Chicago’s Little Green Tree House Celebrates Three Years as the First Green Early Childhood Education Center with a Renovated Playground

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Little Green Tree House, Chicago’s first eco-friendly day care center has experienced tremendous growth since their inception in 2009 and continues to develop their mission of a totally green initiative while teaching in a unique and modern environment.

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The New Little Green Treehouse Rooftop Playground

The Little Green Tree house practices environmental responsibility in everything that they do and teaches this to their students through creative methods and classroom participation.

Forging new ground as Chicago’s inaugural green day care center, in July, 2009, Little Green Tree House offers a unique and collaborative curriculum mixing best education practices with eco-conscious, conversation-based focus. Located in the West Loop neighborhood at 118 S. Ashland, the early childhood education center’s teachers nurture each child’s potential, strengthening their future as well as the future of the world.

The school’s green initiative is evident in every aspect starting with toxic-free paints and finishes, Energy Star appliances and using recyclable sustainable material. Honoring locally sourced agriculture, all food is fresh and organic. All toys, furnishings and supplies at Little Green Tree House promote the best in learning while remaining earth-friendly. Little Green Tree House practices environmental responsibility in everything that they do and teaches this to their students through creative methods and classroom participation.

Experiencing a surge in enrollment in the recent past, Little Green Tree House is renovating their playground to accommodate this growth and contribute their eco-friendly environment. Taking the lead on the renovations is Kay Knight, an assistant teacher in one of the center’s infant classrooms. “We are updating our play space to match our growing school and better reflect the ideas of Little Green Tree House; being eco-friendly, worldly conscious and focusing on unique and modern learning,” Knight said.

The addition of a second garden to the playground that occupies the top level of the building will allow more space for children and serve as another area for teachers to use for classroom activities and lesson planning. The gardens will offer students sensory exploration and nature observation as well as a more private place for them to rest from their busy learning day.

New building blocks made from composting, collected rain water and reused materials will be among some of the new toys available on Little Green Tree House's playground. More flowers and foliage will be added to provide color and smell and playtime props. According to Knight, the idea is for the plants to be accessible to the children and be part of their daily ritual and responsibility. “Our goal for the playground additions and renovations is to provide a creative and exciting environment for our students, as well as the opportunity for them to contribute and understand how important their role is at our school,” said Knight.

The playground project was completed on April 22, 2012.

For more information on Little Green Tree House, visit them online at ; like them on Facebook or call them at 312.492.6543.

About Little Green Tree House
Founded in July, 2009, Little Green Tree House focuses on modern learning for the optimal growth and development of the child while promoting a consciousness and respect of the planet. As the first eco-friendly early child development education center in the metropolitan Chicagoland area, Little Green Tree House gives children ranging from newborns to kindergarten age the opportunity to grow and learn efficiently and build a strong foundation for their future.

Little Green Tree House employs highly-trained teachers and a very qualified staff. Healthy, organic and locally-sourced food is served in a peanut-free allergy conscious environment. All toys, serving bowls, plates and cups are non-toxic.

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