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2023-24 Devotion Guide

On the Road / En La Carretera

Lutheran Schools Week: March 3-9, 2024 "On The Road"

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Leaders are tagged with many titles, Pastors and Principals, Directors and Teachers all can benefit by understanding the potential others across the country have packed into their positions. Connect with your community!


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The exchange and exploration of ideas and experiences in regional and local events, conferences, webinars develop strong networks of support and inspiration.



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I have benefitted tremendously

“When I moved from my teaching position into the directorship a few years ago, I was delightfully surprised to discover the support of the ELEA and the community of directors. I have benefitted tremendously from the resources and the shared wisdom, knowledge, and experience of others who serve children and their families in Lutheran early learning centers throughout the country. Thank you for this vital ministry! It is a gift to know that I am not alone.”
Lori Erven, Director of St. Luke Preschool
Albuquerque, New Mexico

I am so grateful for the connections I made

"I am so grateful for the connections I made at the last conference, and we are continuing to stay in touch through all this. It is so comforting to know that there are other directors who are facing the same challenges I am. I can't begin to tell you how helpful it has been to be able to talk with others about what we are planning, what they have planned, and what has or has not worked for them. I don't know how I would have gotten through these last few months without the support of the ELEA and the directors I have met. Thank you for everything you have done!"
Tammy Seidemann, Director of Holy Cross Preschool
Menomonee Falls, WI

The ELEA has been there for me

“Although I had years of experience in early childhood as a teacher when I became a preschool director of a Lutheran school, I realized I needed additional support. The ELEA has been there for me. They provide the resources, connections, and support that promote the well-run, love-infused ministry.”
Jenny James, Director of First Lutheran Preschool
Ellicott City Maryland

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16,700 Multicultural Staff

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140,000 Children & Youth

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