About Us

The children at the Bethesda Childcare Center and Preschool are known as the “All Stars”.  They are some of the bright “stars” of the mission and ministry of Bethesda Lutheran Church.  The childcare center is a 501c3 nonprofit under the Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Who We Serve

 We are licensed by the MN Department of Human Services, Department of Children, Families, and Learning under MN statutes, Rule 3.  We are licensed for a combination of 46 school aged and preschool children.  The total numbers are dependant on staffing and licensed room space.

What We Offer

Every child needs something different from a childcare center.  Some children need a lot of structure while others just need time to play and interact with other children and teachers.  Older children may need a place to work on homework with a little help.  We try to provide for the many needs of all our children. 

Learn More

To find out more about Bethesda All Stars, please visit our website:

Kari Penas, Director


Kari has an Early Childhood Degree from MSUM, Moorhead.  She has over 20 years of child care experience in a variety of child care settings. Kari has been with the All Stars since its inception in 2006.

Paige Johnson, Lead Preschool Teacher


Paige holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Science from NDSU. Paige joined the All Stars in April 2013. ​

Megan Kramer, Lead School-Aged and Morning Preschool Teacher


Megan has a Child Development Associate Degree.  Megan has been with the All Stars since May 2007

Christina Zimmerman, Lead School Aged and Morning Preschool Teacher


Christina is currently pursuing an Elementary Education Degree.  Christina joined the All Stars in September 2008.

Bethesda Lutheran Church     |     401 40th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560     |     |     218-236-1420