Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Credits for End of Year Giving

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Dear Friends,

As a friend and supporter of TLC Learning Center, you know that our mission 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 order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of the members of our community for support.

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law and will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The bill will significantly increase the standard deduction in 2018 and future years, and because of this, fewer of our donors will receive a federal income tax deduction for charitable giving. We have summarized a few points below to help you decide if it makes sense for your family to make a donation to TLC before December 31, 2017:

•    Donate before year-end to maximize your 2017 tax deduction - If you donate to TLC before the close of business on December 31, 2017, your donation will be deductible on your 2017 tax return before the new tax bill goes into effect in 2018.  
•    Donor Advised Funds - You are allowed to take a charitable donation deduction on your 2017 tax return by putting money or stock into a donor advised fund for future donations to TLC. Simply open an account with your wealth manager or online brokerage, fund it before December 31, 2017, and you will be able to deduct this amount on your 2017 tax return. This account can be used to make your future donations to TLC. Learn more about donor advised funds and strategies to maximize your charitable giving deductions in this article from the New York Times.
•    Double your benefit by donating appreciated stock – If you transfer appreciated stock to your donor advised fund or directly to TLC, your charitable donation deduction is the fair market of the stock at the time of the donation. You are allowed a deduction for the appreciated value of marketable securities, rather than your cost basis, which could significantly increase your donation deduction and avoid paying tax on your capital gain. 
•    Colorado Child Care Tax Credit – A donation to TLC qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit. The credit is equal to 50% of your donation and reduces your Colorado income tax liability dollar for dollar on annual donations of $100,000 or less. Any unused credits carry forward up to 5 years. The Colorado credit is not impacted by the new tax bill, so we expect the credit to be available in future years as well. 

Please consult your tax advisor prior to making any charitable contributions. This is intended for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as tax advice.

Thank you again for everything you do to support TLC Learning Center and to give back to those in need! And thank you for taking the time to consider making a year-end donation to TLC to help support our program! Your gift is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Matt Eldred
TLC Executive Director
 

Please Vote "Yes" on 1A This November

A special message from Bobbie Watson, Executive Director, The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County:

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The County Commissioners have put a ballot measure on this fall called Worthy Cause IV, an extension of a 0.05% countywide sales and use tax which was first passed by Boulder County voters in 2000. These funds are used to provide non-profit safety net providers with funds for ‘bricks and mortar’-that is to either buy new buildings and/or expand/renovate existing buildings. I know that many of you are aware of programs who have benefited from these funds including: 

  • The OUR Center
  • The Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
  • The Homeless Shelter
  • The Wild Plum Center in Longmont
  • Clinic Campesina
  • The Boulder Safehouse
  • EFAA, and many others.  

There con tinues to be increasing demands on all of our safety net providers. You may recall the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign in 2014 which passed with broad approval. Those funds go to support safety net program costs like salaries, program materials, etc. But our non-profit partners also need have up-to-date facilities in which to provide their programs.

That is why I am urging you to support Worthy Cause IV. The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County Board has endorsed this ballot measure. This extension would go until Dec 31, 2033, and revenues would be used in the following manner:

I urge you to continue to support your neighbors in Boulder County. Please vote YES on ballot measure 1A.
 

 
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Bienvenidos a TLC Learning Center!

Traducido por Lupe Morales, TLC Profesor

TLC Learning Center: Enriqueciendo el éxito de todos los niños desde 1956

Bienvenidos a TLC Learning Center, donde los niños de todas las habilidades e historiales aprenden juntos en un ambiente enriquecedor y positivo. 

El centro de aprendizaje de TLC es un centro de educación infantil temprana para infantes, niños pequeños y preescolares con un centro de terapia pediátrica en el lugar ubicado en Longmont, Colorado. Nuestras aulas preparan a cada niño para kindergarten a través de alfabetización y currículo enfocado en STEM (Ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas. Desarrollamos un comportamiento social y emocional positivo en cada niño, creando un ambiente de aprendizaje holístico que se centra en todo el niño. Además del desarrollo cognitivo y socio-emocional, los estudiantes de preescolar TLC participan en Yoga para niños y jóvenes atletas para el desarrollo de habilidades motrices finas y gruesas. TLC ganó el programa de 2017 jóvenes atletas del año en Colorado.

TLC atiende a los niños en un ambiente completamente inclusivo y deliberadamente diverso para fomentar la compasión y el pensamiento crítico en todos nuestros estudiantes. Para cumplir con nuestra misión – proveer educación integral y servicios terapéuticos de la niñez temprana para ayudar a cada niño en alcanzar su potencial más alto – estamos calificados en el nivel cuatro por Colorado Shines. 

Nuestros salones de infantes, de niños pequeños y preescolares están abiertos durante todo el año para servir mejor a nuestras familias. El salón de infantes de TLC sirve a niños desde ocho semanas de edad. Nuestros salones de niños pequeños sirven a niños hasta 2 1/2 años de edad. Nuestro programa de preescolar sirve a niños de hasta seis años de edad. Todos nuestros salones de clase sirven a niños con desarrollo típico (que no se ha identificado ninguna necesidad especial o retraso en el desarrollo), al igual que a niños con retraso en el desarrollo o necesidades especiales. Salones de clase diversos son parte de nuestro modelo de aprendizaje totalmente inclusivo.

La terapia física, ocupacional y de lenguaje para niños de hasta 12 anos de edad ofrecida aquí en el mismo lugar permite al personal de TLC identificar retrasos en el desarrollo y necesidades especiales en los niños tan pronto como sea posible y proveer una intervención temprana para mejorar resultados a largo plazo. 

  Los estudiantes de TLC son de origen diverso, y estamos muy orgullosos de nuestros salones de clase totalmente inclusivos donde los niños con habilidades típicas (que no se han identificado necesidades especiales) aprenden y juegan al lado de otros niños con retrasos en el desarrollo o necesidades especiales. Salones de clase inclusivos promueven compasión y cuidado a los niños y se benefician ambos, niños con habilidades típicas y niños con necesidades especiales.

TLC fue fundado como The Tim Center en 1956 por familias locales, y ha servido a la comunidad con la más alta calidad de cuidado de infantes, de niños pequeños, preescolares y terapias pediátricas desde entonces. 

Tome un recorrido por nuestras instalaciones, aprenda sobre nuestros programas de Educación temprana de niños y nuestros programas de terapia pediátrica, lea nuestro blog, vea nuestro último boletín, hojee nuestro informe anual, o pónganse en contacto con nosotros para más información y programe un recorrido por nuestras instalaciones. ¡Nos complaceremos de tenerlos aquí! 
 

Welcome to TLC's 61st Year Serving Children!

 TLC preschooler Oliver paints in Ms. Jen's classroom.

TLC preschooler Oliver paints in Ms. Jen's classroom.

Welcome to 2017 at the TLC Learning Center!  We're a little late on the new year's welcome, but we've been busy growing (we have a new toddler classroom and full or nearly-full preschool classrooms and infant nursery) and learning. Whenever you arrive, we're glad you're here!

For over 60 years, TLC’s mission has been 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. For this first blog in 2017, I am very pleased to announce that TLC Learning Center will finish our fiscal year 2016 with a positive net ordinary income bottom line! This is a huge accomplishment and only happens when you have a strategy-minded board of directors, focused and competent leadership, dedicated teachers and therapists, and a supportive community. Because of the success of our two fundraisers (2nd annual Kentucky Derby Party and 35th annual Christmas Tree Festival), full classrooms and caseloads, excellent turnout for Colorado Gives Day, and public and private foundations awarding us with much needed resources, along with conservative spending and operations, we were able to achieve a positive bottom line for the first time since we moved into our new facility in 2005.

We have lofty goals for 2017, but we need your help.  Here are the top 10 things you can do to support TLC Learning Center:

1.     Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the 3rd annual TLC Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, May 6th at Schlagel Farms.
2.    Contribute to TLC through your company’s matching gift program, or sign-up to support TLC on a monthly basis at ColoradoGives.org (you can also contact us at 303-776-7417 to set up a monthly gift, as we can only accept one-time gifts on our website at this time).
3.    Commit now to sponsoring a tree at the 36th Annual TLC Learning Center Christmas Tree festival using this form.
4.    Refer a friend to TLC for any child eight weeks to six years old and that family will get 50% off their first month of tuition. See our flyer for more information.
5.    Have your employer call TLC Learning Center and become a corporate partner and all employees will get 10% off tuition!
6.    Connect a new business that is moving to town with TLC Learning Center and help them become a part of the TLC community as an event sponsor or financial supporter.
7.    Invite me to come speak at your Rotary club, church mission’s committee, or civic group.
8.    Donate a monetary gift or item to our classrooms or pediatric therapy rooms. Visit our supply wish list to see what we're most in need of right now.
9.    Contact us with information about family foundations, community grants, or other philanthropic opportunities to share the mission of TLC Learning Center.
10.    Be an advocate for all children in our community and partner with TLC as we ensure every child is able reach his or her highest potential.  
Thank you for your support and feel free to come visit us anytime!  

Help for Riley, a TLC Kiddo

Because TLC is a combined preschool and pediatric therapy center, we work with both healthy, thriving children and medically fragile children. Sometimes our medically fragile children make huge strides in gaining strength and independence, but sometimes the challenges they face are far greater than any a child should ever be asked to overcome.

Riley is a seven year old boy with bright blue eyes and an infectious giggle who has been part of the TLC community since 2010. In 2013 he was diagnosed with PKAN, a progressive neurological disorder that causes progressive degeneration of specific areas in the central nervous system, affecting movement and muscle tone. Recently, Riley has had rapid progression of this disease and has been at Children’s Hospital for two weeks in and out of medically induced comas to try to help bring him relief.

Seeing Riley shift from a vibrant, healthy child who wants to do normal things like play and be with his family to a child who can't leave his hospital bed has been extremely difficult both for Riley and those who love him, including his family and the TLC staff who have worked with him for six of his seven years.

Riley's family has partnered with the Martyred Angels charity out of Boulder, who is sponsoring a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Riley's medical expenses, expenses that are consuming most of the family's income (Riley's primary caregiver is his mother Erin, a single mom). Right now the primary focus of Riley's care is on making him comfortable for the time he has remaining with his family. Please keep Riley and his hope for recovery in your thoughts, and be thankful for everyday your children are healthy.

As Riley is part of the TLC family, we're sharing his story and GoFundMe page here, should anyone be interested in helping him and his family during this very difficult time. 

 

Hear What Parents are Saying About TLC!

 TLC celebrates all of our families! Recently we welcomed new Speech Therapist Grace to our staff, and her daughter Daphne to our infant room

TLC celebrates all of our families! Recently we welcomed new Speech Therapist Grace to our staff, and her daughter Daphne to our infant room

We love when our parents and families share their thoughts about how TLC has impacted their children. Below are a few comments we've received from current parents, and we are so thrilled to be such a positive experience in their family's lives! You can read what other families have to say on our Testimonials page.

Isabel Cardoza, TLC preschool parents

I am really happy with TLC. I've noticed my son's improvements while coming to school - he wakes up energetic and happy to attend school. He also loves his teacher Ms. Caitlin. Everyone is so nice and kind and very supportive.

Robin Newman, TLC preschool parent

We are very happy with TLC. My son enjoys coming to school each day. We have a great support system here and I am thankful for each and every person - Caitlin, Lupe, Lindsey, Cindy, Breck, Cynthia and Kelly. TLC is a fantastic preschool! Thank you for all that you're doing for my son.

Marley & Jason Woods, TLC toddler parents

We love TLC. Our son just turned two and can already count to 20 and knows his alphabet. The teachers at TLC are amazing. My son is excited to go to school everyday!

TLC parent to a preschool four year old

I am very happy with TLC! My daughter has always loved school, but had a bad experience at a different school. I switched her to TLC and within a couple of weeks she was back to loving school again! TLC is so loving, patient, and genuine. So grateful to TLC!

We're Growing!

 Our intrepid toddlers are sailing into new territory... a third classroom!

Our intrepid toddlers are sailing into new territory... a third classroom!

In response to community need, TLC will be opening a third toddler classroom by the end of June! The renovations were completed over spring break (thank you so much to our partners and grantors who contributed to the project) and we plan on opening the new room on June 20th. TLC will welcome new staff Karianne as the room's new lead teacher, and Mera as the new assistant teacher.

With the opening of a third toddler classroom, there will be some transitions for students in June. If your child will be affected by this change at TLC, you will be notified by your child’s teacher. 

Thank you to the support of the parents and community who have trusted us with the care and education of your children. We hope to continue to serve as many children as we are able with high quality, fully inclusive early childhood education programming, and this expansion is another opportunity for us to open our classroom doors to more families.

 

Fundraiser for TLC Student Ximena Mendoza

Ximena Mendoza was a beloved four year old student at TLC. You might recognize her in this photo we used on our postcard for Colorado Gives Day, because her smile was beautiful and infectious. She passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday morning. She was the only child of her parents, Eridany and Juan, and TLC is raising funds to help cover the funeral expenses. We can't imagine the pain of losing a child, but hope to help in whatever small way we can. Ximena had been with TLC since she was an infant, and will be incredibly missed by the staff, her friends, and the TLC community. If you'd like to help us support her family in this difficult time we thank you from each and every one of us at TLC.

TLC Celebrates 60 Years in 2016!

BECOME A 16/60 PARTNER WITH TLC LEARNING CENTER!

Help to encourage the community to support TLC Learning Center;

introduce new people to your business!

 

Recently, TLC Learning Center made front page news when it announced a unique fundraising initiative. Called the 16/60 Diamond Anniversary Pledge Drive (so named because 2016 is our 60th anniversary), it works like this: people sign up to give TLC $16 or $60 (though, we’re happy to take any amount) per month. In addition to knowing they are helping to fund essential programs, scholarships, and staff, members also enjoy “perks” from local businesses. That’s where you and your business come in!

We’re asking you to join other TLC Partner’s (such as the award-winning LEFT HAND BREWERY) in offering 16/60 supporters fun, exclusive perks. For February, Left Hand is offering “a special TLC-exclusive flight of beer.” (It’s capped at 50 recipients.)

Our partners have offered us a few different options for what they felt might be good perks. Likewise, we’d love to get your thoughts on what you might be willing to offer should you decide to partner with us. And of course, we’re delighted if it means introducing new faces to your business!

Give us a call at 303.776.7417 and ask to speak with David Obuchowski (Interim Development Manager), or Matt Eldred (Executive Director) about becoming a partner. Or, if you prefer, email David at dobuchowski@learningwithtlc.org.