Lighthouse Child and Family Development Center (LCFDC) is a non-profit Christian-based program that offers high quality care and education to children 0-6 years, and provides a family-centered environment designed to engage and empower families.

Mission statement

Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center provides quality care and education to children 0-6 years in a Christian environment with a focus on strengthening families through community collaboration.

Program philosophy

LCFDC is designed to nurture and support each child’s physical, social, emotional intellectual and language development. Each child’s growth and development is enriched through developmentally appropriate experiences. The program’s daily schedule provides children with opportunities to explore the environment, self-select activities, practice language, develop problem-solving skills, discover appropriate interactions with peers and adults and acquire concepts through hands-on experiences. In addition, LCFDC has a deep desire and focus to strengthen families. LCFDC strives to educate and support families in their efforts to accomplish individual goals and to assist them in becoming strong advocates for their child’s education.

Program goals and objectives

  1. Provide quality care and education to children ages 0-6 years.
    LCFDC accomplishes this goal by using best practices in all areas of programming and by individualizing curriculum for each child through observation and assessment and the use of DRDP.
  2. Encourage and empower families through holistic support.
    LCFDC aims to assist families in their efforts to raise confident and resilient children and to assist each individual family in accomplishing desired family goals. In addition, LCFDC offers family education opportunities regularly throughout the year to assist families in obtaining their goals.
  3. Partner with community organizations to assist with programming and sustainability
    LCFDC believes we are better together! LCFDC partners with the faith community to deliver care and education services. In addition, LCFDC partners with many other community agencies to assist with quality programming such as the Musgrave Foundation, the Creamery Arts Center, Junior League, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Drury University, Evangel University, and the Springfield-Greene County Library.

Our history

LCFDC was founded in 2007 through the vision of the Musgrave Foundation, who continues to be an on-going supporter of Lighthouse and its mission. The program began with a small center based out of Faith Tabernacle Church. Lighthouse opened a church partner location in October 2009 at Messiah Lutheran Church. In August of 2015, Lighthouse moved their second location to Turning Point Church.

Our board of directors

  • Dana Carroll (Chair)
  • Rob Baird
  • Bob Bell
  • Becca Brotherton

  • Bill Bryan
  • Karolyn Young
  • Jeremy Hahn
  • Lacey Nunnally