Where Young Minds Grow

About Us

Our Owners…

  • Family-owned and operated
  • Committed to children’s success

Tara Stivers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and along with teaching in the public school system, she has worked with students of all ages for more than 25 years.  After noticing a lack of quality early learning programs in the community,  Tara and her husband Jon, a Navy Veteran, opened The Country Playhouse Learning Center in 2006 to serve students ages 4 weeks to 5 years of age. Later, as the community grew, so did the need for quality school age programs, and in 2012, The Country Playhouse Club opened it’s doors.  After receiving numerous inquiries throughout the years for a Preschool half-day program, we opened The Country Playhouse Preschool in January 2019.  We have been blessed with being able to fill a much needed void in the community for the past 15 years, and look forward to many more years of educating the amazing youth in the Enumclaw and Maple Valley areas.  

​Our Philosophy…

  • Individualized approach to teaching
  • Child-centered learning

At The Country Playhouse Academy, our goal as early childhood educators is to provide a strong foundation, through proven developmentally appropriate practices, that will help all of our students become lifelong learners, in a professional and supportive environment. We understand that every child is unique, and believe that children learn through experience and discovery, therefore we have organized our classes to allow our students to initiate activities that grow from personal interest, as well as allowing our teachers to introduce the students to new concepts and strategies. We facilitate this active learning by providing industry relevant resources, hands-on activities and critical thinking experiences that enhance the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.

We want our students to grow up with the knowledge that they can make a positive difference in their life, as well as in the lives of others around them.  It is our goal as educators and role models to collaborate and partner with our families to help each student achieve his/her own level of excellence. This partnership means that our faculty will work to project the most positive influence possible, and we would expect the same for our students at home.