Our JLU story

JLU Child Care began in 2010 as our dream for all working families to find a loving and safe learning center for their young children. 


That was us, as we were both in busy careers with four young children and at times multiple foster children.  Today we are a loving family of eleven with four biological children, three adopted children and two foster children.


Mrs. Leslie Ball was a full-time working mother for many years prior to JLU, and can relate to the stress a family feels to find quality childcare. It is her desire to alleviate this stress for other families through her work creating an environment of quality childcare that is educationally based where children feel loved.  Mrs. Ball holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in mathematics.  At JLU, her gifts and talents are primarily used outside of the classroom, with a focus on growing and sustaining the business. 


Pastor Mark Ball currently serves as the senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Hilton. He shares a deep passion for Christian-based education and works on growing the JLU business part-time. Pastor Ball was ordained through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in January 2011 and also holds a Masters in Communications.

We hope to serve and be a part of your family!

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