"Excellence in Early Care and Education"


Sugar Plum Tree provides the best in child care and is a highly recommended facility licensed by the Department of (DCFS). For over 46 years. Sugar Plum Tree has been educating generations of children in the Park Ridge area. 

A Little Bit About Us

Sugar Plum Tree has been in business for over 46 years located downstairs of Redeemer Church. We have four individual classrooms that range from 18mos-2.5 years to Pre-Kindergarten. Sugar Plum Tree follows the curriculum that has been developed by Maryellen Waters for 46 years and supplements it with the Early Learning Illinois Standards and the Creative Curriculum. Benchmarks are posted every week for parents to see what their child is working on.  We use the STEM method to encourage children to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Awards and Accolades

We were voted the Best in Park Ridge in 2015 and 2022. Also, we achieved The Silver Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois. Sugar Plum Tree ensures that your child receives an enhanced learning and care experience.

Our Approach

Our teachers and staff follow a non-discipline approach. This offers an alternative method of intervention based on human actions and rational communication. We encourage children to use their words instead of hitting, kicking, etc. to resolve conflicts.

For more information please feel free to email or give us a call to schedule a tour!


Maryellen Waters


Lynn Spitz

Visit Us

1006 Gillick St.
Park Ridge, IL 60016
(847) 823-1978

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM