Campus Learning Center (Child Care)

The Campus Learning Center for Children (CLC) provides quality care and age-appropriate education to young children in an environment of love and respect for God and all of his children. The CLC strives to instill a sense of belonging, independence, mastery and generosity in the hearts of our children.

The CLC is licensed by the State of South Dakota and is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Children are enrolled on a full-time basis in one of two age-specific programs; Toddler Programs (ages 1-3 years) and Preschool Program (ages 3-6 years). A Kindergarten Readiness Program is also provided in the mornings (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.).

Please take look at our new COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols (updated, Sept. 10, 2020).


A planned program is provided according to children's developmental needs. Children are exposed to the alphabet, phonetics, numbers, Spanish, and sign language story books.

Services are available to children with special needs in accordance with Augustana's non-discrimination policy and the staff-child ratio is administered to result in the least restrictive environment that is most beneficial for the child.

Campus Learning Center Staff

 Judy KnaJudy Knadeldel — Director of Campus Learning Center

Judy began working at the Campus Learning Center as a teacher in 1988. She has a teaching certificate and a Master's in Special Education from Augustana University. She became the learning center director in 2001. She loves teaching and getting to know the children and families.


Missy PateAmy Cisar  Head Toddler Teacher

Amy began working for the Campus Learning Center in August 2020. She enjoys creating a space for children to gain self-esteem and confidence. Since her time here, Amy has demonstrated her expertise and patience in the toddler room. Amy loves the Augustana community and is happy to be working among us. Amy and her husband, Topher, have five children.



Mary Slunecka

Mary Slunecka  Head Preschool Teacher

Mary is excited to be here at Augustana’s Campus Learning Center!  She has been working with children for over 30 years, from family daycare to daycare centers. She has a BS in Health Science and Early Childhood Education/Special Education as well her MS in guidance and counseling. She is married with two daughters, a son, and 4 grandchildren (with another one coming in November). "Being part of a child’s educational journey is a privilege. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is something not everyone gets to experience in their job and that is what makes the world of a teacher different from other jobs."


Kary Best

 Kary Best Toddler Teacher Assisant

Kary has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont. She has worked with young children in Vermont, Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota. She has been at the learning center since 2014 and loves working with toddlers because they are loving, funny and full of energy.



Misty Schultz

Misty Schultz  Preschool Assistant Teacher

 Misty is married and has a son and a daughter.  Misty has done child care for 33 years.  She first did it in her home, and then has worked in  two  other preschools.  She worked in a retirement home for five years, but she missed the children too much.  She is very happy to be at the  Campus Learning Center!  In her free time, she is happy to be with her family which includes three grandchildren.  



Contact Information

The Campus Learning Center for Children is located adjacent to the campus at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 909 West 33rd Street.

For information about enrollment and rates, email Judy Knadel at or phone: 605.274.4701.