Why Choose The Learning Tree?

Why should I choose The Learning Tree?

Family Owned

Image of The Learning Tree Founders, Pat and Kathy Hannell
The Learning Tree Founders, Pat and Kathy Hannell

Pat and Kathy Hannell

Image of The Learning Tree Executive Director, Kimberly Hannell Hopkins

Kim Hannell Hopkins

The Learning Tree Child Care Centers were founded in 1978 by Pat and Kathy Hannell, community leaders that dedicated their lives to child advocacy.  Their daughter, Kimberly Hannell Hopkins, now runs the company that encompasses four center in Algonquin, East and West Elgin and Huntley, and continues to lead with the vision of offering quality educational development programs with a focus on the individual child’s needs.

If you are looking for a preschool, kindergarten or childcare center that offers age appropriate, high-quality educational programs with a family feel, look no further.  For almost forty years, The Learning Tree Child Care Centers have served the families of the northwest Chicago suburbs with respect, dedication and compassion.


When you walk into any of the four of The Learning Tree Child Care Centers, you will experience the nurturing and caring atmosphere that embraces the diversity of the children and families who attend the Learning Tree. We invite you to stop by one of our center to see what it feels like to be a part of The Learning Tree family.

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"The staff at the Learning Tree have been like family to us. Everyone has been very kind and full of knowledge, helping us along the way when we were first-time parents. And now with our second child attending, they have become even more like family. They say "it takes a village",
the Learning Tree is a big part of our village!."

Elgin West

"As a first-time mom, I was very apprehensive about daycare, and didn't start our daughter full-time right away, but as I became more comfortable with The Learning Tree directors/teachers and the program highlights, I felt very comfortable having her go all week. The Learning Tree has a very community feel to it. We have loved all of the teachers and the inviting welcome we get each day from the staff and directors.."

Elgin West

"This place is amazing, my kids have grown so much and are so happy there, the staff and teachers are wonderful and caring.    I really like the fact that they have a daily routine. My kids not only get to play and meet other children, they also have educational time to learn and experience different things, and as as full time working mom it is so comforting to know my children are in a safe happy healthy environment."


"The Learning Tree has provided my children with a wonderful foundation for kindergarten. From the kind office staff, to the dedicated teachers, to the woman who prepares my children's meals, everyone is so welcoming and genuinely responsive to my children's needs."


"The staff at Learning Tree clearly love what they do and are experts in their field. Every staff member knows her name and stops to talk to her as we walk down the hall. Her teachers fill her day with incredible activities and fun learning opportunities - from simple things to creative activities I would never think of. Their communication through the app and daily updates in the evening are great - they share pictures/funny stories from the day, updates on what she is learning and give us tips for things to do with her at home."