Early Child Development Center



A Ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church



Open Arms Christian Child Development Center is a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Glenview. We are committed to providing safe, educationally excellent, family centered child development rooted in Christ-like love. We are called to serve our community. It begins with a commitment to having an excellent staff. At Open Arms, each child is guided to develop his/her potential in every aspect of life within an encouraging and nurturing environment. We operate our center assuming that each child is an individual and must be allowed to grow and learn at his/her own rate and to develop a healthy self-image. At Open Arms, we will help each child to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually.


We are a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church.  To learn more, please visit:

Christ-centered Learning

Christ modeled what education, love, and relationships should look like, and so, we lead by His perfect example. (1 John 4:7)

Supporting our Families

The Lord has entrusted children to parents as a “heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) to be treasured as a gift from Him. We uphold that a family’s highest calling is to provide for their children’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.

Relationship with Staff

Our loving teachers help children learn by providing a safe and nurturing environment that is inquiry based and explorative. It is our desire to provide authentic experiences for each child, in all of our classrooms, from our infants to our Kindergarten.


 We invest in the holistic development of every child which includes spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative development.  Art, Music, Social Emotional Learner (SEL), Library, Spanish are offered weekly and are included in the tuition. 



If you love Pickleball, you are in luck! Pickleball takes place on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, and on Saturdays at 9:00am in our full-size gymnasium. Don't worry if you don't know how to play, we are more than willing to teach you. If you're curious, come on by and join the fun!




If you're interested in playing a friendly game of Volleyball, don't hesitate to stop on by and check us out. We play every Wednesday at 7:00pm unless there is an event for the Church or Early Childhood Center taking place in the gym that night.

Open Arms Administration  Staff


Jesus is the pefect example of education, love and relationships.  His unwavering support is why we are able to accomplish the ministry He sets before us. 


You are your child's first and most important teacher.  With you we are able to make a lasting impact on your child's faith and education. 

Matthew Douglas


Pastor Matt leads the congregation, staff, and families of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Open Arms Christian Child Development Center through Biblical wisdom, prayers, and relationships with the guidance of Christ. 

Jessy Dinkelman


Jessy Dinkelman is the Director of the Early Childhood Center.  It is her passion to form relationships with the children, families, staff, and congregation that lead to God's ministry being ever present. 

Tracie Douglas

Early Childhood Consultant

Tracie Douglas is the Early Childhood consultant.  She is committed to working with educators, teachers, young children, and families to support high-quality early childhood education.  


Kathy Gerken

Business Manager

Kathy Gerken is the business manager.  Anything that gets done around here, has Kathy's devotion driving it.  We are so thankful for her heart to serve the Lord. 

Missy Brouillet

Administrative Assistant

Missy Brouillet is the Administrative Assistant for Immanuel and Open Arms.  She supports the Lord's Ministry through her organization skills and devotion to welcoming families and staff everyday. 

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