A former dance studio has been transformed into the newest Reggio Emilia inspired childcare center along the lakeshore offering year round care, pre-K curriculum, before and after school care and summer programming to children ages 6 weeks to 10 years. The Tree House Child Care Center, located in the village of Fruitport, will open its doors on Monday, August 5.
The Tree House Child Care Center is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and located near the I-96 exits in the village of Fruitport making the center convenient for working families. The center is the lakeshore’s newest Reggio Emilia inspired child care provider. Reggio Emilia is a child centered education philosophy that uses child-directed, experiential learning in relationship with teachers and the environment to prepare children as 21st century learners. At the Tree House, Reggio is symbolized through the intentional layout of the center and its classrooms and the role of teachers as co-learners and collaborators alongside children.
The Tree House features newly constructed classrooms, each with its own bathroom as well as natural lighting and hardwood floors throughout, a teaching kitchen, art studio, multipurpose room and natural fenced outdoor play area. Children are served whole food, low sugar, primarily vegetarian meals and snacks in a relaxed community like setting. The Tree House team of teachers and leaders hold degrees and certifications in early childhood and education and work closely with families on supporting each child’s development, progress and overall daily experience. The center uses an app called Brightwheel® to communicate with families and help parents stay informed of their child’s daily experience.
The Tree House Child Care Center will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday August 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and tree planting ceremony. The center is now enrolling for all age groups. To inquire about enrollment or apply to join the team of Tree House teachers, visit the website at www.treehouseccc.com.
The Tree House Child Care Center is a member of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.