Atonement Lutheran Preschool is owned and operated by Atonement Lutheran Church

and the Atonement Lutheran  Church Council that governs it.



1621 Francisco Road   Columbus, Ohio    43220

Preschool:  (614) 451-5212

Church:  (614) 451-1880


Pastor.................................................................. Rev. Richard Schneider

Preschool Director............................................... Carmen Fryman

Church Administrative Assistant...........................Sherri Savage


Jesus told His disciples,

"I am among you as one who serves." (Luke 22:27)

"I have given you an example.  Go and do likewise."  (John 13:15)


Jesus also directed His disciples,

"Let the children come to me."  (Luke 18:16)


Through our preschool program, we strive to connect families to Jesus by meeting their child care and early education needs. 

We daily prepare to meet the needs of our students socially, physically, and emotionally. 

We provide a Christ-centered environment in which we emphasize cognitive and spiritual development,

catering to the development of the whole child, truly making Atonement, "A Great Place to Grow!" 





Christian Care Basics

Christian Care is based on the rationale that it takes a Christian congregation of many families to help raise a Christian child in God's loving grace.


Christian Care holds to these basic assumptions:

                All children are created by God.


                Each child's self-image is one of worth because he or she is God's blessed child.


                Our caring is a response to God's love and His command that we are to love one another.


                Young children need to develop positive social relationships with peers and grown-ups.


                Attitudes and life values are formed at an early age.


                Children learn through exploration and discovery.


While children are in "educare" their developmental needs are met in a stimulating learning environment.


What does a Christian Childcare center look like?

1         Children are welcomed joyfully and by name.  Gentle hugs, warm cuddles, friendly handshakes and sincere praise are given generously to show children our love.

2         Parents are welcomed warmly and invited to stay as long as they like.  They are regularly invited to attend worship.

3         Teachers speak daily about our loving Jesus, reminding students to forgive one another as Jesus forgave us.  "Jesus" songs and stories are told daily.

4         Children are reminded daily that they are God's special children and are continually in His loving care.

5         As they play, students are reminded to appreciate God's beautiful creation. 

6         The center provides a warm, safe, comfortable home away from home.

7         Children's good behavior is affirmed daily.

8         Daily prayers, including prayers of thanks for each child, are said aloud.


A Christian caregiver~

                Honors children.

                Respects children and their families

                Lives in "Christ-esteem".

                Shows Jesus' love in words and actions.

                Demonstrates nurture, patience, and forgiveness.





Atonement Lutheran Preschool functions as an outreach of the congregation. 

Our intent is to share the love of Jesus Christ in a preschool setting with the children and families of this community. 

Our purpose is to provide a Christ-centered environment in which the children are given an opportunity to grow mentally, socially, physically, spiritually, and to develop educational readiness. 

We are pleased that you have chosen to include us in the growth and development of your children.



1.  To provide a nurturing, safe, and secure school environment where a positive self-concept is enhanced and independence is encouraged.


2. To develop an interest and joy in learning, as well as a feeling of security, success, acceptance, and responsibility.


3. To provide opportunities which foster self-discipline, self-reliance, and respect for self and others.


4. To provide a curriculum that emphasizes Christian concepts and teachings as well as live language, creative expression, socialization, large and small motor development, and reading and math readiness.


5. To be supportive of parents and encourage parent involvement through frequent   activities and home/school communication.          


At the end of the handbook you will find an attachment about licensing and other valuable information.  Please take the time to read this information.




Atonement Lutheran Preschool is open to three, four, and five-year-old children. 

The children must be three on or before the first day of school in order to attend. 

We will enroll children turning three before November 30th after school starts on a space-available basis,

     however, the child may not attend until after their third birthday. 

The preschool does not discriminate in the enrollment of children on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin. 

Enrollment priority is first given to currently enrolled students, then to members of Atonement Lutheran Church. 

All non-members will be enrolled, pending space availability on March 1st, when enrollment is open to the public. 

When the maximum class size is attained, a waiting list will be maintained. 

A child is considered enrolled in the center only after the registration fee has been received. 

An acceptance letter or a letter stating waiting list position will acknowledge enrollment. 

Basic enrollment and health information must be on file prior to the first day of class. 

Any change to this information must be communicated to the office immediately so that current information is always on file. 

This is for the safety of your child. 

A medical form signed by a physician or certified nurse practitioner is required to be submitted within 30 days of admission. 

This medical form must be updated every 13 months.




Staff/Child Ratios and Group sizes

    State Requirements:    

3-year olds       1:12                 4-year olds       1:14

 In a group        2:24                 In a group        2:28


Atonement Enrollment:           

Classes with enrolled 3-year olds                     1:10

Classes with enrolled 4- and 5-year olds          1:12

When grouped, our classes shall not exceed    2:24


**Assistant teachers will be assisting in all classes as needed and will spend time helping the lead teacher in each classroom on a daily basis.




Tuition fees for the current school year are posted online and are available on current registration forms.



Extended care is available to meet the needs of the parents from:

7:00 am- 9 am and 3:00 pm- 6 pm

Fees for extended care are also available online and on current registration forms.

Our tax ID number and receipt are available upon request.


In order for registration to be complete:

A $50.00 registration fee will be required as well as the first month of tuition. 

In case of the need to cancel a registration, the tuition will be reimbursed, but the registration fee is non-refundable. 

An additional supply fee will be required during the first month of school to cover supply costs. 

There are NO supplies required. 

Your child will only need a backpack, book bag or sack to carry things back and forth to school.


·         Tuition fees are due the first of each month.

·         Extended care fees are due no later than the first of each week.


·         Checks should be made payable to Atonement Lutheran Preschool. 

·         Checks may be given to the director or director's designee at the school or mailed to the preschool:


        Attention: Preschool Director

        Atonement Lutheran Church

        1621 Francisco Road

        Columbus, OH 43220


 ·         A fee of $5.00, per day, will be charged for each tuition not paid by the first of the month. 

·         The school reserves the right to terminate enrollment if tuition payments are not paid in a timely manner. 

·         There is no reduction of tuition for absence due to vacation or illness.

·         A two-week notice of withdrawal is required in order to avoid a two-week tuition penalty fee. 

·         Fines will be charged for late pickup as follows.  Fifteen minutes or less beyond pick-up time will be charged a $5.00 fine. 

Anything beyond 15 minutes will be charged at the hourly extended care rate of $12.00 per hour.


Children may be registered by making an appointment with the Director/Teacher, Mrs. Carmen Fryman. 

You may reach Mrs. Fryman by calling the preschool phone number, 451-5212.  You may also leave a message with the church secretary by calling the church phone number, 451-1880. 


HOURS OF OPERATION: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday



Preschool (3- and 4-year old children not going to kindergarten)

Pre-Kindergarten (4-year old children eligible to attend kindergarten in their home school district in the fall)


Scheduled school closings:

Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Holiday (see current year calendar for dates), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day

Atonement is a polling location.  We WILL be closed on election days (November and May) for the safety of our children.  

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on these days. 

If there is no voting in our precinct, school WILL be in session. 

Watch monthly calendars!



On rare occasions, it may be necessary to close the preschool due to poor weather conditions. 

We will make every effort to open our doors at the normal time. 

In the event of necessary closure, you will receive an automated phone message between 6-8 am. 

In addition, if e-mail is provided, a message will be sent.



The daily program provides opportunities for quiet and active activities.  The program will emphasize development of the following areas:


·         Christian Concepts

·         Language and Communication

·         Sensory Motor

·         Large and Small Muscle Development

·         Listening Comprehension

·         Social and Cognitive Development




The Daily Schedule


We want your child to feel secure and independent, to move from one activity to another as easily and confidently as possible.

And we want to provide a variety of learning experiences for a well-rounded education.

So we plan a daily schedule with these goals in mind. We follow this same schedule day after day.

A picture schedule, posted in each room, helps children feel secure because they know what comes next.

This schedule works well for us. After a few months, children are amazingly independent.

They tell us what they are supposed to do next!