At three years of age, the child has already laid the foundations of the human personality and needs the special help of education in the school. The acquisitions he has made are such that we can say the child who enters school at three is an old man. ~Maria Montessori
Welcome to Apple Tree Learning Centers
At Apple Tree learning is fun so it's fun to learn
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The Apple Tree Family
Preparing children today for adventures tomorrow.
The first thing you’ll notice in our infant rooms are the friendly staff and clean environment.
Our lesson plans are designed to give these high-energy little ones non-stop fun activities.
These curious young minds require lots of challenge and stimulation as well as some fun.
You can rest assured when you leave your little one with us they will get the best possible care.
Our School Age program is more than managed play. Kids get to let off steam but they continue to learn.
The goal of Apple Tree Children’s Centers is a research based, age appropriate educational experience.
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It is the goal of Apple Tree Children’s Centers to provide a research based, age appropriate educational experience for all Apple Tree Children. Curriculum planning is completely transparent. Please direct any and all questions to the staff and/or management of the center you attend.
What Parents say
Apple Tree is more than a daycare for our son Jake, it is a second home. Every morning we arrive, the first thing he does is run to his caregiver to get swooped up for a good morning hug. It feels good to know that we can go to work with confidence knowing that he is in a caring, safe, educational and very fun environment. That peace of mind is priceless! We're also very excited for our new daughter, Tova, to start in the nursery very soon!
The Burns Family
"We love AppleTree Valhalla. My children have attended the center for the past 6 years and love it. The teachers are so wonderful, caring and nurturing. So many great memories. The whole staff is like family."
The Chan Family
Apple Tree is our home away from home. We never believed a daycare center could provide the kind of love and nurturing our children need but Apple Tree continues to prove us wrong! It has given our children an environment to grow, learn, and enjoy during every moment they spend there. The staff treat our children like family and go out of their way to assure their safety. We feel confident that our children are happy and secure while we are away. We just love Apple Tree and all the smiling faces we see there! If you need more, just let us know! I definitely could have rambled on and on some more as there are more than enough kind things we have to say! Also, Lynn is the absolute best! We are so fortunate to have had her move with us from West to North! Our children never forget to mention her in their nightly prayers. Thanks!
The Reilly Family
Within the first week of being at Apple Tree, I saw a change in our daughter that amazed me. She had always been a "social butterfly" but to have the interaction with children of all ages around her and to see her blossom under the supervision of the teachers was truly breath taking. I am what you might call a "worry wart" and I have complete confidence in the staff at Apple Tree and I know that when she is there, I have nothing to worry about. I know the staff and teachers truly care about my children and it's not just a job to them. Amy and Carol are amazing leaders for the Teachers and lead by example. I have watched the way they handle certain situations with children and it has effected the way I talk to my children, so they have not only taught my children, they are teaching me too. They have an amazing program at Apple Tree and other centers in town should strive to be as good as them. Also, I just recently bought a house in Garretson and I work downtown SF. My husband and I discussed changing daycares and we decided that the drive to Apple Tree was worth it and we are going to commute our kids so they can stay there. I truly appreciate everything that Carol, Amy and all the teachers have done for our kids! I hope there is something out of this you can use. If not it's ok, at least pass this on so the higher ups can see that Valhalla center is exceeding expectations.
The Cutrer Family
Why Apple Tree Children's CentersOur mission is to provide exceptional care, nurture and age-appropriate learning opportunities in the context of a Christ-centered worldview. This mission is accomplished through the dedicated effort of management and staff whose concern is for the welfare of the children entrusted to our care.
All four of our facilities are kept safe and secure at all times. We strive to provide a clean, comfortable environment for our children. Our staff is warm, caring and trained to instill a passion for lifelong learning in our students while nurturing their individual strengths.
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Small Class Size
Apple Tree Children’s Centers began serving the Sioux Falls area in 1981 as a small one-room pre-school program, specializing in the Montessori Learning Method. The need for additional childcare services was soon identified. We currently have four facilities able to care for 800 children. Apple Tree Children’s Centers, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the best childcare, pre-school preparation and before/after school program to the children and families we serve.
The mission of Apple Tree Children’s Centers is to provide exceptional care, nurture and age-appropriate learning opportunities in the context of a Christ-centered worldview. This mission is accomplished through the dedicated effort of management and staff whose concern is for the welfare of the children entrusted to their care.
The future of our world will be molded by our children of today. At Apple Tree Children’s Centers, we value the uniqueness of each child and encourage the growth and development to become a responsible individual. Through time-tested processes, learning is experienced through classroom structured settings and supervised play. We believe that all activities, with guidance, are a teaching tool that strengthens the independence, confidence, and problem-solving characteristics needed to maintain a healthy and productive future. Apple Tree Children’s Centers believe a warm and caring home with loving parents is the best place for children. For many families, this environment is only available for a limited time during the week. The financial realities of modern life call most parents into the workforce. Apple Tree strives to create and maintain an environment as close as possible to that of the home we just described. Apple Tree considers the physical, psychological, emotional, and developmental needs of the children entrusted to its care in the design of facilities and programs as well as staffing and supervision. Excellence in child care is the goal of Apple Tree Children’s Centers Our programs are designed to support the needs of children age 4 weeks to 11 years, giving them a secure start to becoming a responsible adult.
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JaimeeAssistant Director of Apple Tree West
I have been with Apple Tree for seven years, but in child care for 15 years. I enjoy spending time with family & friends in my spare time. I graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's of Art in Graphic Design. Invitations are one of my favorite things to design.
Amy HauffDirector of Apple Tree West
I have been with Apple Tree since 2001. My main goal as Director is to continue to have a positive influence on the children in our care,- and to stay young! Apple Tree isn't just a job for me, it is an adventure!
SpencerAssistant Director of Apple Tree West
I have worked with Apple Tree for six years. I enjoy time with family and friends. When I'm not on the job, you can find me at the gym, the cinema, or out on a hunt! My passion outside of working with children and their families is competitive power lifting.