Preschool Class

Children that will be 3 years old by September 1st of the school year are eligible for our Preschool program.

Our teachers are committed to building positive peer relationships and a strong sense of community within the classroom. This positive environment fosters curiosity and active learning. We feature cooperative learning and encourage creative expression through art and music. The program also highlights science experiments and nature study as well as field trips.

Class size is limited to 16 students which allows us to maintain a 1:8 teacher / student ratio. Each class also benefits from the presence of a parent helper.


Tuesday / Thursday – 8:45am – 11:30am
Monday / Wednesday / Friday 8:45am – 11:30am


NEW FOR 2016/2017!

Extended Day Enrichment Period – 11:30am – 12:45pm

The Extended Day offering is the perfect answer for families who are eager for more classroom time. During the extended day, your child will enjoy their packed lunch with teachers and friends, as well as participate in additional educational activities.

  • Offered 4 days per week.  (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
    • Requires a minimum of 6 children enrolled in order for the session to be offered
  • Multiple sessions provided throughout the year (pre-registration required):
    • Session 1: September, October, November & December
    • Session 2: January, February, March & April


Mrs. Jennifer Spaid

Mrs. Spaid has been teaching at Tree of Life since 2014.  She has a B.A. degree in Speech Pathology and has always enjoyed working with children.  She was a preschool teacher and program director in California before moving to Tennessee and starting her family. Mrs. Spaid lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband and two kids.

“I love being with kids and am excited to be back in the classroom with my favorite age – three year olds!”


Mrs. Sarah Sifuentes

This is my first year teaching at Tree of Life Preschool but my sixth year being a part of the TOL community! My third child completed the preschool program this past May. I received my BS in Early Childhood education from UW-Milwaukee in 2005 and gained further certification from Cardinal Stritch University in 2010. I taught both Kindergarten and 4th grade before staying home with my three boys. I am very excited to get back to teaching in the classroom! One of my favorite aspects of preschool is the unbridled enthusiasm for discovery and getting a bit messy in the process.


  • Treasure time
  • Large group time
  • Discovery learning / small group time
  • Group bathroom break, snack, show & share
  • Large muscle activities (outdoor playground or indoor playroom)
  • Journals / independent reading
  • Group time
  • Good-bye

NAEYC Accredited

Tree of Life Christian Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This prestigious recognition is achieved by only five percent of early childhood programs and signifies that our program meets national standards of excellence.

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Tree of Life is a non-profit ministry of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. We welcome families and children of all faiths as it is not a prerequisite to belong to the church to attend Tree of Life Preschool.

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