KinderSpirit Inc. is a 501c3 education organization in MA. We create developmentally appropriate curriculum to support the spiritual development of young children, nurtured alongside their parent or guardian. In addition, we provide program evaluation and consulting services to educational and religious entities.
What is KinderSpirit Inc.?
KinderSpirit Inc was born out of a question: What if children were introduced to a healthy spiritual or religious life in *their* way? What if, instead of asking them to be quiet and sit still, we encouraged them to sing, dance, and play? What if instead of "seen and not heard", we "follow the child"?
Through the generous support of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies' Co-Creator Incubator, we created a non-profit focused on creating developmentally appropriate music, movement, and faith focused curricula for young children and their families.
In addition, our founder, Rachael B. Lawrence, PhD, draws on her many years of experience to offer program evaluation and consulting.
Meet our Directors
Rachael B. Lawrence
Rachael is the founder of KinderSpirit Inc. As an experienced educator, pastor, and musician, she blends her many passions into creating these unique classes. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master of Music from the University of Akron, and a Bachelor of Music from Heidelberg College.
Join a KinderSpirit Class
In person classes are not currently available due to to the COVID-19 Pandemic. When they resume, our primary location will be at Second Baptist Church in Suffield, CT.
Are you interested in having KinderSpirit in your Connecticut/Pioneer Valley location? Please feel free to reach out for more information.
Start a KinderSpirit Class in Your Area
Interested in teaching or leading KinderSpirit classes in your area?
We will soon be offering teacher/leader training and packages for using the resources in your community. Please feel free to reach out for more information.
Program Evaluation and Educational Consulting Services
Rachael B. Lawrence, PhD, is a program evaluator and consultant with over 10 years of experience. She has evaluated programs funded by the Strada Educational Network, the US Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Lilly Endowment, and more. With a special focus on developmental evaluation, she can help you get the information you need to shape and refine programs in education, religion, and more. Contact us for an proposal on your project today! Reasonable daily rates.
Homeschool Consultation and Evaluation Services - $150/child and up
Would your homeschool program benefit from a portfolio analysis conducted by an external evaluator? Our basic portfolio analysis is $150, with a 1-2 page report generated for your use. More in-depth analyses are also available. Please contact us for more information.
Ministerial Package Affordability Assessment - $300
Are you from a church search committee or pastoral relations team wondering how much time your ministerial package allowance will afford? By comparing your budgeted amount to other local church guidelines and similar positions in the area, we can help you understand what percentage of full-time ministry you can afford and why. For $300 dollars, we will generate a personalized report with recommendations for your ministry, including an anticipated range of hours and suggestions for how you can make this level of ministry viable. This step can help give you assurance that pastoral compensation -- and the expectations for service for this level of ministry -- are reasonable and fair.
Additional follow up and consultation is available at additional cost.