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At Climbing Tree Community School, an Early Learning Center, we view children as feeling, thinking, creative, and growing individuals. Our child-centered programs prioritize understanding the whole child. Each child’s culture, strengths, challenges, interests, dreams, and fears inform program design, instructional methods, and individual goals through an emergent curriculum. We honor each child’s curiosity and capacity to drive their learning. Children are encouraged to become problem-solving, sensitive, contributing, and responsible members of the “school community” as initial preparation for adulthood in a complex society. 


Climbing Tree Community School, an Early Learning Center provides a supportive community in which young children expand their learning and development. Our curriculum is child-centered and focuses on play as a dynamic form of learning that involves a wide range of intellectual, social, emotional, and physical capabilities.


Climbing Tree Community School has a 50+ year history in Tucson and was founded by alumni teachers and families of St. Mark's Preschool and Kindergarten. 

Meet Our Team.

Our community of passionate educators and support staff bring their love, kindness, and compassion to school every day.

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