Our History

Started over 35 years ago, Treehouse at St. Paul's Learning Center was originally known as TreeHouse, and operated as a three-hour, morning and afternoon preschool. St. Paul’s was merely the space rented  by the owner of TreeHouse. 

In 2001, Pastor Keith Karau and St. Paul’s UCC purchased TreeHouse to serve as part of their ministry to the people of Oakville. The name was changed to reflect the church’s involvement with the ministry. A full day “Preschool with Extended Care” option was added to help meet the needs of working families who needed child care. Building on the goal of “Establishing Strong Roots for Future Development,” St. Paul’s eagerly added a Christian component to the already successful program.  

Today, TreeHouse continues its 35 year tradition of a comprehensive, Christian based, early childhood facility, dedicated to providing children and parents with quality education and services. TreeHouse at St. Paul’s is “home away from home” to 150 children, ages 6 weeks through age 12.

Our Mission

The mission of TreeHouse is to provide quality, Christian education and childcare to Oakville residents and surrounding communities.  Additionally, it is our goal to nurture children’s knowledge and understanding of God, Jesus, the Bible, the Church, prayer, and themselves and others as children of God.  TreeHouse is a vital part of the ministry of St. Paul’s Church as we remain dedicated to caring for the changing needs of families through preschool, extended care, school- age care and summer camp.

The TreeHouse program continues in its mission of offering families a Christian learning and loving-rich environment,  providing children with opportunities to “establish strong roots for future development."

Our Philosophy

“Let the children come to me….” Matthew 19:14a

TreeHouse is designed to allow children to actively construct knowledge as they interact with their physical and social world, under the guidelines of Project Construct.  Project Construct is a process-oriented curriculum based on the premise that children grow and obtain knowledge through their interaction with four major domains :  socio-moral, cognitive, representational, and physical.  The major goal of this program is to foster the development of a child’s moral and intellectual autonomy.  Moral autonomy is the ability to make decisions for oneself and to regulate one’s own behaviors, without constant monitoring by others.  Children will become self-directed.  Intellectual autonomy is the freedom to think; to come to knowledge through many avenues.  Children are encouraged to experience, discover, observe and form their own conclusions. 

Teachers guide and facilitate this growth by providing needed motivation, praise, and re-direction.  The environment is structured so that children are successful.  The teachers are sensitive to the world of the young child and through this world, together, new doors of imagination, learning and friendships are opened. 

Four principles that are integral to Project Construct and guide the curriculum and assessment are:

  • Children have an intrinsic desire to make sense of their world.
  • Children actively construct knowledge and values by interacting with the physical and social worlds.
  • In their universal effort to understand the world, children’s thinking will contain predictable errors.
  • Children’s development is an interactive and interrelated process and spans the Sociomoral, Cognitive, Representational,and Physical Development domains.

"…And sometimes when the classroom is so noisy and buzzing with activity, I just have to stop and remember that in here there is no boredom, no aimlessness, and no blind obedience.  I know my children are thinking, and that’s the best preparation I can give them for today as well as tomorrow."