Learning Tree Academy

"Children do not care how much you know until they know how much you care" - Teddy Roosevelt

(862) 244-4444

Welcome to Your Children’s Home Away from Home!

We are experts in early childhood learning and have been open for more than 8 years. Our staff has over 100 years of combined experience caring for and educating children!

Here, at Learning Tree Academy, we welcome infants and lovingly support them up to 6 years old. 

We welcome Infants to Pre-K 

To provide a safe, supportive learning setting with a welcoming atmosphere that creates a sense of belonging. We provide an inclusive environment which acknowledges and respects children from diverse families and cultural backgrounds.

At Learning Tree Academy, we believe in the unlimited potential of each child. We aim to create a love of learning in each child. We strive for growth and use every learning opportunity to enhance our curriculum.

As teachers, we recognize that children always make decisions in response to their experiences. There’s a belief behind every behavior. Kids learn about the world by doing. It’s our job to encourage them and provide opportunities for them to learn the best social and life skills.

We follow the Five Criteria of Positive Discipline:

  • Help children feel a sense of connection (Belonging and Significance); 
  • Is kind and firm at the same time (Respectful and Encouraging);
  • Is effective long-term (punishment may “work” in the short term, but has negative long-term results);
  • Teach valuable social life skills for a good character (Respect, Concern for others, Problem-solving, Cooperation, Contribution).
  • Invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways.

When children experience a loving connection and provided with adequate autonomy that allows them to contribute, they feel stronger about themselves. They learn that they’re capable, respected by others, and they experience a sense of belonging.

As psychiatrist Alfred Adler pointed out, “Human behavior is purposive and it’s directed by goals to belong and feel significant”. He believed that each of us has an inborn impulse to contribute to the wellbeing of those around us.

We try to listen to each other and our children. We respectfully focus on solutions and share responsibility. We model all the skills we want our children to learn for the future.

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We are excited to meet you!

Hello and welcome to Learning Tree Academy, or as our parents call it, Our Home Away From Home.

My name is Nataliya Malinovsky, I’m the owner of LTA, and working with children, teachers, and families is my true passion. As an early educator and a mother of three, I’d been always looking for an opportunity to make a difference in young lives. I always believed that early childhood education has a unique opportunity to not only give our children a good start and prepare them for elementary school but also teach our children things that they will carry for life. 
I believe that child’s behavior is a dance between temperament, development, and what he or she has decided about how to find belonging and worth. The children always make decisions in response to their experiences, and these decisions affect who they are. 
Helping children to have the best care, to feel loved, encouraged, to connect, and to learn the skills they will need to thrive has became a mission of my life and a principle that Learning Tree Academy is built on.
Our staff is bubbling with enthusiasm and creativity. We believe that children learn best through play and interaction with their surroundingsWe consider different child’s needs and include activities in our daily schedule that promote learning, independence, problem-solving skills, and social-emotional development. We believe that connection always comes before correction and through mutual respect child learns his own capability. We try to teach children to express their feelings and needs in the appropriate ways, not just deal with their inappropriate behaviors. We treat our children like our own.

How old is your child?

Infants/ Early Toddlers

6 weeks – 18 months old


18 months - 3 years old


3 - 5 years old

Summer Camp

Toddlers - K


What Our Families are Saying

NJ Department of Children and Families

Positive Discipline



Mon – Fri:                6:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sat – Sun:                Closed


Service Area

Proudly Serving: Succasunna, Roxbury, Mine Hill, Randolph, Mt. Olive, Netcong, Wharton, Dover, Flanders, Hopatcong, Mt. Arlington, Rockaway, Denville