Infant’s Class

Over the next 12 months, your little one will transform into a busy toddler right before your eyes. Tree of Life provides a safe and nurturing environment for your child to develop at his own pace Whether your tot is crawling, walking (or something in between), we are here to encourage him throughout each significant milestone.

Lead Teacher

Annalisa Porter is the wife of Pastor Rick Porter, Director of Highlands Lake Baptist Camp. They attended Gasburg Baptist Church and have one son. Annalisa brings with her over 25 years of experience in child care and children ministry. She has her CDA and is currently enrolled in Ivy Tech working on her Early Childhood Education Associates. Annalisa is a wonderful asset to our team and invaluable in our office as Asst. Director


Carlene Russell is the wife of Richard Russell, owner of Hoosier Carpenter. They attend Faith Baptist Church and she is the mother of 3 adult children. Carlene has been co-teaching at Tree of Life for over 6 years. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in childcare and children ministry. She attended Bob Jones University and Augusta University over a period of 4 years as well as; in-service classes through the years in childhood education capacity. She home-schooled her children and has very organized skills which brings a great asset to the classroom.

Learning Skills

In the infants room, we partners with the parents on feeding and sleeping schedules, including how you wish your child to be put to sleep. We take great care in providing a soft loving atmosphere for the babies. Although we spend time cuddling, we also rotate the babies from tummy to swings, to exersaucers to enable their fine and gross motor skills to develop. We also play music, read stories and talk to them one on one to enhance their communication skills. Jesus is a part of their stories and song and we encourage a happy playful atmosphere in their awake times.

Class Schedule

Open: 6:00 a.m. / Close: 6:00 p.m.

Eat on their schedule

Nap on their schedule

Diaper change at least every 2 hours

Cuddle Time

Story Time

Tummy Time

Music Time

Gross Motor Skill Play

Fine Motor Skill Play

Baby Sign Language 6 months up

Art & Craft Occasionally

Language- Tones/ Facial Expressions/ Talking One on One/ Naming Object

All Activities are based on babies desire, in whatever order they need.