Why TLC? Because Kids Come First. The difference between TLC and other childcare environments are the enrichment programs, summer camp and the loving, nurturing environment TLC provides year-round. From infant and toddler care to teaching children to read and helping with homework, TLC offers a wide variety of programs to enrich your children's daycare experience.
TLC is a believer that animals can provide important opportunities for entertainment and learning. Our animals are excellent companions. They meet the emotional needs of our kids for love and affection. Caring for our pets also gives the children an opportunity to learn how to be gentle and responsible for others.
Miss Elaine is a new addition to our TLC family. Miss Elaine provides the children with an opportunity to use their energy in creative posses and stances that Yoga has to offer. The children are also taught how to use meditation when their bodies need time to rest.
Villari's Martial Arts program offers children the ability to learn self-defense techniques, improve coordination, hone reflexes, develop self-confidence, self-discipline and much more. Each class is taught by a team of certified black belt instructors who's mission is to provide you with the highest quality martial arts training where each individual can reach their personal goals.
The Tumblebus is a gym on wheels filled with fun equipment bringing the best possible physical education class to the children at TLC. This program provides a unique and fun way for children to receive the physical fitness that so important to their development.
TLC Summer Program
The TLC Summer Program is the most cost-effective and fun-filled summer experience for your children from preschool through school age.
The Learning Center of Hopkinton offers a couple of different enrichment programs to make sure that our children receive a well-rounded curriculum and are exposed to all other media.
Music with Gerry
Gerry has been part of the TLC family for over 10 years. We look forward to listening and singing with Gerry and can't seem to get enough. Whether he provides shakers, sticks, or plain old scarf's, Gerry always has a way of making us stand up and move to the beat.
Knucklebones believes in exposing children to numerous sports and activities with the hope they develop their own passion and desire to purse one, if not many, throughout life. The teaching staff works extremely hard to provide a curriculum that is age appropriate. Their students learn first to interact actively and positively with their parents, then with their peers. They learn to respect adult instruction and follow directions.
Hopkinton State Park Clubhouse Activities
Every Thursday, the clubhouse children will have the opportunity to choose a main, small group activity. Weekly options include: hiking, swimming, fishing and canoeing or kayaking. Sign-up sheets will be available each week for the clubhouse children to select a different option suited to their interests.
Each week, TLC organizes at least one field trip for the summer program. Field trips culminate a week of organized activities based on summer themes. Each trip is an exciting adventure for your child. Staff actively work with the children to maintain optimum supervision and safety. High expectations are instilled in the children regarding positive behavior and rules while off-site, while representing TLC of Hopkinton and their families.
Safety Comes First
TLC's foremost concern is the safety of the children. Tricia has been organizing and conducting summer field trips including time at the beach with children for the past twenty-eight years. A well-seasoned staff works closely with Tricia to maintain optimum supervision and safety during the summer program.
Teachers diligently discuss the rules and prepare the children for the transition into summertime fun days. The teacher-to-child ratio will be very low-we are shooting for a 1:4 ratio within each age group. Each staff member will be responsible for a certain group of children on trip days. The director and the lead teachers will be overseeing the entire group.
Parental participation in our summer program is welcomed and appreciated. A sign-up sheet for all field trips will be posted for all those interested in helping out during the summer program.
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Don't just take our word for it. What other parents are saying:
Dear Trish and the Awesome Staff at TLC ~ Thanks for another great summer! Dennis and Greta had a blast and as usual your program was jam-packed with activities. The kids came home happy, healthy and full of things to share with me! I think it has been 5 years that the kids have been at TLC and I feel like we are part of your family. Dennis and Greta have learned unbelievable social skills and have grown into mature, independent children under your care. Safety is an obvious top priority at the Center and I never worry about the safety of my kids when they are at TLC. TLC is like a second home to the kids and I greatly appreciate the extra effort to make the kids feel comfortable. You go above and beyond to make TLC a special place and I cannot thank you enough for the love, care and support you provide for us.
Sincerely, Lisa F. -------
Dearest Trish and the TLC Family ~ When I was getting ready to have my first son, I read up on daycare research and the key takeaway for me from the literature was that it was important that children felt that whatever the care arrangement, that it is just an extension of their family. I took this to heart and have always sought an environment for my 3 children that was just that, an extension of our family. TLC fit the bill from every angle as an extension of the family, beginning with Trish, (who can only be thought of as the best Aunt in the world!) all the way down the chain of command. The staff genuinely cares for each other as individuals and that feeling of family permeates into all that they do with the kids and families… Lisa was literally Rachael’s “other mother” (I daresay second but rather a peer to myself!) and Lisa continues to hold the standard of all that is “soft and smells good” for her! Melissa, Gloria and Stephanie all mothered Kevin in turn and never once complained about that stinky “lovey” blanket (even as it deteriorated over the years!) Even with our oldest, Michael, who was only going to join field trips during the summer, I knew that I need not have a moment’s worry when Christine took Michael under her wing from the first field trip when he was just new to Hopkinton and I will never forget the love in her eyes and embrace!
For our 6 years in Hopkinton, Trish was so supportive of our unique family needs and even welcomed Michael (at 13!) to join his brother and sister on field trips while we were in temp housing preparing to move. She and her staff were always there in whatever capacity we needed them! I love the members of the TLC family as my own and have always gotten the same love in return. We have moved around and I’ve had my kids in different kinds of centers (from the posh ones with uniforms to someone’s own home) and TLC ranks the highest on my list!
Thank you, TLC for making a place for our children in your family for 6 years—we miss you in Minnesota!