September 22, 2018 /

Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El

Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow

Contact Us: 239-433-0018 |

Find Us: 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Learning Tree Preschool

Learning Tree News

The Learning Tree of Temple Beth El of Fort Myers, Inc is proud to announce their achievement of a FIVE STAR RATING from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida for the fourth year in a row. The Learning Tree preschool was the very first applicant in our four county area (Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades) to achieve FIVE STARS at the inception of the “Southwest Florida Stars” quality initiative in June 2014 and has maintained this prestigious rating each year.

Similar rating systems are in place in over 40 states nationwide and are designed to assess, improve, and communicate the quality of local programs. They provide an excellent tool for parents seeking quality early learning environments for their children, much as a family may rely on restaurant or hotel ratings for information to distinguish one environment from another. President of The Learning Tree’s Parent Advisory Council, Kathy Vatthyam, says, “Being part of a school community that works together for excellence has been such a positive experience for us. It has benefited our children successfully every step of the way!”

To achieve a star-rating, programs voluntarily demonstrate how they go beyond state licensing standards to meet national standards for best practice in high quality early childhood education.  The areas assessed by Southwest Florida Stars are:

  • Learning Environment
  • Classroom Interactions
  • Health and Safety
  • Curriculum, Screening, and Assessment
  • Professional Development and Staff Qualifications
  • Family and Community Relationships

The Learning Tree’s Preschool Director, Jesyca Virnig, was ecstatic to hear the great news of their FIVE STAR rating, “I am so proud of our teachers, they worked really hard for this! To earn five stars the teachers opened their doors and welcomed every aspect of their classrooms to be examined. We know that every book on our shelves, every science and math activity has been thoughtfully prepared to represent best practices for children. Teachers were observed to evaluate how their interactions extend children’s thinking and provide a positive climate for learning. It is a wonderful feeling to offer a top notch program for our children. And we have continuous goals for self-improvement and growth in the coming year!”

The Learning Tree is a non-profit preschool offered by Temple Beth El of Fort Myers. The main preschool day is 9:00-1:00 with schedules for children to attend Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Monday-Friday. There is also early care and after care available for a longer day of 8:00-4:00 when needed.


Jesyca Russell Virnig, M.A.Ed.
The Learning Tree
(239) 433-5499