South Lyon


Livonia South

Livonia North

Livonia West

  • 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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Livonia North Directors

Kim Avendt


Learning Tree NorthMy name is Kim Avendt and I am the Director at The Learning Tree. I started with The Learning Tree when I was at Franklin High School. I started working at The Learning Tree part-time as a co-op student for school. After graduation I headed off to Eastern Michigan University where I took classes in Early Childhood and Child Development. I returned to The Learning Tree each summer to work. In 2001, I returned to the center for good, married and with my 2 year old daughter Alexa. I quickly moved my way up to become a lead teacher in the Kindergarten program. In 2002, I was promoted to be the Staff Trainer for the center and I didn’t stop there, within a few months I became the Assistant Director. In April of 2005 I was promoted again to the Director of the center. I feel I am a great example that The Learning Tree strives to promote from within!

Learning Tree NorthIn December of 2005, I welcomed my second child into the world, Christopher. Six weeks after his birth, Christopher in hand, I returned to the center! Christopher started in the infant room and went through all of our programs here at the center. He currently attends our summer day camp program. It is so wonderful being able to share my personal experiences as a mother of a child who has attended our center with perspective families and our current families at the center.

When I am not at the center I love spending time with my children and my husband, John. We love to be outside or Up North; walking, swimming, riding bikes, you name it! On the weekends you can find our entire family at the motorcycle track cheering on Christopher and my husband as they race! You can also find me in the kitchen trying new healthy recipes for my family or reading a good book.

 Nikki Kollias

Assistant Director

Hi! My name is Nikki Kollias. I'm so excited to be joining the team at The Learning Tree. I have been working with children for 12 years in several different settings, but the majority of my professional years have been spent in licensed centers. I began working with children in the classroom setting as a senior in high school. I assisted in a Kindergarten classroom several days a week and I loved watching children learn and grow over the course of the year. I knew from that experience that I would one day go on to work with young children as a career.  I went on to attend Central Michigan University and receive my Bachelor's Degree in Child Development with a minor in Personal and Community Health. After graduation, I spent several years teaching Pre Kindergarten and when given the opportunity, moved up in to administration as an Assistant Director. I have spent the past several years managing schools and children's programming. 
In my free time, I am currently planning my wedding! June 24th of this year I will be marrying my fiance, Dan, and we couldn't be more excited. When we are not wedding planning, we enjoy being outside in the sunshine as much as we can. Our favorite thing to do together is run in the park, but you can find us on the beach too when the weather is nice.  We also consider ourselves amateur "foodies". We love trying new restaurants and interesting cuisine.  We equally enjoy cooking elaborate meals at home and trying new recipes. Our love for food runs so deep that he even proposed to me at our favorite restaurant in Detroit! We also love to take weekend road trips together and explore different parts of our beautiful state.  Lasty, but certainly not least, I am a Godmother to a handsome little 2 and a half year old boy, Aiden John, whom I adore. 
I can't wait to get started and meet all of the families and staff at the center. I look forward to being a part of your child's care and education here at The Learning Tree North!


Karen Ballard

Regional Director / 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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