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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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. 

 

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.

Colorado Gives Day will be Here Soon!

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits. Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits. Donors like you helped TLC raise $20,350! 

This year, our goal is to raise $25,000, and we need your help!

How: Mark your calendar for December 8th, and plan to join all of Colorado in giving a gift to your favorite charities, which we hope includes TLC Learning Center, through www.ColoradoGives.org. If you like to cross things off your to-do list, you can pre-schedule your gift now!

If you'd like to go the extra mile in helping children and families this year, create your own fundraising page on www.ColoradoGives.org. Click “Sign Up” as a “Donor,” and create your free Colorado Gives account. Then, create a fundraising campaign by selecting “My Campaigns.” Designate TLC Learning Center as your non-profit organization of choice. Name your campaign (example: “Matt’s TLC Fundraiser”), then give it an easy web address next to “URL” (example: www.ColoradoGives.org/MattLovesTLC).  You can add photos and a personal appeal video if you like. Enter your fundraising goal, and  then submit your page for approval. Once it’s approved, share your fundraising page web address with your friends, family, and co-workers through email, on Facebook, or however else you’d like.

When: You can start now! You can pre-schedule your gift at Colorado Gives today, and your contributors can schedule their gifts for December 8th right now, too! So there’s no worry about forgetting to take part when Colorado Gives Day comes.

Why: Your fundraising dollars go directly to children with special needs and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can attend our high quality early childhood education programs and pediatric therapy programs. TLC’s  inclusive programs build strong minds, strong bodies, and a strong sense of compassion in all kids. AND, the 1st Bank $1 million Incentive Fund means your Colorado Gives Day dollars are matched, earning even more money for TLC.

Bonus: Gifts of $250.00 or more to TLC qualify for the Colorado Childcare Contribution Tax Credit. Click here to learn more. 

Thank you so much for your continued support!

PS - our Christmas Tree Festival tickets are on sale now! Have you got yours yet?

Support TLC with a Camera Snap!

TLC is now on Shoparoo! That means you can help earn money for TLC's education programs, pediatric therapy programs, and scholarships for children in need simply by taking a picture of your grocery receipt using the Shoparoo app. If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, download the Shoparoo app, choose TLC Learning Center as your school of choice, then snap a photo using the app whenever you make a food or beverage purchase (grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.). Your receipt will earn points for TLC, which will translate into a check for or programs in August! 

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started helping TLC today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Select TLC Learning Center from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!
3. The first 20 supporters at our school will earn an extra $1 donation from Shoparoo for their first receipt!
4. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code.

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for TLC. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!

The Shoparoo app for TLC Learning Center on an iPhone. Keep track of how much your support earns for TLC! (You can enter your name or enter as "anonymous," and all receipt information is confidential)

The Shoparoo app for TLC Learning Center on an iPhone. Keep track of how much your support earns for TLC! (You can enter your name or enter as "anonymous," and all receipt information is confidential)

Thank you for your support!

Want to help TLC in other ways? Be sure to check out our How to Help page for other easy fundraising opportunities, like Amazon Smile and King Soopers cards.