morningside lutheran preschool

Morningside Lutheran Preschool serves children ages 3-5, providing a nurturing, high quality preschool education in a caring, Christian atmosphere. We support the ideal that Christian-based education is best realized by creating opportunities for children to explore, play, learn and socialize in a Christian atmosphere, with teachers who motivate them to grow and develop not only socially and academically, but also spiritually. We accept students regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity or physical ability.

Morningside Lutheran Preschool is a fully licensed preschool through the Iowa Department of Human Services and is a proud member of the Sioux City Preschool Initiative program. We follow the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (QPPS), as well as Iowa Early Learning Standards.

Our preschool program uses Teaching Strategies' The Creative Curriculum for Preschool as our curriculum base to address areas of learning such as social-emotional, literacy and math, science, social studies and the arts, and incorporates these subjects throughout every part of every day. Using play, exploration and discovery as a way of learning, children develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

All Morningside Lutheran Preschool staff members meet or exceed the requirements established by the Iowa Department of Human Services, as well as the requirements of the Sioux City Preschool Initiative. All staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen/Emergency Precautions Procedures, Mandatory Reporting and Preschool GOLD Assessment.  

Parents and volunteers are a welcome, valued addition to our classroom! Parents are welcome to come and observe at any time. Volunteers are needed to chaperone field trips, assist in the classroom, and more! All staff members and volunteers are required to complete state and federal criminal background checks before working with our children.

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Our 3-year-old class focuses more heavily on the social aspects of learning including sharing, cooperation, socialization, listening, problem solving and manners. 3-year-olds are introduced to the concepts of colors, letters, counting, shapes and name recognition.  In partnership with Morningside Lutheran Church, each preschool day concludes with a Bible story or lesson and a time of prayer. The 3-year-old class is held from 9:00-11:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children must be 3 by September 15th of the current school year and is strongly recommended they are potty trained.


Our 4-year-old class in partnership with the Sioux City Preschool Initiative, utilizes The Creative Curriculum, emphasizing both social and academic skills. Students begin working on literacy concepts, listening skills, story comprehension and early writing skills, math concepts such as counting, patterns, and one to one correspondence, science inquiry, social studies, art, and music. In partnership with Morningside Lutheran Church, each preschool day concludes with a Bible story or lesson and a time of prayer. The 4-year-old class is held from 8:30AM -2:45PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Children must be 4 by September 15th of the current school year.


MLC Preschool adheres to a strict teacher to child ratio. Our program's enrollment is limited to including 16 three year olds and 20 four year olds. If you would like more information about our preschool or how to register your child for the next school year, please contact us at or by calling 712-276-2511 extension 21 and leaving us a message.