Meeting the needs
of the whole child.


AppleTree Educational Center offers Nationally-Accredited early care to all children in a center-based environment with small teacher-to-student ratios. We continue to rank among the top 1% of quality care facilities in New Mexico according to CYFD’s five-tier quality ranking.


Meeting the needs of the whole student – spirit, soul, and body.


Manzano Christian School offers a Nationally-Accredited Christian education from Kindergarten through 12th grade as well as support services for home-school families. Manzano Christian School maintains small teacher to child ratios and individually paced curriculums.


Serving families with children from prenatal through three years old.


Little Things Matter allows families in Sierra County with children from prenatal to three years old to receive free individualized assistance from early childhood experts. Meetings usually take place in a family’s home, but may take place in any mutually convenient neighborhood site.


Empowering teens to reach their full potential.


The Club of Sierra County provides a safe and healthy home away from home for teens where youth are free to pursue their talents and interests with engaged mentors and their peers. If you would like to learn more about the club and the services we offer, click the  button below.

of AppleTree’s budget comes from parent fees.
free USDA meals are served to youth and families each year.
of AppleTree’s budget is spent on direct services.
families in Sierra County are served by AppleTree.

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Proudly Serving Sierra County for 20 Years

2019 marks AppleTree Educational Center’s 20th year serving Sierra County families. Founded in 1999 by Rebecca Dow, AppleTree is Sierra County’s first licensed child care center. In an effort to fill community gaps in services to children and youth, their programs have greatly expanded.

“Our mission, ‘Meeting the needs of the whole child,’ drives us towards comprehensive services that are high quality, yet affordable,” says Rebecca Dow. When asked what has contributed to the success of AppleTree, Rebecca replied, “The commitment of our staff and generous support of the community is the only reason we exist. Because our services are not based on family income, we rely heavily on the generosity of others to provide services.  Year to year, I have no idea where the resources we need will come from, yet every year we have more than enough. The in-kind support, volunteer efforts, and community partnerships help us provide much needed services right here at the local level.”

    Our Services Include

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Little Things Matter Home Visiting Program
  • New Mexico Pre-K
  • Manzano Christian School K-12 Christian Education
  • Year-Round Out of School Care
  • The Club of Sierra County Teen Center
  • The OliveTree Integrated Community Center

Educational Center Gets Boost from USDA RD

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to present a certificate of obligation that allows the AppleTree Educational Center to expand its services.

“USDA funding helps meet a sixteen year dream for this school,” said Brunner.  “USDA Rural Development focuses on helping communities develop the best facilities possible for things like education, child care and libraries.  Those facilities help improve the quality of life in our rural communities and provide New Mexico children with better opportunities.” Read More….

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