The Hannells

If you are looking for a preschool, kindergarten or childcare center with a family feel, then look no further. The Learning Tree Child Care Centers are owned and operated by Pat and Kathy Hannell. They have been involved in child advocacy for over 37 years. The Hannells are life long residents of the Fox Valley community. One of the most reassuring facts about choosing a locally owned center is the fact that the Hannell family has a vested interest in their reputation as a quality child care facility.

Kathy received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois. She continued her studies in Early Childhood Education from Elgin Community College. In 2002, she was named alumnus of the year.  The Beatrice Dorsey, Business Woman of the Year award was presented to Kathy in 2008. Kathy has taught at the elementary and secondary level. When the Hannells started their own family, she operated a licensed home care center for 5 years.

Pat earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois Benedictine College, as well as a Masters Degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Northern Illinois University. He taught in District 300 for 35 years.

The Hannells have three grown children; Kimberly, Matthew and Michael. Kimberly Hannell Hopkins is the Director of the Huntley Learning Tree.

The Learning Tree Child Care Centers were founded in 1978. There are four locations, Elgin East, Elgin West, Huntley and Algonquin. Kathy Hannell serves as Executive Director of all the centers. Pat Hannell maintains the physical aspects of the centers.


Elgin West Center Click for Directions
2325 Royal Blvd.
Elgin, IL 60123
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Elgin East Center Click for Directions
845 Summit St.
Elgin, IL 60120
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Huntley Center Click for Directions
11424 Rainsford Dr.
Huntley, IL 60142
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Algonquin Center Click for Directions
210 N. Harrison St.
Algonquin, IL 60102
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The Elgin West Center The Elgin East Center The Huntley  Center The Algonquin Center