Our Program

The curriculum in our preschool-age program is designed to meet or exceed Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards.  These standards were created for children from birth through kindergarten.  The purpose of these standards is to support the development and well-being of young children and to foster their learning.  The standards include social/emotional development, language and literacy development, physical and well-being development, and cognitive development and general knowledge which includes math, science and social studies.
The curriculum in our school-age program is Building the Primary Classroom which assists children to learn and grow beyond the classroom.


Preschool-age                                                                                                                                    “Preschool child” means a child who has not entered kindergarten and is not of compulsory school age as defined in section 3321.01 of the Revised Code. The Tigers’ Den policy is to have preschool students that are age 5 and entering kindergarten in the fall to participate in the preschool-age program during the summer. If a parent would prefer their child to attend the school-age program it is up to their discretion Tigers’ Den will allow the change. If a child is not yet 3 but enrolled in the St. John Lutheran Preschool Program and will turn 3 on or before September 30, they are eligible to use the Tigers’ Den the first day of the school year.

Our preschool-age program is a continuation of our St. John preschool offering fun educational experiences for your child to learn.


“School-age child” means a person who is in kindergarten or age six and of compulsory school age according to the entry date determined by the school district in section 3321.01 of the Revised Code.


our program is currently open to children enrolled in St. John Lutheran School. If there are spots available, we will consider  enrolling students from Defiance City Schools. We also have care available for school delays, closings, s and summer vacation.

Summer Time                                                                                                                                                        Our program is open through the summer for all children, age 3 through grade 8. 

Field Trips

Occasionally during the summer the school-age children participate in a variety of field trips and fun activities to fill the days over summer break.