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 child care, pre-school preparation and before/after school program to the children and families we serve.

Mission Statement

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 work force. 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.