Great Foundations was founded in November 2011 in response to an un-met need in childcare. Since 2006, The owner of Apple Tree Learning Center (a childcare center in Lindale), Heather Wilson, recognized that many children were not able to function well in a traditional classroom setting. Many hours were spent researching children that were considered “below level.” This can be a child as young as 6 weeks and up to 12 years that is having difficulty with academics or speech, developmental delays, or social, emotional and/or behavioral skills.
While most facilities offer a learning curriculum, due to operational expenses, they are unable to accommodate the specific learning needs of some children. As a 501(c)(3), we are able to gain financial support from outside sources in the program. Great Foundations has classrooms with a lower student-to-teacher ratio in order to offer more one-on-one attention. We teach the way each child needs to learn.
This program is designed to reach every child in need of a positive learning experience. Our goal is to build strong children who will not become part of the drop out statistics in the future. We want to help mold these kids into strong, productive and well educated members of society. By their very design, these children are born leaders. They simply need the guidance, tools and support to get there.
In 2011, according to IDRA.org, 855 students dropped out of school in Smith County alone. This is a sad and terrifying number, and we are invested in making lasting changes in children for the future. The Great Foundations team is determined that with the proper balance of love, support, guidance and teaching, the upcoming generations will be filled with strong, empathetic and productive leaders.
We use the Champions for Children curriculum and Frog Street Press curriculum and are a certified Kindergarten Readiness Center through Region VII.