BeanTree Learning was founded and is owned by Jennifer Bower, mother of Grant. Jennifer returned to work when he was a baby and struggled each and every day, worried and wondering about whether Grant was being loved and taken care of the way she loved and took care of him. Were the teachers really interacting with him? Was he as safe as he possibly could be? As her days were spent with knots of worry in her stomach, the BeanTree Learning seed was being planted in Jennifer’s heart. Why couldn’t there be a place where parents didn’t have to worry? Why can’t there be a school where the educators, building, and programs are exactly what young children need to thrive?
BeanTree Learning grew out of a mother’s desire to provide the best possible place for her son. And now, with 25 years of experience in the education industry, Jennifer continues to lead the way, always searching for ways to improve our programs and the experiences of our special BeanTree Learning families.
The next chapter in the BeanTree Learning story is the opening of BeanTree Learning at The Pavilion in June 2014! This 28,500 square foot, state-of-the-art building will be the home of our Full-Day Kindergarten, a new Half-Day Kindergarten Enrichment, Before and After School, and Summer Camp Programs for children up to the age of 14. CLICK HERE to read the official press release about this exciting chapter!
What's in the name?
When it came time to select a name, many ideas were tossed around.
"Bean" is a slang term for the head or brain. The development of young children’s brains happens so fast and these first few years of a child’s life last forever. Children need to be in a loving environment with responsive teachers, encouraging and promoting this brain development.
"Tree" – A tree is an amazing thing. It grows from the tiniest seedling and, when it is fully grown, it shares its seeds with the earth around it. To us, that seed is knowledge, which children are able to grow and share throughout their time at our school.
"Learning" - Learning in every way possible – visually, verbally, logically, and physically – and always through play and fun!
We opened the BeanTree Learning Ashburn doors in January 2005 and Chantilly’s in October 2007.
4 things that make a difference at BeanTree
As a parent and professional, Jennifer knew BeanTree had to be different.
- Hiring top-notch teachers and staff who truly enjoy being with the children -- teachers who are educated and professional, teachers who have chosen child care as their career.
- A meaningful partnership with parents, which only happens through trust! We build this trust through impeccable communication and constant feedback and support.
- A building that is open, bright, and loaded with opportunities for children of all ages!
- Paying attention to the smallest details, whether that means stopping a parent who looks like she might be concerned about something, picking up a piece of paper on the floor that should be in the trash, or emailing a photo of a happy baby on her first day to an anxious mom and dad at work.
With these as our points of focus, BeanTree Learning has grown. Hundreds of families have experienced the BeanTree Difference and are proud to share their stories about the BeanTree family of which they are a part.