Early Childhood Learning Center
Teaching Tree's top needs for 2017:
1.Playgrounds Improvements: $174,256- Fort Collins finished, Loveland in progress
Playgrounds are outdoor classrooms where children learn a great deal about themselves, their friends, and the world around them. Our playgrounds endure significant wear and tear each day and now are in need of renovation. All playgrounds will be resurfaced and have new, permanent play structures installed.
2. Tuition Assistance: $130,000
These funds will enable Teaching Tree to continue supporting a hundreds of low-income families working toward self-sufficiency, by providing them with tuition assistance for child care.
3. Enrichment Programs: $25,000
Teaching Tree provides our kiddos with free yoga and soccer classes, Food Friends, and other activities that promote regular exercise and movement and healthy eating.
4. Kitchen Refurbishing: $11,374- in progress
Our 20-year-old kitchen in Fort Collins is the place where our cook provides nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for 100 children each day. Chipped and scratched countertops, cabinets and drawers must be refaced to be hygienic and meet health department standards.
Thank you for considering Teaching Tree as a recipient of your charitable gift. We recognize what an important decision it is in selecting an organization or charity with which to make your contributions. We promise to be good stewards of the money you donate, and the best interests of our families are always taken into account when decisions are made.
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.
Poverty often impacts every aspect of a child's life, affecting their access to high-quality health care, nutritious foods and academic achievement. Teaching Tree helps families overcome adversity by providing quality early care and learning and keeping rates lower than those charged by for-profit centers. We also provide tuition assistance for qualifying low-income families who are working to achieve self-sufficiency. To further strengthen families, Teaching Tree provides enrichment programs and delivers comprehensive services including nurse consultations and services provided by the Children's Speech and Reading Center.