Olive Tree is a new high-quality early learning academy that launched in September 2023. As our team continues to build out the academy we are continuing to add to the FAQs below. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

Olive Tree Early Learning Academy is a place for children across the socio-economic spectrum. Please email Mandy, our Director of Family & Community Engagement for information regarding discounted tuition rates for low-income families. Olive Tree does accept childcare certificates.

Children 6 weeks to 13 months

  • 15% sibling discount
  • Includes breakfast, lunch & snacks
  • $100 annual materials/activities fee
  • $100 enrollment fee applied to 1st week’s tuition

Children 13 months to 31 months

  • 15% sibling discount
  • Includes breakfast, lunch & snacks
  • $100 annual materials/activities fee
  • $100 enrollment fee applied to 1st week’s tuition

Children 31 months to 60 months

  • 15% sibling discount
  • Includes breakfast, lunch & snacks
  • $100 annual materials/activities fee
  • $100 enrollment fee applied to 1st week’s tuition

Olive Tree is located on a beautiful 16 acre property with a 2-acre pond and a 10,000 square foot building. The address is 5311 McKamey Road, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Our newly renovated property features:

  • All new flooring, exterior/interior paint, hardware, lighting, cabinetry, and bathroom fixtures
  • All new camera, security, access control, and fire alarm systems
  • All new 1.5 acre all natural playscape including outdoor classroom
  • All new commercial kitchen
  • All new furnishings throughout
  • All new main entrance with canopy for drop-off
  • All new paved main parking lot and widened driveway

Olive Tree will utilize Conscious Discipline along with Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum® and its suite of tools, including ReadyRosie®.

Conscious Discipline is trauma informed and research based. In a study published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and funded by The Wallace Foundation, Conscious Discipline was found to be one of only three social and emotional learning programs that focuses 75% or more of its content on Emotion/Behavior Regulation and Emotion Knowledge/Expression, and one of only 13 programs that focuses 50% or more its content on Interpersonal Skills. Conscious Discipline received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories.

Creative Curriculum is aligned to TDOE’s Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN-ELDS) and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. It is an extremely well regarded evidence-based curriculum with decades of research behind it.

Olive Tree will measure developmental progress utilizing GOLD® observation assessments. These assessments are aligned with Creative Curriculum, research-based, validated, and shown to be effective by extensive independent research. GOLD’s observation-based daily assessments measure 38 learning objectives across 10 areas of development. See the full list below.

  • Social-Emotional
    1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors
    2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships
    3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
  • Physical
    1. Demonstrates traveling skills
    2. Demonstrates balancing skills
    3. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills
    4. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
  • Language
    1. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
    2. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
    3. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
  • Cognitive
    1. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    2. Remembers and connects experiences
    3. Uses classification skills
    4. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
  • Literacy
    1. Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition
    2. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
    3. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
    4. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
    5. Demonstrates writing skills
  • Mathematics
    1. Uses number concepts and operations
    2. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
    3. Compares and Measures
    4. Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • Science & Technology
    1. Uses scientific inquiry skills
    2. Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things
    3. Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
    4. Demonstrates knowledge of Earth’s environment
    5. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks
  • Social Studies
    1. Demonstrates knowledge about self
    2. Shows basic understanding of people and how they live
    3. Explores change related to familiar people or places
    4. Demonstrates simple geographic knowledge
  • The Arts
    1. Explores the visual arts
    2. Explores musical concepts and expression
    3. Explores dance and movement concepts
    4. Explores drama through actions and language
  • English Language Acquisition
    1. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English
    2. Demonstrates progress in speaking English

These assessments not only produce meaningful outcomes to track developmental and education progress for children, but also provides teachers the information they need to make decisions in real time as they modify and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each individual learner.

One of the greatest assets of Olive Tree Early Learning Academy is the beautiful 16 acre property it is located on. There is a new 1.5 acre natural play space, an outdoor classroom, a garden, fields, and woods. This provides a rich opportunity for regular outdoor learning opportunities for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

In addition, children ages 3 to 5 years old will have up to 3 annual offsite learning expeditions.

* At this time Olive Tree is not able to provide transportation for offsite learning expeditions.

Olive Tree is licensed through the Department of Human Services (DHS). Olive Tree is licensed for 60+ children 6 weeks to 5 years old. DHS has a 3-star rating scale for licensed early education centers. Olive Tree is seeking a 3-star rating, but is not eligible until October 2024.

Olive Tree is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit early education center that was launched by The Restoration House in September of 2023 to address the critical need for high-quality trauma-responsive early education for low & middle income families in our community.

This allows Olive Tree to keep its tuition low while also setting special rates for lower-income families. Olive Tree is able to maintain its quality through the generosity of others in the community. If you or others would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Olive Tree please click here.

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