Little Friends Christian Preschool and Childcare is located in La Grande, a rural town in eastern Oregon. It started as an idea in a church business meeting in June 2006. After many hours of hard work by members, the center opened in September 2006 with one student. From this small beginning, our center grew and it soon became apparent there was a need for a preschool. So it was decided to open one while continuing to provide child care. The hope was to grow the school and have a mission outreach in the community for those needing Christian-oriented child-care. Today, there is a full preschool of 20 students, and child care averages 8–15 children. Currently there are 16 preschoolers signed up for this fall. We are reaching our staff's goals, and we hope those signing up for the kindergarten program will continue in our local Adventist elementary school, grades 1–8. Some of the children and their parents have attended church.Staff members have an opportunity to be positive witnesses in the lives of these precious children and their families daily. Learning the ABC's and saying "please" and "thank you" are great — but learning about the love of Jesus is the ultimate goal. Little Friends has a director, three teachers and church volunteers who all work together providing quality preschool and child care. It is rewarding to see these children grow and mature, and grow in the understanding that Jesus loves them and is coming soon.
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