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
Discover our Pre-School
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.
About our Pre-SchoolOur 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.
Stop in and check out our programs, teachers, field trips, and clean facilities. No appointment necessary, drop by anytime!
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.
- Harrisburg Explorer
- Oscar Howe
- Laura Wilder
- Robert Bennis
- Fred Assam
- Anne Sullivan
- St. Lamberts
- Rosa Parks
- Harvey Dunn
- Rosa Parks
- John Harris
- Susan B. Anthony
- Robert Frost
- Sonia Sotmayor
- Terry Redlin
- Harvey Dunn
- Oscar Howe
Lisa CarsonDirector of Apple Tree East
Lisa has been in the Child Development field since 1999. She obtained her Child Development Associates from the Council for Professional Recognition in 2002 and became a Child Care Development Specialist in 2005 with the Department of Labor. However, her true testament is her faith in God and her love for family.
Toni WiseleyDirector of Apple Tree West
Toni Wiseley has been working in childcare for over five years and loves every aspect of it. She has worked in all different age groups and had experience in every level of the childcare setting. She was a lead teacher for the last three years and has recently stepped into the management realm. She has a beautiful little family that is the center of her world. Her two year old son named Kasyn is the light of her life. Feel free to stop in and say hi!
Lynn PetersonDirector of Apple Tree North
I have been blessed to work with Apple Tree Children’s Center since 2001. I started my passion for childcare in my early college years when I had the privilege of working with infants/toddlers at the University of South Dakota. On my free time, I enjoy camping, craft projects, and cheering on my favorite little Sioux Falls Flyer Hockey player.
Carol WaringDirector of Apple Tree Valhalla
Hi, my name is Carol Waring. My oldest son was attending Apple Tree Valhalla when I was offered a position to work here. I couldn’t turn it down since I knew Apple Tree was and still is the best. That was in 1989 and I have been here ever since. Children just seem to put a smile on my face. All of the daily hugs and the funny stories that I go home with almost every day makes this job the only job I can see myself doing. My goal is to make every child go home with a smile on their face and some wonderful memories in their hearts.