Schedules/Calendar

The Learning Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm. We offer a variety of full and part time enrollment options to accommodate families' schedules. Our program offerings include a full time option of 5 days a week 7:30-5:30, and several different part time options including 2-4 days a week 7:30-5:30. We are closed approximately 12 days/year as well as for about a week in December for Winter Break. Most closures coincide with federal holidays, and occasionally we use these days for Professional Development. Although our schedule may vary some from year to year, parents are notified in advance. Our goal is to be able to provide consistent care and educational support for families, while offering our educators breaks and time to spend with their families.

Acceptance to the program from our Wait List is based upon the match between available space and family needs. We give priority to siblings and neighborhood families and also consider the date when a family applied to our Wait List.

Tuition

Click here for fees. Tuition includes a morning and afternoon snack, hot lunch, and diapers.

Class Sizes

The Puddle Room (6 mos. - 18 mos.) and the Bay Room (18 mos. - 36 mos.) have a 1:3 and 1:5 ratio of children to teachers. The Ocean Room (2 to 4 years) and River Room (3 1/2 to 5 years) have 15 children each with 2 teachers.

The Learning Center team is composed of a full-time director, a program director, and educators with backgrounds in early childhood education and psychology.

Meals

TLC provides a morning snack, a hot lunch, as well as an afternoon snack for children eating table food. Our lunch is provided through Taste Nutrition. You can visit their website at www.tastenutrition.com . For infants, parents provide breast milk or formula in plastic bottles and baby food as appropriate until the child is ready for table food.

TLC provides nutritious, well-balanced meals and high-protein snacks. We have a nut-free policy. If you wish to send a treat for snack time on your child's birthday, a holiday, or your child's last day at TLC, please talk with the classroom educators to discuss healthy options.

What to expect from the TLC Educators

The Learning Center Team is the Center's greatest resource. Their experience, understanding and support are vital to busy parents. At the same time, parental interest and support makes the work of our educators collaborative, more enjoyable and effective. TLC's teachers devote time and thought in preparing safe, developmentally interesting activities and environments, planning programs, and contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of the Center. The appreciation that parents show, and partnership with our team, pays off for everyone in a happier and motivated group of professionals and parents, working together.

TLC's primary focus is on the children and their best interests, and becomes the center for decision making. Educators are selected for their skills in working with children of specific age groups and their dedication to the social and physical well-being of the children entrusted to them. Since we know that this is one of the most demanding and challenging professions that exist, TLC attracts highly educated, experienced, competent and caring teachers. Teachers support all areas of development and celebrate daily explorations and learning, by providing interesting and challenging environments. They are also trained to help each child and family through possible separation moments or transition, or during other challenging moments.

Although TLC teachers are motivated and encouraged to turn their attention first to the children, we welcome frequent communication with parents. As you get to know our team, you will find us to be warm, engaging, and responsible. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask. Teachers welcome daily conversations about how a child is doing, or on particular needs or concerns. They will also initiate discussion with you about any concerns they have about your child or observations they think may be of interest to you. Feel free also to ask about your child's day: meals, naps, play time, social interactions, artwork, or any other activities.

Our Educational Philosophy

Our education philosophy is described on our Philosophy page.

Quotes from Families

"I was a preschool teacher myself, and I couldn't imagine a place where I would rather bring my children".

"...my child dances her way to breakfast when it's a TLC morning."

"TLC provides my children with a nurturing, consistent, and stable environment."

"The staff is extraordinary in their passion and professionalism."

Parent-Staff Communication

We encourage you to get to know our team and to communicate your questions, concerns or feedback to us at any time. The director and educators are available for questions, consultations, as well as parent conferences at your request. Parent conferences with educators are usually scheduled a couple of times per year. Additional activities are held each year, providing an opportunity for communication of information as well as more informal, social gatherings with the team and other families. The office, and each classroom, has a direct phone line. Often we do not answer the phone immediately, so as not to interrupt an ongoing conversation or activity. However, we encourage you to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Diversity

The Learning Center actively encourages diversity and has several bi-lingual teachers. Our diverse families enrich our school and everyone is encouraged to share their language, traditions, culture, music, and foods with our community.

Visiting

Parents are always welcome. To avoid disrupting the children's schedule, we ask that you check with your child's teachers or the director before you visit.

Clothing

We expect and encourage your child to be active. Please send your child in clothing in which they can get dirty. Every child should bring an additional change of clothes, including socks, shorts, underwear (for older students), pants, a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, as well as suitable outerwear for outside activities. Please label clothes with your child's initials or name. For the rainy season, send boots or rubbers or a change of shoes.

Toilet Training

When your child is ready and willing, we will encourage him or her to use the toilet. We work closely with families and children in supporting this process.