help the child become successful in the school environment ? following routine and schedules, functioning in a large group of peers, sharing the attention of the adults/teachers, etc. Daily class size is limited to 17 students with 2 teachers.

Other Facts About Trinity ECLC
  • Trinity includes prayer, music and the study of Scripture in each day’s activities
  • All-school chapel services are held weekly during the regular school year
  • Trinity is one of the over 1400 early childhood programs of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod – there are also over 900 elementary schools and 100 high schools, making it the second largest parochial school system in the United States
  • Trinity has CCAP contracts with Denver county.
  • All 3 of our lead teachers have bachelors degrees plus additional training
  • The director, Gwen Marshall, has been with the program since it opened in 1993


Annual Enrollment Fee

Preschool/Pre-K $120 per child as new enrollee
$50 per year to re-enroll
Kindergarten $150 per child per school year
Summer Only $25 per child per summer

Summer 2016

Maximum cost $38.00 per day
Morning Program (9:00AM – 12:00PM) $22 per child per day
Hourly Summer Childcare $4.00 per child per hour

2016-17 School Year (Begins September, 2016)
Monthly payments due by 20th of each month September through May

Full-time Childcare $830 per child per month
Part-time Childcare
2 days/week = $345 per child per month
3 days/week = $500 per child per month
4 days/week = $670 per child per month

Preschool Only (8:30-11:30)
Pre-kindergarten Only (8:30-11:45)
2-day = $205 per child per month
3-day = $280 per child per month
4-day = $370 per child per month
5-day = $455 per child per month
Hourly Preschool Childcare $4.00 per child per hour
(Up to 4.5 hours of childcare before or after PS/PK)
Kindergarten Only (8:30AM – 3:00PM)
$400 per child per month
Hourly Kindergarten Childcare $4.00 per child per hour
Maximum cost $16.00 per day

(Free tuition available through Hope On-Line)