Early Childhood


picture-candy-headshotSWD early childhood consultantDr. Candyce Seider, visits free standing preschools and childcare centers, serves as a resource for congregations who want information about ministering to young children, and encourages those already in ministry to young children and their families. Please contact her if there’s anything she can do to help you in your ministry as you point parents and young children to their Lord and Savior, Jesus.



Early Childhood Award – The South Wisconsin District has made available awards up to $500 for teachers to support early childhood education in the classroom. If you are an early childhood teacher (birth -3rd grade), you can apply! There will be 9 awards of up to $500 each.

Who can apply:  Any early childhood director, teacher or school principal in the South Wisconsin District.

Applications are due by December 15.

Early Childhood Award Application

C-LECT (Certification in Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching)
This certification will:

  • provide Early Childhood professionals with a foundation of Lutheran thought and teaching
  • introduce Early Childhood professionals to the mission and ministry of Early Childhood education in the church
  • assist Early Childhood professionals in supporting the faith life of young children

Teaching the Faith Workshops – These workshops are held in Spring at several sites around the District.

Literacy Festival – This workshop is held the first Friday in August at Concordia University Wisconsin

In His Hands – In His Hands is a resource manual for starting, expanding or improving a Christ-centered early childhood development ministry.