Little Lambs Early Childhood Center

The Highest Rated Christian Preschool in the EUP

5-Star rating by Great Start to Quality (Michigan's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS))
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Little Lambs Early Childhood Center. A ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church

Who we are

Little Lambs Early Childhood Center serves the area of Sault Sainte Marie by providing a Christ-centered, curriculum-based early childhood education for children ages 3-5.

Little Lambs Early Childhood Center offers preschool and provides valuable learning experiences for children ages three through five in a Christian environment. It is open to families of the community during the Fall, Winter, and Spring according to a calendar set each year. Little Lambs will not operate unless it is licensed by the State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing (BCAL).

Little Lambs takes seriously our obligation to teach and train children in accordance with the Savior's command: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20), and "Feed my lambs" (John 21:15).

Thus, the purpose of Little Lambs is to share the precious love and forgiveness of Jesus with the children who attend the center and also with their families. Each child, parent/guardian, and staff member will be treated with the same love and respect that God has shown to each of us.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is a combination of two programs (HighScope® and Christ-Light®) providing your little lambs with the perfect balance of quality play-based learning and biblically sound education.


Play-based, child-centered, and grounded in research.

In a HighScope classroom, children are guided to explore, interact, and exercise their creative imagination through purposeful play. Well-prepared teachers support and extend each child’s learning based on their developmental levels, so children enter school ready and eager to learn.


Biblically sound Christian education.

Reflecting Martin Luther's passion for biblically sound Christian education, the Christ-Light curriculum guides children through a framework that teaches them the precious truth of God’s Word.

Our Facility

An ideal place for children to play and learn, Little Lambs facilities are designed with your child's development in mind. The classroom provides a safe and vibrant environment to prepare your children for kindergarten.

Little Lambs operates inside the building of Immanuel Lutheran Church, as a ministry of the congregation. The Little Lambs classroom provides ample space for most learning activities. Little Lambs also makes use of other areas of the building which are approved by the State of Michigan. A playground is adjacent to the building with developmentally appropriate equipment for preschoolers.

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Meet the teachers

Our teachers bring their passion for early childhood learning and high standard of professionalism with them to the classroom every day. They will work closely with you and your children to ensure they are getting the highest quality Christian education available in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.


Kendra Lund


Kendra graduated from Lake Superior State University with her Bachelor of Science in Education degree majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Sociology. She has been the lead teacher at Little Lambs since 2014. Kendra and her family lives in Sault Ste Marie, and are members at Immanuel Lutheran Church.


Rebeca Barclay

Lead Teacher

Rebeca graduated from Lake Superior State University a bachelors of science in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Recreational Studies. She was an afternoon aid at Little Lambs when she was in college. She has been lead teacher since 2021. She lives in Sault Ste. Marie Mi, and is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church


Jeff Grundmeier


Pastor Jeff graduated from Martin Luther College's pre-seminary program with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009, and from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2013. He loves serving as Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and living here in Sault Ste. Marie with his family.

Apply for your child

We would love to have your little lamb join our flock. Fill out the application below and we will contact you within 1-3 business days.

Application Form

To apply for your child, fill out the online form, or download the application form below and drop it off with one of our teachers.

Download the Application Form

Parent Handbook

The Parent Handbook contains everything you need to know about having your child attend Little Lambs Early Childhood Center.

Download the Parent Handbook

Contact Us

Little Lambs Early Childhood Center
Immanuel Lutheran Church
615 Washington Way,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783,
United States

Phone: +1 906-632-2640

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