Our Owner  

"Cultivating a life long love of learning"

Kate Cozanni

Owner and Founder of The Giving Tree

Kate has been in the education field for more than 20 years. She started out as a high school varsity basketball and field hockey coach and elementary school teacher in Pittsburgh, PA. Kate worked in the Chicago Public Schools for two years as a fourth grade reading and math specialist. While on maternity leave from Chicago Public Schools with her second son, Kate started The Giving Tree Home Child Care, and her idea of a quality early childhood program was born. Kate completed her Masters degree at Concordia University in Early Childhood Education. In 2004, The Giving Tree Early Learning Academy was opened in Forest Park. Kate continued to work in the Early Childhood field as an adjunct faculty member at Triton College and as a coach for other child care center owners. Kate enjoys watching her six children in their various sports and activities.  Her family fosters puppies that are saved from high kill shelters for Treasured Animal Rescue.

Our Teachers

Team work at its finest

Ms. Juana

Preschool Teacher
Ms. Juana has been with the company since it opened.  She speaks English and Spanish and welcomes families each morning.

Ms. Hazel


Ms. Deizi

Preschool Teacher
Ms. Deizi adds creative projects in the toddler room and encourages the toddler to explore the classroom using all their senses.

Ms. Tiah

Infant Teacher
Ms. Tiah has been with our school for many years wearing many different hats.  She knows The Tree and is always willing to help.

Our Team

Ms. Ashley


Ms. Pat

Infant room

Ms Charnay

Ms. C Assists in the very active toddler room. 

Ms. Taisha

Toddler Room
Our newest addition.  Ms T has 3 teen age girls and brings patience and positivity to the infant room.