Welcome to TLC and thank you for giving us the opportunity to care for and educate your child. We are excited to be a part of your child’s life and will do our best as a care providers and role models. We will provide a safe, healthy, comfortable and fun environment where your child can grow, learn and thrive at his or her own pace. We strongly believe in respecting and nurturing the individuality within each child and are eager to help them bloom!
TLC Child Care is a state licensed child care program and preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. TLC provides a school age arts and nature based program providing full-time summer and school holiday care and part-time school year care for children ages 5 to 12.
TLC Child Care a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. As an arts and nature based early learning program, TLC Child Care will provide your child ample opportunity to utilize the outdoors as their classroom.
Through our many Grand Adventures and Eco Club hikes children will learn many useful and exciting things every day. The world is a fascinating place and we want to help kids discover it. Our "classroom"is the entire Juneau area from Eagle Beach to Thane and all spaces in between. As an arts and nature based program we use our natural enviroment as a regular focus of our daily activities. We visit the different areas of Juneau year round in order to encourage discovery of the outside world and our place within it.
We go outside every day to enjoy loosely-structured explorations and play in our natural setting. Our role as teachers is to facilitate the learning process, to ensure safety, and to provide guidance and information as needed. The children's own interests and discoveries guide these daily explorations, rather than any predetermined activity outlines or academic goals and objectives (Emergent Curriculum). The excursions and Grand Adventures can take us on a 45 minute outing or they can last all day depending upon how engaged the children are in any given activity.
Children and parents understand that these outdoor activities will often get the children wet, dirty, hot, and/or cold. Good outdoor clothes are a must, and a change of clothes is always kept on hand for each child. The underlying motto is simple: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!
Children develop their creative arts abilities in a variety of ways. We make an art or craft project and do a movement activity each day, and look for inspiration in nature as we explore outside. We believe that all children are artists and encourage self-expression through visual arts, song, movement, and dance.
Math is taught using resources such as blocks, sorting materials, and cooking activities. These resources are used for learning about classifying, patterns, sequences, adding, and subtracting. Math is also incorporated in the time we spend outdoors, using nature as the basis for learning about math.
Children investigate science in conjunction with creative arts and math with an emphasis on nature and ecology. Juneau serves as our living classroom to learn about science, whether through observing different types of weather or gaining an understanding of the of a tree by planting seeds and walking through the forest. Science is nature based and hands on.
Language arts are emphasized through all areas. Children are encouraged to tell stories, sing songs, listen to books, create their own books, act in plays, practice new words, and create their own silly words. Finally, and most importantly we are a play based program. Creativity, imagination, and respect for others and the world around us are important aspects of the program. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace through active play and discovery time.
Our students get lots of fresh air and exercise, and gain confidence in the out-of-doors, through guided nature walks, nature observation and other seasonal group activities.
At TLC Child Care, your child will participate in developmentally-appropriate activities throughout the day, such as:
- Story Time
- Show and Tell
- Puzzles and Games
- Computer Time
- Arts and Crafts
- Early literacy
- Outdoor adventuring (glacier hikes, Brotherhood trail hikes), Turf For Tots, Gymnastics, Creative Movement and many other opportunities for physical activity.
- Large, fenced-in back yard and large front patio area with sensory table, trikes, slide and lots of other great playthings.
Our Goals are to;
Ø Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children and partner with parents and community resources to promote and provide high quality care.
Ø Encourage children to develop their self-help, communication and problem solving skills.
Ø Support the children’s need for autonomy while providing consistent and reliable interaction with each child.
Ø Support the children’s need for self-awareness and positive self-image.
Ø Extend the children’s learning through hands-on learning and field trips.
Ø Offer developmentally appropriate opportunities that encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth.
Ø Teach the child to relate to others, to value friendships, and to respect all people.
Ø Help each child learn to develop self-discipline and independence and to deal with his or her emotions in an appropriate manner.
Ø Provide a well-balanced schedule of activities and quiet times.
You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect. We believe all children are precious gifts and we treat them as though they are my own.
Full-time, part-time and after-school schedules are available.
To learn more, contact us today!