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Evanston Daycare & Preschool

Little Green Tree House in Evanston is our first suburban location. We are located on beautiful Central Street just west of Northwestern University’s campus and situated amongst the thriving shops and boutiques of this village-like area. This location is over 10,000 square feet and has wonderful natural light in each classroom, a large indoor play space as well as an attached outdoor playground.

LGTH Evanston is full with a waitlist in our Infant & Toddler programs.

We have very limited availability for 2 year olds, 3 year olds and Pre-K.

Our Enrollment team would be happy to add you to our waitlist or talk further about availability! Please contact us for more info!

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Meet Our Directors

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Krystle Marquez, Director

Hello! My Name is Krystle, but most of the kids call me Ms.Stel. I have been a part of the LGTH community for the last 4 years and teaching for the last 10.I am a California native and transplant to Chicago in 2012. I graduated from Long Beach State University and recently finished my degree in Children’s Psychology and Art Therapy at National Louis University. I have worked with children of all ages and in many different settings, including babysitting, summer camp as well as in the both Montessori and traditional classroom settings for the last 9 years. For the last 10 years, I have exclusively worked in 2-year-old classrooms. When I’m not at LGTH I enjoy adventuring with my Fiancé and my dog Achilles. I enjoy crafting, game nights with friends, off-roading in our Jeep, and camping. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with you and your family!

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Shirley Stevens, Assistant Director

Hi everyone, my name is Shirley Stevens, and I am pleased to serve as Assistant Director at Little Green Treehouse! I’ve had 8 years of experience in the field of education, as well as working as a volunteer with children at different after-school and outreach programs. I’ve had 4 years of professional experience working as both an Assistant and Lead Teacher with various age groups from infants to 5 years of age. I am a graduate of Eastern Illinois University where I obtained my FCS degree with a concentration in Family Services. After receiving my Bachelors, I’m currently on track to achieve my master’s degree in May 2023. My current program of study is in Child Development with a concentration in Administration. After obtaining my master’s, I’ll be looking forward to applying for my Doctorate or other certificate programs in Education. Working at Little Green Treehouse has been an impactful experience. I look forward to continuing to support our Director Krystle, the staff, and establishing meaningful relationships with you and your children!

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Ryan Allen, Senior Managing Director

My name is Ryan. I received a Child Development degree from Ellis University in 2009. I went back to school the summer of 2015 to achieve my Director Credentials from Harold Washington. I began my career in daycare back in 2005 and have experience working with every age group. I moved into management in 2015 and opened, directed, and managed 7 locations with my previous company. As a Senior Managing Director, I believe that communication with staff is key in creating a positive and effective workplace. I consider myself to be an open, honest, and fair leader. I also believe that a strong, personal, and open relationship with parents is vital for the success of your child, the staff, and the center. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling as far and often as possible. My friends and I take full advantage of Chicago summers, enjoying concerts, street fests, and my favorite restaurant, The Dock at Montrose.

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Betsy Taylor, Enrollment Administrator

Hello! My name is Betsy Taylor. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. During my sophomore year at Stanford, I studied abroad at Oxford University with the Stanford-in-Oxford program and fell in love with the UK! After graduating, I lived in London for many years. The last place I lived in London was in Borough on the South Bank which was a stones-throw from Borough Market, the National Theatre and the Tate Modern! I have been with Little Green Tree House for almost 11 years, and it has been my absolute pleasure to help so many families join LGTH over the last decade! I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of our wonderful parents and children. Early Childhood Education is my passion, and our talented teachers are a daily inspiration. Hearing “Miss Betsy” as I walk down the hallway will never cease to bring me sunshine on the rainiest of days! I can’t wait to welcome you and your child to the Little Green Tree House family! Come grow and learn with us!

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Kaija Olson, Enrollment Assistant

Hi! My name is Kaija Olson and I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota but moved to Chicago IL during the spring of 2019. I attended college at Whitworth University and Hope College where I studied communications and violin performance. Before coming to Little Green Tree House, I worked for several preschool companies as a teacher and parent relations guide in Chicago. I have loved seeing the amazing opportunities that ECE can provide for all age groups, infants-Pre-K. Since joining the Enrollment team at LGTH in 2021, I have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to welcome new prospective families and children. Outside of LGTH, I love to explore the city, try new recipes, go to concerts and paint in my free time.