​The mission of Maple Tree Academy is to provide a nurturing and educational environment implementing an innovative approach based on the pedagogy of listening.  Our community of educators and families share a commitment to collaborate in supporting our mission.  The essence of our community is found in the following principles:  respect, self-improvement and the spirit of dialogue.

Statement of Philosophy

What is our image of the child?

Maple Tree Academy views the image of the child as a competent learner who is an independent, creative negotiator.  From infancy through preshooler age, we support the child's lifelong learning, inspired by the philosophies of R.I.E (Resources for Infant Educarers), Reggio Emilia, and Soka (Value Creating) education.

As you walk into our environment, you will notice the significance of relationships.  Whether it is working with their hands, creating images with technology, painting, using clay, or exploring insightful concepts, our children are the initiators and creators of their own experiences guided by our educators.

Our infant and toddler curriculum focuses on trust, respect, and patience in the competencies of the children.  Our sensitive caregivers will intently listen and observe our children and respond based on their cues providing compassionate, responsive care.

Our preschool curriculum is based on social constructivism, more specifically negotiated learning, where our teachers help guide and facilitate the children.  Projects are short or long term in duration and are derived from "provocations" and the interest of the children using methods such as observation, listening, and documentation.  It is an environment fostering collaborative and experiential learning between the children as well as the educators. Our environment acts as the "third teacher" in order to inspire creativity and innovation from the children.


              A nurturing place for children to learn, play and grow        

   a R.I.E - Reggio - Soka approach

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Founder of Soka Education (Value Creating Pedagogy)

Loris Malaguzzi

Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Magda Gerber       

Founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers)