About Us

AppleTree Educational Center is a 5 STAR, nationally accredited, faith-based, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing comprehensive family support services. Our mission is to meet the needs of the ‘whole child’ by providing high-quality and affordable programs for Sierra County families with children. AppleTree Educational Center offers early care and education to all children birth to five, in a center-based environment with small teacher-to-child ratios. AppleTree provides New Mexico PreK, Early PreK, and afterschool care, comprehensive services that address health and wellness, community and economic development, recreation, and education.

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Founded in 1999, AppleTree Child Development Center opened in response to repeated requests from Sierra County educators, parents, and the faith-based community for a center-based child care program. Over the years, gaps in community services have been identified, and, when possible, AppleTree has expanded its programs to meet the community need. Our non-profit scope of work was expanded, and our name officially changed to AppleTree Educational Center. Today, we serve over 100 families weekly by providing comprehensive services that address health and wellness, community and economic development, and education and recreation.
“Meeting the needs of the ‘whole child.'” This also includes the family and community through high-quality, affordable programs that are accessible to all.
To offer a warm, accepting, positive atmosphere in which the whole person can grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, creatively, intellectually, and physically.
“Cultivating Hopes and Dreams.” We believe that individuals learn best through activities and environments that are healthy and safe, age appropriate, engaging, and meaningful. As a result, AppleTree Educational Center creates programs for children, youth, and families that are responsive to needs, that are based on best practices, and that empower individuals and families to reach their full potential.

Psalms 1:3

“And they shall be like a tree planted by rivers of living water; that brings forth their fruit in their season, their leaf shall also not wither, and whatsoever they do shall prosper.”

Meet Our Team


Rebecca Dow grew up in T or C, NM, and is a mother of two. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Rebecca serves as the Policy Chair of the New Mexico Child Care and Education Association, is a founding member of the N.M. Early Childhood Alliance, and is the founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra County.


Amelia grew up in Lodi, CA, but has spent the last ten years in TorC. Amelia is a mother of two who started working at AppleTree as a classroom teacher. Since working at AppleTree, Amelia has her Associate’s in Early Childhood Development from Western NM University. Amelia is the director of AppleTree Educational Center, overseeing birth to PreK, afterschool and out of school programs.


Michala is originally from Spokane, Washington and holds a Bachelors in Finance from Oral Roberts University. She takes care of accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and financial statements for AppleTree Educational Center, Manzano Christian School, Little Things Matter Home Visiting, and the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra County.

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