The Growing Tree Children's Center

A Bend Oregon preschool where it is fun to be young.

Growing Tree Children’s Center was established in 1979 as a not-for-profit early childhood education center serving children ages 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. We are dedicated to providing affordable, high quality developmental programs for all children. We welcome all families without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

The Center is certified by the Office of Childcare (OCC). A yearly review is conducted, including an on-site visit. Growing Tree Children’s Center is in full compliance with the laws of the State of Oregon and applicable administrative rules.

The Growing Tree Children’s Center was specifically designed and built in 1987 as a childcare facility. Each classroom provides a wide range of activities and is furnished with age appropriate equipment and furnishings. Special features include observation windows in each classroom to watch your child in action, well-fenced playgrounds, a van equipped with car seats for field trips, onsite laundry, separate staff lounge and a reception area for daily greetings and communication.


Our Mission

  • We believe young children need understanding and consistent relationships with adults to foster positive self-images.
  • Programs must be flexible and responsive to children’s needs.
  • We provide a clean, reliable, safe, and healthy environment for children, full of opportunity for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.
  • We believe children benefit from challenges, guidance, and the opportunity to develop at their own pace.
  • Our programs strengthen family and community needs.

Hours of operation

6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

We are closed on the following Holidays:


  • New Year’s Day,
  • President’s Day,
  • Memorial Day
  •  Fourth of July
  •  Friday before Labor Day
  • Labor Day 
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thurs. & Fri.)
  • Christmas Eve (Closed at 3:00 pm),
  • Christmas Day

Note: The center is closed on the Friday before Labor Day, Presidents Day and Veteran’s day for staff in-service training.


As a student, I was allowed to observe over a two week span at Growing Tree. I was impressed by the cleanliness, organization, and mostly by the staff who express honest care and love for the children. This is more than a daycare and is an actual early childhood education center.
- MishaLee Strunk

Children Learn Through Play

We believe each child has a unique and individual potential and deserves the opportunity to develop this potential. The Growing Tree Children’s Center helps children of all abilities experience childhood as it is meant to be; in a loving, safe and nurturing environment, with joy and discovery intact.