The mission of TLC Learning Center is to provide, in a fiscally responsible manner, comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential.
In 1956, families from Longmont were being advised to place their children with disabilities in state institutions. Not every family felt this was a viable option and so they united together to create The Tiny Tim Center, now called TLC. TLC initially provided educational and therapeutic programs to children with developmental disabilities 3 to 21 years old. Due to legislative changes in the late 1960's, our focus changed to serve only preschool age children with special needs. In the early 1990's, we expanded our preschool program to include children who are considered 'at-risk' for future developmental and/or social-emotional concerns as well as children who are progressing within expected developmental milestones. A Therapeutic Services program was added in 1997 to provide individual occupational, physical and speech language therapies both in the home and/or on-site. In 2007, we piloted a developmental pre-kindergarten program, Learning in Advance for Kindergarten (LINK), for children not quite ready for public school kindergarten. TLC is the only agency in our community to offer unprecedented inclusion for children with special needs, those considered 'at risk', as well as 'typical' children. We promote diversity, empathy, respect, and friendship, and accept Medicaid to work with children of all backgrounds. In 2009, our agency was awarded the title of Non-Profit of the Year by the Longmont Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Longmont Community Foundation. In 2012, our preschool teacher, Mary Beth Boyer, was awarded Teacher of the Year of the St. Vrain Valley School District. In 2013, we were Longmont Mayor Coombs's Charity of Choice for as a beneficiary for the Fireball Run Adventurally.
Welcome to the TLC Learning Center! If you are looking for The Tiny Tim Center, you are in the right place. In October of 2013, we changed our name to TLC Learning Center. This name change has allowed us to better promote the wonderful mission of the Center, a mission which has NOT changed, and never will. TLC's mission is and continues to be to provide comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential. Our name change has allowed us to reach families that would have never considered The Tiny Tim Center, simply because of a name that made some families assume we were a "special needs children only" school. We are proud of our work with children with special needs, but also recognize the need for diverse classrooms with both special needs and typical children learning side-by-side. The fact that typical children benefit, sometimes even more than special needs children, when combined in an inclusive classroom, is proven over and over again by in-depth education research. Our name change was also very intentional, as we announced our intention to expand our services to include infants and toddlers at the same time as the name re-branding. TLC Learning Center recognized the need for care for our community's youngest children, and we are very excited to now share TLC mission's to even more children and families. Today, we continue to honor the grassroots and innovative spirit of the families who founded The Center back in 1956. Fifty-seven years later, we do this by focusing our energy on how to best meet the needs of every child in our community, while providing the highest quality support and services to the children enrolled in our programs. We are very excited to announce that in the spring of 2014, just days after opening the infant & toddler classrooms, TLC began our second round of the Qualistar Rating process, which is Colorado's Quality Rating System (QRS). Qualistar measures the quality of child care programs in Colorado on a scale of 1 to 4. The rating is an important part of Colorado's child care Quality Rating and Improvement System. The benefits of high quality early learning experiences for children appeal to both early childhood programs and families. By participating in the Qualistar Rating™ programs, TLC receives a detailed Quality Performance Profile© (QPP) that includes strengths and areas for improvement specific to our programs and classrooms. Families benefit by accessing the program's Quality Rating Report and by gaining an understanding of all the pieces that go into making a childcare center a quality experience for their child. This system is designed to help parents make more informed choices on the type of care they would like for their child, (kind of like a hotel star rating - the more stars, the better the quality). I am thrilled to announce that TLC Learning again received a 4-Star rating, the highest allowed. Our rating specialist commented, "It is nearly impossible to receive a 4-star rating for infant and toddler programs, as the health and safety requirements are very detailed and challenging to achieve such high standards." We are very excited to be one of only two 4-star rated programs in Longmont! The year 2013 has been a banner year for TLC Learning Center. This past year has also given us the opportunity to re-evaluate certain aspects of the program and build on the strengths of what has allowed TLC to be one of the elite childcare centers and pediatric therapeutic programs in the area for over 57 years. I tip my hat to the amazing work that has gone on before my time here, and the inspired leadership demonstrated by the Board. With the solid financial progress over the past year, the established community collaborations and support, the high-quality standards, the dedicated staff, and the incredible children in our care, I look forward to serving and furthering the mission of TLC Learning Center as we celebrate 57 years of providing services to children and families. As the new Executive Director of TLC, it is my honor and privilege to introduce you to the inaugural TLC Learning Center Annual report, and I encourage you to dig into the heart and soul of this great organization, get involved, and come by anytime to see our mission in action! Sincerely, Matt Eldred Executive Director
"As a parent of young children, I faced the challenge of deciding where to send my children to preschool. As I looked around the community, I was reaffirmed in my belief and knowledge that The Tiny Tim Center (now TLC) offers children an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else. The dedication of the staff to the growth and development of each and every child is demonstrated in day to day interactions as well as planning and implementation. Seeing children of all abilities learning and playing together is something that cannot be taught; it has to be experienced. I have seen first hand how the children who are typically developing and the children who have identified needs learn from and teach each other." Read more testimonials by parents and grandparents at our website: http://www.learningwithtlc.org/testimonials/