South Lyon
248-446-8791

Howell
517-545-3440

Livonia South
734-525-6369

Livonia North
734-261-1951

Livonia West
734-953-5708

  • Serving a 5 Star Fresh Organic Menu

    Serving a 5 Star Fresh Organic Menu

    Healthy snacks and meals are all included. We provide breakfast, lunch and 3 snacks throughout the day. Learning healthy eating habits is important for young children.
  • Kid Reports

    Kid Reports

    Communication is taken to the next level at The Learning Tree. Parents receive constant updates and pictures regarding their child's day. "Kids Reports is really wonderful. It's nice to be able to take a look during the day and see what my daughter has been up to. Whether she napped or ate all her bottles. etc. I also really love getting pictures while I'm at work!" -Brooke Mullender, Parent.
  • ZONO Sanitizer

    ZONO Sanitizer

    At The Learning Tree we are passionate about the healthiest and safest choices. We are proud to be the first childcare center in the State of Michigan to use ZONO Sanitizer as an additional step in our cleaning procedure in each classroom. We have watched illness drop year after year and have ZONO to thank.
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Howell Directors

Marrisha Prior

Director

I am very excited to have joined The Learning Tree. I have been working in the early childhood field for over 15 years.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.  Before coming to The Learning Tree as the director, I was a director at a previous center.  I have also been a preschool teacher, a parent educator and an in- home therapist for children.  I have also counseled children in a private practice, and did early childhood education consultation for several school districts.  I am married and have a quickly growing 13 year old daughter.  She plays travel softball.  So if you can’t find me at The Learning Tree, I will be on the ball field.  I enjoy gardening, reading, scrapbooking, always being outside, playing with my new Lab puppy, and spending time with my large extended family.  I am extremely honored to join this amazing company and to be a part of your child’s life each day.  I look forward to meeting each and every parent and getting to know you.  
 

April Brown

Assistant Director

Hello I am April Brown and I have worked with the Learning Tree for just about three years now and I love what I  do.  I have been working with kids for as long as I remember, starting from baby sitting as a teenager to going to school to work in the field that I love. Before transferring to Howell, I was the Lead Preschool teacher at The Learning Tree- North.  I have my Associates Degree in Early Child Care Education.  A few things that I enjoy doing would be to hang out with my family and friends, go to the movies, go bowling and just do about anything that is outdoors in the spring, summer and fall months.
 
  I have not yet married but one day I hope to have a family of my own, but as of now my niece and nephews are just as much my family as my children one day will be.  I am very excited to be the Assistant Director at Howell and look forward to my continuing my career with the Learning Tree family while supporting staff and making your childcare experience the best! 

 

Karen Ballard

Regional Director

Learning Tree Child CareMy name is Karen Ballard and I began my career with The Learning Tree in August of 1998 as a Head Teacher in a toddler classroom. My passion for early childhood education was fueled in that class and my love for children and their families grew. In June of 2002 I switched gears a bit and transferred to The South Lyon Learning Tree as the center Director. It was as a Director that I became enthusiastic about watching children and teachers grow and learn. In December of 2003, I was given the opportunity to be Regional Director, overseeing the operations of all three Learning Trees.

As Regional Director, I have the pleasure of traveling from center to center throughout the week, talking with parents, training the administration at each center and I still find the time to do what I love most - play  with the children! This past September, I opened The Learning Tree’s newest center as the Director of The Learning Tree—West!

I graduated from William Tyndale College in December of 1998 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and am continuing my education at Madonna University. 

I have a five-year-old daughter, Olivia and when I am not at work we enjoy playing princess, having tea parties and practicing our ballerina skills! We recently took a trip to Disney where we met many Disney princesses! I also love being outside in the sunshine and crafting it up!

I look forward to being a part of each child’s early learning experience and know that The Learning Tree is the perfect fit for you and your family.

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Andrea Brown

Regional Director

I love being part of such an amazing company that cares about each family and staff that are part of each school. I’ve had the opportunity to hold several positions at The Learning Tree; Teacher, Assistant Director, Director and since 2012, Regional Director.  My Regional Director duties involve supporting our classroom quality and curriculum with Curriculum Directors and Teachers, also, I manage all of the marketing at The Learning Tree. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Special Education.  I currently enjoy furthering my education and training by being an active member of several national business and marketing groups, as well as attending curriculum conferences throughout the year.

 My co-workers know that my favorite part of being a Regional Director (besides being paperless) is my passion for supporting teachers and making The Learning Tree more fun with their ideas and feedback.  I also have a huge passion for Highscope Curriculum and enjoy training staff on all parts of Highscope.  I love that I get to be part of a team that is excited about true quality for child development.  Together, we continue to improve the quality of our program and it’s important to me that we are continuously striving to be better. I don’t have an office so I am always out and about at a different location every day, hands on, with our team. I love to read the news and write about anything!  Traveling out of state just to go on a hike is one of my favorite things to do.  I love the state of California, but I love exploring Michigan even more.

  Meet Andrea Brown 


Alexis McNett

Curriculum Director

Hello, my name is Alexis McNett! I​ started working with children in 2006 but​ began my
career with The Learning Tree at our South Lyon location as the Assistant in the Toddler classroom in February of 2013. Shortly after starting I found my true passion was in the Infant Program and transferred to the Infant classroom as the Lead where I began my role as the Infant Program Specialist for all 5 centers! I was proud to receive a 5 star rating through Great Start while in this classroom. In May of 2014, I was happy to accept the position at the Howell location as the Assistant Director! I have always know that my true passion is Quality Curriculum in the classroom and found my true fit within the company as the Curriculum Director in September of 2016.

In my free time I enjoy being outside, DIY activities and spending time with my husband, Ian who I married in May of 2016. The Learning Tree has been a facilitator in my growth as a person and educated me on many important things in my life, such as eating healthy organic meals,
physical wellness and being green! I love being part of the Teachers orientation process and helping the every classroom provide high quality curriculum for the families in their program!

  

Claire Glass

Curriculum Director

Hello! I started working for the Learning Tree in January of 2012 at the South Lyon location. My career started as a Pre-K assistant, then I transitioned to being the Lead Teacher of the Pre-K classroom in September of 2012. I was the Lead Teacher for over three years in South Lyon.

I am thrilled to be working at all five locations within the transitional preschool through PreK programs as the Curriculum Director, helping teachers with training, curriculum, program quality, and more! I love working with this age and have so much fun seeing the children grow and develop! In my free time, I enjoy triathlons, rock climbing, photography, serving at my church, and spending time with family and friends!                                                                           
       

Erica Bishop

Regional Office Manager

I began working for The Learning Tree in 2005 as an Assistant Toddler Teacher. Soon after I became the Lead Teacher and had the joy of teaching toddlers for 5 years. I am blessed to work for a company that sees the strengths in each individual and supports their development. More opportunities were created to support my passion for helping teachers and children including center floater, resource coordinator, toddler program specialist, Assistant Director and my current role as Regional Office Manager.

As Regional Office Manager, I have the privilege of traveling to all 5 locations to help keep the offices and directors organized 
so that they can support their teachers and keep their centers running as smooth as possible. A fun part of my job is introducing essential oils to the staff through make and takes on their lunch breaks and training each center's Essential Oil Resident Expert. My latest special project is helping lead and kick off a new wellness program at all centers.