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AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschools

Friday, May 4, 2018  
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What's bigger and better than a 10-year anniversary? A 20- year anniversary. Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon has been successfully running AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, and as her company reached the 20-year mark for 2018, it’s apparent that she has been running her company the right way.

“As many as 20,000 children have been part of the Appletree and Gilden Woods experience,” said Tubbs-Carlon. “This statistic is amazing and humbling.”

Tubbs-Carlon started this company as a way for her to watch and care for her daughter, Anna, and still be able to support her family. Deep down, she has always had a passion for educating young children. Nevertheless, her passion became apparent as her company started to flourish. Within the past five years, the idea for children to develop much needed skills at a young age has become mainstream, but Tubbs-Carlon mentioned that she knew this years ago.

“That is why we opened 20 years ago with a curriculum that began to prepare children for kindergarten. Our goal now as always, is to foster a passion for knowledge in children before they reach school,” said Tubbs-Carlon. “If this can be accomplished, it can and will change their trajectory for their entire future. There is nothing more exciting than to watch the wonder in the eyes of young children as they become fascinated by knowledge.”

AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool has twenty-two schools in four different locations in Michigan, including the Lansing region: Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett and Grand Ledge. All locations have thrown a “birthday party” so the children are able to celebrate this accomplishment. Bridgett also mentioned that the parents were able to celebrate with a discount in the month of February.

Each school features a unique learning curriculum, called STEM, that is a part of their highly acclaimed K-Prep preschool program that is offered in all of their schools. The STEM curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The program invites children at the age of four and five to investigate the world with hands-on activities to promote learning through exploration.

Besides fostering this unique learning program in all locations, Tubbs-Carlon mentioned how imperative it is to have a warm and nurturing culture in each location and how her company values family time.

“If children don’t feel safe and secure, then the education will not happen,” said Tubbs-Carlon. “We want our schools to feel like a second home not only to the teachers and directors, but to the children as well.”

Tubbs-Carlon has created a strong name for her company in the Lansing region. With AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool’s culture and unique learning curriculum, it has been made clear that the bar has been set high for early education in the Lansing community.

“We want to continue to challenge our competitors to raise the bar. Raising the bar benefits all children whether they are part of our family of schools or are enrolled elsewhere,” says Tubbs-Carlon. “I think it should be an inherent right of all children regardless of social standing, ethnicity, or anything, to receive quality early care and education.”

The future is bright for Appletree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool. Here’s to many more birthday parties to come!

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