Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center is a non-profit organization that is run by a Board of Directors. We have been providing quality educational opportunities for children since 1970. The center in Fort Collins started in the First United Methodist Church. The goal was to provide a childcare facility for the children of low-income families in the Fort Collins area. In 1985 United Day Care Center moved to the present United Way building. In 1988 the Loveland Center opened.
Teaching Tree is unique because we offer a sliding fee based on income, to qualifying parents who work or attend school. Funds raised through Teaching Tree's Adopt-a-Family program helps provide tuition for children. This assistance enables these children to receive quality childcare in a climate for growth, comfort, and security that they might not have otherwise had. Teaching Tree continues to carry out United Day Care Center's original intent to provide an affordable, quality childcare center and preschool program to low-and-moderate income families. Enrollment also includes full paying clients, human service clients, employment and training clients, homeless children and children under protective services.
Our philosophy is to provide a stimulating environment for preschool children and to help each child develop his or her own skills according to their individual capabilities. We believe that children learn and grow best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust and when they are actively engaged in their environment. Therefore, we strive to provide a wide range of hands on activities throughout the day that will contribute to all areas of their growth and development.
The mission of Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center is to provide affordable, quality early childhood and educational programs in a culturally and economically diverse environment, ensuring a climate for individual growth, comfort, and security.
Teaching Tree was founded as United Day Care Center in 1970, following a grassroots effort led by community groups to establish an affordable childcare center serving Larimer County's low- and middle income families. In 1988, we opened a second center in Loveland, and in 2010, our organization was rebranded as Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center, to more accurately reflect our foremost goal of promoting children's growth, development, and readiness to learn.
Serving nearly 300 families a year, Teaching Tree is now the county's largest nonprofit childcare center serving low-income families and is one of the only centers providing affordable care for families who are working toward self-sufficiency. Families pay according to a sliding fee scale based on family income and number of children enrolled at Teaching Tree. For full-fee-paying families, we retain rates that are lower than those charged by for-profit centers.