Our goal is to facilitate your child's growth as a whole person

This means that we care about their intellectual growth, their physical growth, their social growth, and their emotional growth. We are here to create an environment where all these kinds of growth can happen. To do this we will use every interaction we have with your child. Your child is always learning about himself/herself, their environment, and the people they relate to. The conclusions they come to about what kind of place this world is and what kind of people they are will color and influence the rest of their life. The attitudes they learn from the people around them will be crucial to their success, their happiness, and their ability to learn and be creative.

The TLC program is based on a number of assumptions:

1. Children must feel secure, their basic needs met, before they are free to be curious to explore, to learn fully and to be creative.
2. Children are learning all the time - every minute. We can only facilitate or hinder the process.
3. It is the process of learning and creating and becoming competent that is essential,not the product.
4. Every child is an individual with his or her own pace and way of learning.  
5. Emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth are all equally important.
6. Every situation is an opportunity for learning.
7. Children are just as aware of non-verbal messages as what we say.
8. Children, no matter how young, are capable. They understand and can do so many things that we never imagined, as well as make choices and make their needs known.
9. Emotional health is based on knowing what you feel and being able to express your feelings.
10. Children deserve to be loved and respected for who they are, not for what they can or can not do.

We want to help children develop skills, which will allow them to interact comfortably and confidently within and outside of the center.

We strive to provide an environment in which children can: learn social skills, positive ways to get what they want from other children and adults, learn how to ask for what they want, learn about trust and safety, learn to be appropriately assertive, develop new areas of competence socially, physically, intellectually and creatively, learn to respect others, learn give and take, learn to be self-regulating and directed, learn empathy, develop age-appropriate skills, develop confidence in their own thinking and problem-solving abilities, develop positive self-esteem, and find joy in accomplishment, learn to communicate effectively and to deal with conflict, learn to know themselves as distinct and unique individuals with likes, feelings, and values.

We encourage everyone to: show kindness, courtesy and tolerance, developing their potential as caring human beings, and expressing their thoughts and feelings appropriately.

We want to provide: a safe and secure environment, so that children are comfortable with exploring the environment and learning about themselves, to provide the parents with the security of knowing that their children are safe and well cared for, to provide parents with a resource for parenting information and answers to their questions, to provide a nurturing environment that encourages children to be independent.

It is the people and their assumptions, attitudes, values, and ways of interacting that are our program at TLC.

Childcare is probably one of the most demanding and challenging professions that exist. Teachers at TLC care passionately about education and fostering creativity and learning. We believe that a child's early learning experiences have a crucial impact on their capacity to learn and grow and be whole people.

The absolutely crucial variables in a learning environment are how you interact with a child, your assumptions about how learning happens, your attitudes and values, and how you react to a child's demands, accomplishments, and feelings.

The focus at TLC is on organic learning. For example, we give meaning to letters by pointing them out, using them to block print with our emergent writers or by transcribing a story, and talk about the how many are at the table, so how many glasses we will need. Beginning writers help make poster, signs, or write notes to others. Exposure to numbers or letters has meaning and is part of our everyday routines.

We help your child to take pleasure in what they can do, often commenting on the process or effort. True happiness and true learning comes from learning what you are interested in; it comes from doing for yourself. We model appropriate behavior we'd like children (and others) to learn, using please and thank you and asking for things in kind ways, with a pleasant tone of voice. We want children to be creative, so we are not product oriented, do not use worksheets, nor ask children to learn these things by rote, that has little meaning.

Diversity

Another focus we have is in celebrating diversity. We encourage our bi-lingual teachers, families, and visitors to speak other languages, share cultural traditions, dances, music, and foods. Many of our classroom activities and books educate the children about other cultures and different ways of approaching life. We believe that by talking about how people are the same and different, when children are young, we help them understand and appreciate the wider world.