Our new West LA location will be opening summer of 2019!



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 preschooler 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 Creation) 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.

Magda Gerber


Founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers)

Loris Malaguzzi


Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi


Founder of Soka Education (Value Creation Pedagogy)