As a ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Atonement Christian Day School (ACDS) opened its doors in the fall of 1995. Our primary aim is to provide a loving and safe environment for children, which fosters a strong spiritual foundation and an enthusiasm for learning. Incorporating the teachings of Jesus into everyday life, we seek to enhance the self-esteem and well being of all children in our programs. Emphasis is also placed on creating lifelong learners by encouraging exploration, curiosity and discovery. A strong sensitivity to the needs of the whole child provides the forum for personal growth and achievement.


ACDS is open to children ages seven weeks to seven years from the community as well as from our congregation. We are licensed by the state of Illinois to operate as a traditional Part Day preschool as well as a year-round Full Day preschool with extended hours. Governed by a board comprised of dedicated Congregation members, staff and parents, ACDS staff continually strive to provide a well-rounded program.



A respect for each child as a unique creation of God is at the core of our curriculum. Professional and dedicated staff model the love of Jesus and share his vision of peace, joy and community.

Through prayer, Bible stories, religious songs, service projects and discussion, children learn fundamental Christian values. A core curriculum of Jolly Phonics and the Letter People with use of basic materials (e.g. blocks, paint, clay, sand and water) and learning centers (e.g. dramatic play, science, literature and art) are carefully and creatively utilized by our team of teachers in planning a challenging and stimulating experience for each child.  
Every day, in a safe and comfortable environment, each child has experiences that enhance self-esteem and personal growth through positive social interactions.

At Atonement Christian Day School:

  • Children master valuable self-help skills.
  • Children learn to respect themselves, each other and the environment.
  • Play sets the stage for learning in which children may imitate, explore, test ideas, acquire information, and draw conclusions.
  • Children enjoy a multi-sensory way of learning using Letter People and Jolly Phonics.
  • Emphasis is placed on creating lifelong learners by encouraging exploration, curiosity and discovery.
  • Children experience hands on Science using the Letter People Math/Science curriculum and the Number People for math.
  • Children are exposed to writing with the Handwriting Without Tears Program.
  • The  Preschool Curriculum is designed and implemented to meet and exceed the Illinois Early Childhood Education Standards set by the Illinois Department of Education. *



Annual Events

Dad’s Day

Held on the last Saturday in January, this is an opportunity for the preschoolers and the men in their lives to  explore and have fun together. Each child and parent will work through several workshops that center on a common theme.

Fall Field Trip

Children aged Three to Kindergarten will board the bus and head to a wonderful fall outing. Oh yes parents, you may come too.

Open House

The second week of November the Day School holds an Open House. Families are invited to come and visit their child’s classroom where children’s art and schoolwork are on display. This is a time to visit with the teachers and socialize with other families.

Christmas Program

Our annual Christmas Program is early December. Family and friends are invited to begin their holiday season enjoying a memorable evening with children and staff of Atonement Christian Day School.

Mother’s Day Lunch

This luncheon and program is held before Mother’s Day. This is a very special event planned for you and your child. Children will perform a short program and afterwards the staff will be serving a fun filled lunch for you and your child to enjoy.

Sunday Worship — 9:00am: Sanctuary  |  10:15am: Parking Lot

Sunday School (pre – 5th grade): returning September 19, 2021

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