Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When was Bethany Lutheran Preschool/MDO started?
Bethany Lutheran Preschool first opened its doors in 1963. The Preschool/MDO program is a ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church of Johnson County, which was founded in 1961. To learn more about Bethany Lutheran Church, please visit the church’s website.

Do I have to be a member of Bethany for my child to attend your program?
No! Bethany welcomes children from all faiths and denominations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or physical handicap.

What is the difference between a Mother’s Day Out program and Preschool?
Traditionally a Mother’s Day Out program is just that – a time for parents to have a break while leaving their child in a safe place. Generally the program provides a nonstructured environment where the children can play with their peers. A Preschool program provides a blend of a structured (academic) and a nonstructured (play) environment. The teachers have a specific plan for each day and each day builds on skills that were introduced in the previous class.

What are the teacher to child ratios?
The ratios vary depending on the age of the children. There are two adults in each classroom regardless of the age of the children. The young toddler MDO classes have 10 children, the older toddler MDO classes classes have 12 children and the PS/PK classes have 14 children in each class.

What qualifications are required of the staff?
The staff at Bethany Lutheran Preschool and MDO meets rigorous screening, education, and experience qualifications. Each teacher is provided with continuing education to broaden and increase skills to make a unique and positive contribution to the education of your child. Great care is given in the selection of our staff. Each teacher is a loving, trustworthy servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, who meets or exceeds all requirements for the State of Kansas and is dedicated to educating young children. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid and must pass a criminal history background check.

Bethany Lutheran Preschool/MDO is a ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church so what “religion” is taught at the school?
Our goal is to help the children grow in their love for Jesus Christ and to understand that He is a part of their lives everyday and not just on Sunday. We do not teach the children any doctrine as our students come to us from a variety of dominations and we want to be respectful of people’s differences. Bible stories are introduced in an age appropriate way and values and virtues are taught and lived in each classroom.

Does my child have to be potty-trained?
Children who are enrolled in the Mother’s Day Out program do not need to be potty-trained. All children entering our Preschool programs (PS, PK and Multi-Age) do need to be potty-trained to attend classes.

Do you accept children with special needs?
We work with the families of children with special needs on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Preschool/MDO office directly for more information.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Please contact the Preschool/MDO office directly to speak with someone regarding your financial situation and the availability of scholarships for the school year.

Is there before care and/or after care?
Before and after care is provided by our sister K-8 school for those children who are enrolled in the multi-age full day class that meets five days a week.

Do I need an appointment to visit the school?
We have an open door policy, however, we recommend you call ahead of time to ensure someone is available to give you a tour of our classrooms.