Westwood Early Childhood Center is an integral part of Westwood Lutheran Church and helps foster the development of young children within a quality Christian atmosphere. The educators of Reggio Emilia, Italy inspire our work and observation and documentation support our practice. Elements such as natural materials, open-ended activities, and the arts are woven throughout our practice and are visible within our environment. Four essential partners - the church community, children, teachers, and parents - guide our work, shape our ministry, and serve as inspiration within daily practice.
Children and families are invited to engage in faith formation experiences through partnerships with the church’s ministries such as weekly community meals, family-focused worship services, and quarterly donation drives to the
St. Louis Park Emergency Program. Participation in mealtime prayers, weekly chapel, and openness to other faith traditions reflects the program’s vision and mission to Worship, Serve, Invite, Connect, Give, and Grow.