The Growing Tree Children's Center

A Bend Oregon preschool where it is fun to be young.

Growing Tree Children’s Center was established in 1979 as a not-for-profit early childhood education center serving children ages 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten.  We are dedicated to providing affordable, high quality developmental programs for all children. We welcome all families without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

In 2013 Growing Tree received an Oregon Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)  3-Star rating. This quality rating means we meet essential evaluation standards that support quality learning for all children. We are committed to quality care and learning for all children, and know the first years of life  build the foundation for lifelong learning and success. That's why we were among the first programs in the state to participate and receive a QRIS rating.

This rating indicates that our program has a written philosophy that defines its values, beliefs, and goals as well as sustainable business practices that support quality care. The program uses a curriculum to guide activities. The children are with a consistent care provider for the majority of the day who use a set of guidelines for positive adult-child interactions. The program encourages basic hygiene, healthy eating and fitness, including limiting screen time. The staff has specific training and education requirements and their professional development is supported. Families are engaged and indicate a high level of satisfaction with our program.

The Center is certified by the Office of Childcare (OCC). A yearly review is conducted, including an on-site visit. Growing Tree Children’s Center is in full compliance with the laws of the State of Oregon and applicable administrative rules.

The Growing Tree Children’s Center was specifically designed and built in 1987 as a childcare facility. Each classroom provides a wide range of activities and is furnished with age appropriate equipment and furnishings. Special features include observation windows in each classroom to watch your child in action, well-fenced playgrounds, a van equipped with car seats for field trips, onsite laundry, separate staff lounge and a reception area for daily greetings and communication.

Our Mission

  • We believe young children need understanding and consistent relationships with adults to foster positive self-images.
  • Programs must be flexible and responsive to children’s needs.
  • We provide a clean, reliable, safe, and healthy environment for children, full of opportunity for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.
  • We believe children benefit from challenges, guidance, and the opportunity to develop at their own pace.
  • Our programs strengthen family and community needs.

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Hours of operation

6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

We are closed on the following Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day,
  • President’s Day,
  • April Conferences (date to be determined)*
  • Memorial Day
  •  Fourth of July
  • Thursday and Friday before Labor Day*
  • Labor Day 
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Note: The center is closed on the Thursday?Friday before Labor Day, Presidents Day, April Conferences and Veteran’s day for staff in-service training and conferences.

Note: * denotes non-holiday closures

My son is two and has been going to Growing Tree since he was 3 months old. The staff in each of the the three classrooms he has been in have been amazing. They seem to sincerely love what they do and really bond with each child. He thrives on constant activity so this has been a really great setting for him.
- Proud Parent

Children Learn Through Play

We believe each child has a unique and individual potential and deserves the opportunity to develop this potential. The Growing Tree Children’s Center helps children of all abilities experience childhood as it is meant to be; in a loving, safe and nurturing environment, with joy and discovery intact.