About Us

 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.   Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center is a non-profit organization that is run by a Board  of  Directors. 


  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. 

Our Mission

  Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center provides quality, affordable, early childhood care for families of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our children are our future; the growth of each child must be considered on an individual basis. We believe in supporting families and strengthening our community by providing a safe, nurturing and supportive education for our children.

Early Childhood Video

Teaching Tree Board of Directors



Jodie Riesenberger, 2015-present, President         
Craig Vollmer, 2014-present, Vice President     
Shayne C. Brown, 2017-present, Secretary
Adam Hertzler, 2018-present, Treasurer
Kimberly Medina, 2014-present
Fred Abramowitz, 2012-present
​Robert L. Davis, Jr, 2017-present
Emily Voshall, 2018-present
​Zackary Kulbeck, 2019-present

Debra Kelly, 2019-present

Jim Sampson, 2020-present

Greg Belcher, 2020-present

Our Partners


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