Hello and welcome!

Located on Thetford Hill, Maple Leaf Children’s Center is a licensed, non-profit children’s center that opened its doors to young children in January 1976.

Our Center occupies two large sunny rooms in the church and is licensed for 18 children by the State of Vermont, providing care for ages 18 months to entering kindergarten. This website helps you connect with our Center and programs.

Maple Leaf was started by Joan Crosson and Mary Rodriguez in the Thetford Hill Fire Station and moved to its present location in the First Congregational Church in February, 1977. We have no religious affiliation with the church.

STARS (STEP Ahead Recognition System)


Vermont STARS is a quality standards program that works with parents to inform confident decisions about child care. Our Four-STAR rating means that we offer established programs that meet several standards of quality.

Connect with the curriculum

Play Based Learning

Our educational goals for the children and play based learning environments. Learn more …

The importance of block play in learning Math skills at Maple Leaf and in discovery learning environments. Learn more …

Practical life activities and our Montessori influences in the curriculum offered at Maple Leaf.  Learn more …

Language and literacy programming and the principles that guide us. Learn more …